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Win: Joe Marlow (2-0) 4.040012
Loss: Robert Westenrieder (1-2) 7.085545
Albert Baur (NBY) 402000
Jeff Sneed (NBY) 402000
Zach Moon (USCA) 402100
Chaz Pal (USCA) 302100
USC Aiken outpaces Wolves

USC Aiken outpaces Wolves
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

AIKEN – The Newberry Wolves came up on the short of end of the 5-1 score at Roberto Hernandez Stadium against the USC Aiken Pacers on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss the Wolves drop to 14-13 on the year while USC Aiken improves to 19-7.

Newberry left nine runners on base and did not record a hit in nine attempts with runners in scoring position while the Pacers struggled with men on as well, leaving seven aboard and only managed one hit with runners in scoring position in nine tries.

Erik Davis (3-0) picked up the win for USC Aiken in two innings of relief while Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to drop to 1-2 on the season.

Westenrieder went a career high seven complete innings and allowed five runs, all earned, on eight hits. The southpaw struck out nine and walked four in the outing. 

Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) tossed one scoreless inning in relief of Westenrider, not allowing a hit and striking out one batter. 

Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) led Newberry offensively as each tallied two hits apiece in four trips to the plate with Sneed and Ben Herring (Hopkins, S.C.) both hitting doubles in the contest. 

The Wolves had a chance to get on the board first in the top of the second after an infield single from Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) and a double from Sneed put runners on second and third with one out.

However, USC Aiken starter Joe Marlow was able to pitch out of the jam and leave the runners stranded.

The Pacers had their chance to score squandered in the home half of the second as Chaz Pal doubled to right center with only one out but Westenrieder recorded a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning.

The third inning went quietly for both sides but USC Aiken set the pace in the bottom of the fourth. A single to right by TJ Costen and a double down the leftfield line from Zach Moon to start the inning set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Pal and the Pacers drew first blood. A fielder’s choice put two outs on the board but Matt Bosse drove a 0-1 pitch over the right field fence for a two-run home run and extended the score to 3-0 before the end of the frame.

Newberry answered in the top of the fourth as D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) led off the inning with a single to centerfield. Martinez stole second and advanced to third on a groundout to second base before the next batter, JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) drove in what turned out to be the lone run of the game for the Wolves as he tabbed a sacrifice fly to left center on a full count to plate Martinez and cut the Aiken lead to 3-1.

The Pacers brought their lead back to three after a pair of walks led to runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth. The runner from first took off before the pitch and caused chaos, allowing the runner from third just enough time to slide under the tag at home plate, moving the score to 4-1.

Moon hit a seeing-eye single through the six hole in the bottom of the seventh to plate Tyler Moore who picked up a base hit down the leftfield line and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt earlier in the inning. Moore crossing the plate put the score at 5-1, what played out to be the final score of the game.

The Wolves only managed eight hits on the evening and after Martinez scored in the fifth, only three runners reached base and none were able to advance past second base.

Newberry returns home for South Atlantic Conference play this weekend as they host the Tusculum Pioneers at the Smith Road Complex on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.