NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves dropped their mid-week non-conference game with the USC Aiken Pacers on Wednesday evening 5-1, but now they must now focus their sights on a more important task, defending the home turf from the visiting Tusculum Pioneers. Newberry and Tusculum will meet for a three game series this weekend on Friday and Saturday with 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. start times, respectively.
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Smith Road Complex
WHEN: Fridday, March 20, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m. DH
RECORDS: Newberry 14-13, 7-7 SAC and Tusculum 14-8, 9-3 SAC
LIVE AUDIO: AM 1240 WKDK in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
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WEATHER: Few clouds from time to time with a low around 50 degrees Friday night and an afternoon high of 72; Saturday mainly sunny skies and a high of 73 degrees will give way to clouds and a chance of evening showers
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) each recorded 2-for-4 nights at the plate while Sneed and Ben Herring (Hopkins, S.C.) both tabbed doubles in the game.
Freshman southpaw Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year, but he did go a career high seven complete innings while allowing five runs on eight hits. He also fanned five Pacer batters while surrendering four walks.
Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) threw a scoreless inning in relief without giving up a hit, walking one and picking up a strikeout.
Newberry will face a very hot Tusculum team that began the year 4-6 but has since gone on a 10-2 to sit at 14-8 overall and 9-3 in South Atlantic Conference play, currently in second place in the league standings.
Tusculum sits in the bottom two slots in the conference in batting average (11th), on-base percentage (11th) and slugging percentage (10th). The Pioneers are hitting .262 as a team and have the least amount of hits in the SAC. However, their pitching is keeping them afloat in the conference as they rank fourth with a 4.40 ERA, have allowed the second fewest walks (68) and hits (208) and the third fewest runs (126) so far this season.
The Wolves come into this series with the second-highest on-base percentage in the SAC at .402 while ranking sixth in slugging percenatge and batting average. They have compiled the third most hits and lead the league in base on balls. On the mound Newberry has the second-most strikeouts (222) and third most strikeouts per game (8.80).
The Pioneers will send their ace, Placido Torres, to the mound on Friday night. The junior has a 3-1 record with a 3.44 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched, the eighth most in the league. The right-hander has accumulated the fourth most strikeouts in the league with 46 and opponents are only hitting .234 against him on the year. Newberry will counter with senior right-hander Jon Rosenberger on the mound Friday night. The Anderson, S.C., native has a 0-2 record, but that doesn't show how well he has thrown. The righty has logged 29.1 innings on the mound and has a 3.68 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .264 opposition batting average in eight appearances and four starts.
On Saturday the Wolves will send Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) and Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) to the bump to face Tusculum's McKenly Berry and Ethan Carpenter.
Camp is 4-2 on the year with a 2.85 ERA in 41.0 innings pitched while carrying an 8.1:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The senior southpaw has the eighth most strikeouts in the conference with 42 and is fourth in innings pitched, tenth in strikeouts per game (9.22) and sixth in ERA. Opponents are hitting just .285 off him this season.
Cromer is 3-3 in 10 appearances and six starts this season with three complete games under his belt, the most in the SAC. He is seventh in the league with 36.2 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts. The right-hander sports a 5.15 ERA and a .288 opponent batting average.
Berry carries a 2-3 record into this weekend with a 4.78 ERA and only 14 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched. Carpenter has an unblemished 2-0 record for the year in six appearances and five starts. The sophomore righty has tossed 27.2 innings and has a 3.25 ERA to go along with 13 strikeouts and 12 walks.