NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves are coming off a South Atlantic Conference series split with the Mars Hill Lions on Monday afternoon in Mars Hill. With the split the Wolves completed five games in a three day span, going 2-3 in those contests.
Newberry will have a big in-region, non-conference battle on Wednesday as they face the USC Aiken Pacers.
WHERE: Aiken, S.C. - Roberto Hernandez Stadium
WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m.
RECORDS: Newberry 14-12, 7-7 SAC and USC Aiken 18-7, 9-6 PBC
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.PacerSports.com
LIVE STATS: http://www.PacerSports.com
WEATHER: Sunshine and a high of 66 degrees with no chance of rain and some afternoon clouds, winds ENE at 10-15 mph
The Wolves picked up their second extra-inning victory of the season on Monday in the 7-4 triumph over Mars Hill, as a back-and-forth contest finally came to a halt with three runs in the top of the tenth that turned out to be too steep a climb for the Lions to overcome.
However, the second the game did not go as planned for Newberry as the Lions jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Newberry gave a valiant effort in the top of the seventh but the Lions were able to prevail to force the series split.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Wolves offensively with a 4-for-9 day which included a double, home run and two runs batted in. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.), Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) and Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) each tallied three hits apiece in the double header. Kosch picked up a double and two runs batted in while Bass scored two runs and Camp hit a double and crossed the plate three times.
Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) was 2-for-3 with a double in game two while Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) picked up his third home run of the year, a three-run blast in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring at 6-4 in favor of Mars Hill.
Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) picked up his first win on the mound this season after tossing 4.2 innings of scoreless relief in game one, scattering four hits and allowing one run. The senior right-hander struck out three batters and did not allow a free pass while Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) recorded his first save in a perfect inning of relief, picking up a pair of strikeouts.
Newberry is going up against a stout USC Aiken team that is swinging a hot bat. The Pacers are currently batting .349 as a team with 53 doubles, eight triples and 28 home runs. They have scored 237 runs but have batted in 213, which equates to 90% of their runs. On the mound the team has a 5.43 ERA in 222 innings pitched. USC Aiken's staff has allowed 149 runs, 134 earned, on 241 hits while issuing 98 walks and recording 215 strikeouts. The opposition is batting .272 against the Pacers.
Aiken is led by junior college transfer Chaz Pal who leads the team in multiple offensive categories. He has tallied team highs with 40 hits in 104 at bats (.385), 35 runs batted in and 34 runs scored.
The Pacers have also seen production from Ty Barkell and TJ Costen. Barkell, a senior infielder, is batting .448 on the season with 39 hits, four home runs, 27 runs scored and 30 runs batted in. He also carries a .701 slugging percentage and a team high .510 on-base percentage. Costen, a senior outfielder, will head into the game hitting at a .378 clip with 37 hits in 98 trips to the plate. He leads the team in doubles with 10 and is second in walks with 13 free passes.
The Wolves will send freshman left-hander Robert Westenrieder to the hill to face the Pacers, marking the southpaw's fourth start of the season. Thus far he has compiled a 1-1 record with a 6.27 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched. He has surrendered 16 runs, 13 earned, while giving up 13 walks and has struck out 17 batters with the opposition batting .303 against him.
USC Aiken will counter with senior right-hander Ben Black. Black has a 2-0 record on the year with a 12.08 ERA in just 12.2 innings of work. He has allowed 27 hits and 17 runs, all earned, while carrying a 13:2 strikeout to walk ratio. Opposing batters are hitting a stifling .450 agianst him in 60 at bats.