NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves salvaged the third game of the South Atlantic Conference series on Sunday, 8-5, to avoid the sweep by the Brevard Tornados. Saturday's scores were 9-3 and 5-0 in favor of Brevard to take the series from Newberry.
The Wolves will be tested physically, and mentally, on Monday as the two games they will play will be the fourth and fifth games in a three day span for the team, not to mention another pivital series for Newberry as they currently sit sixth in the South Atlantic Conference standings, right on the heels of Anderson, Lincoln Memorial and Wingate.
WHERE: Mars Hill, N.C. - Henderson Field
WHEN: Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m. DH
RECORDS: Newberry 13-11, 6-6 SAC and Mars Hill 6-13, 3-9 SAC
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE VIDEO: N/A
LIVE STATS: http://www.MarsHillLions.com
WEATHER: Sunshine and a high of 72 degrees with no chance of rain, winds NW at 10-15 mph
Newberry struggled on Saturday as they left 17 runners on base in the two games while only picking up two hits in 19 chances with runners in scoring postion.
Sunday sang a different tune as the Wolves were 5-of-15 with runners in scoring postion and mounted a six-run ninth inning to take an 8-5 come from behind win over the Tornados.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) led Newberry offensively as he was 8-for-13 in the three games with a triple, home run, three runs driven in and three runs scored. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) tallied six hits in 11 trips to the plate which included a pair of doubles, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) notched five hits in eight at bats, including a double, and drove in a pair.
Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) picked up the lone win on the mound, going 2.2 innings while scattering four hits, allowing three walks and fanning four without surrendering a run. Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) also tabbed a scoreless inning of relief in the first game and did not allow a base runner.
Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) will get the ball to start game one in the double header with the Lions tomorrow, the second start of his young career. On the year the sophomore has tabulated an 0-1 record to go with a team low 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has struck out 20 batters and the opposition is batting just .204 against him.
Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) gets the nod for game two as he just suffered his first loss of the year this past Wednesday against Lander. The senior carries a 3-1 record with a 7.40 ERA in five starts and has mowed down 25 batters, giving up only seven free passes in 20.2 innings pitched. The right-hander last started at Mars Hill on February 15, 2013, and went all nine innings to pick up the win. He sat down six Lion's batters while scattering nine hits, allowing four runs, of which three were earned, in the Wolves' 5-4 victory.
Newberry is 8-12 when facing Mars Hill in the month of March, dating back to 1987.