NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves took the final contest with the Anderson Trojans on Tuesday night, 7-6, to finish the regular season with a 4-1 record versus the Trojans. This marks the first mid-week contest that the Wolves have won since defeating Anderson on the road on March 4.
Newberry comes into tonight's game with a 5-5 record during non-conference action and this will be the first and only meeting with the Belmont Abbey Crusaders this season.
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Smith Road Complex
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m.
RECORDS: Newberry 17-14, 9-8 SAC and Belmont Abbey 15-14, 11-7 CC
LIVE AUDIO: AM 1240 WKDK in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE STATS: http://www.NewberryStats.com
WEATHER: 64 degrees and mostly cloudy at game time with no chance of rain and a slight breeze blowing west-northwest
The Trojans got on the board first in last night's contest but the Wolves jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Anderson fought back with a three-run inning to close the gap within one, but Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) blasted a breaking ball deep into the pond behind the left field fence that served to be the winning run for Newberry in the bottom of the seventh.
Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) improved to 2-2 on the year as he was dubbed the win in six complete innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on eight hits. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) logged the final three innings to record his third save of the season and tallied six strikeouts which tied his career high from Catawba on February 24, 2013.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) led all hitters with a 4-for-5 outing that included a double, triple and two runs scored. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.), Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) all had two hits apiece. Bradley ripped a triple while Sheridan hit a double and drove in three runs and Martinez tabbed a double and scored a run for the Wolves.
The Crusaders are coming off another marathon outing with the Wingate Bulldogs on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were able to pull out a 14-12 victory to improve to 2-0 over Belmont Abbery, the other contest had an 18-16 final score.
The Crusaders come into this contest with a 15-14 overall record and stand at 11-7 in Conference Carolinas play, setting them in fourth place as of Wednesday morning.
They carry a .304 batting average and a .465 slugging percentage as a team that ranks third in Conference Carolinas and their .399 on-base percentage is high enough for second in the charts.
Anthony Dimino is the leading hitter with .405 average and a team high 47 hits to go along with a .517 slugging percentage with 10 doubles. Nick Nunziato is the power in the Crusaders lineup as he has amassed 20 extra-base hits in his 30 total hits on the season. He is batting .316 with nine doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 30 runs scored, 25 runs batted in and a .737 slugging percentage. However, he also leads the team with 34 strikeouts in 95 at bats.
On the mound Belmont Abbey has a 6.84 ERA in 235.2 innings pitched. They have surrendered 302 hits and 109 walks while striking out 188 opposing batters. The opposition is hitting .311 against the Crusaders' staff who is next to last in ERA and have given up the most home runs in Conference Carolinas play.
Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) will get the start for the Wolves on the mound. The right-hander got off to a hot start, winning three of his first four starts, bu the senior has seen a bump in the road as he has dropped his last two decisions and looks to rebound tonight at the Smith Road Complex. He sits at 3-2 on the year with a 7.43 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 30 hitters while only allowing eight walks and the opposition is batting .295 against him in his six starts this season.