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Win: Daniel Nations (2-1) 2.240034
Loss: R. Williams (0-1) 0.012100
JoJo Bradley (NBY) 523200
R. Smith (BC) 512100
C. Dix (BC) 312010
Wolves dodge natural disaster with six-run ninth

Wolves dodge natural disaster with six-run ninth
Sunday, March 15, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

BREVARD, N.C. – The Wolves pulled off a miraculous come back to avoid the series sweep against the Brevard Tornados on Sunday afternoon at Gil Coan Field to record their second come from behind victory this season.

Newberry scored six runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-5 win and improve to 13-11 on the season and 6-6 in South Atlantic Conference play. Brevard falls to 12-13 and 6-10 in league action.

JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) led all hitters with three hits in five trips to the plate with a triple, two runs driven in and two runs scored. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) tabbed two doubles in five plate appearances while scoring a run and driving in a pair. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) was also 2-for-5 with an RBI and crossed the plate twice.

Newberry starter Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) went six strong innings allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four.

Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) was dubbed with the win (2-1) after tossing 2.2 innings of relief, scattering four hits, striking out four and walking three without surrendering a run.

Brevard starter J.D. Chaplain went six and one-third allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and tallied three strikeouts. The Tornados went through six pitchers throughout the game but Ryan Williams was tagged with the loss after being charged with the go-ahead run in the ninth.

A pitcher’s duel summed up the game through five complete innings as only two Brevard batters reached base and the Wolves on had five batters get on.

Newberry jumped on the board first as Kosch reached on an error by the first baseman to lead off the top of the sixth. Bradley followed Kosch by sending a 1-2 pitch to the right-center field wall for a triple and Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) knocked home Bradley on an RBI groundout to give the Wolves a 2-0 advantage at the end of the sixth.

Brevard rallied in the bottom of the inning but after loading the bases with only one away, the Tornados still could not scratch a run, leaving three runners on base.

However, the Tornados got on the board in the bottom of the seventh as a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases without an out. A sacrifice fly plated the first run for Brevard and left runners on the corners with one out. A single and a double put the Tornados on top 4-2 but when the dust finally settled the Wolves faced a 5-2 deficit.

A miraculous comeback was brewed in the last frame as Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) drew a leadoff walk and a single from Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) put runners on the corners without an out. Brad Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.) hit a hard ground ball in the hole off the glove of the Tornados' third baseman to cut the lead to 5-3 before back-to-back singles from Kosch and Bradley knotted the score at five without Brevard recording an out.  A RBI-double from Sheridan and a fielding error by the Tornados regained Newberry the lead before Camp singled to score Sheridan and up the score to its final resting place of 8-5.

Nations retired the Brevard batters in order in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to seal the win for the Wolves and deny the Tornados a South Atlantic Conference series sweep.

The momentum from today’s game will need to roll into tomorrow as Newberry will travel to Mars Hill for two, seven-inning contests with the Mars Hill Lions. The games are makeups from the washout on February 20-21 and will have a 1 p.m. first pitch.