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Win: Brandon O'Sullivan (1-0) 1.254402
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Wolves on wrong side of 14-10 score with Belmont Abbey

Wolves on wrong side of 14-10 score with Belmont Abbey
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves fall to 1-1 this week as they drop the only decision they have with the Belmont Abbey Crusaders this season 14-10 on Wednesday evening.

Newberry falls to 17-15 overall while Belmont Abbey improves to 16-14 in 2015.

With a plethora of runs, 28 combined between the two squads, scoring was not an issue, but the Wolves struggled leaving men on base and stranded 13 runners throughout the game. Both sides also saw troubles on the defensive side of the ball as eight errors occurred in the game, five made by Belmont Abbey.  

Newberry was 3-of-14 with runners in scoring position while the Crusaders went 7-for-14.

Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) was tagged with the loss after being pulled with only two-thirds of an inning thrown. He was charged with eight runs, five earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out one.

Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the Newberry hitters with three hits in six trips to the plate. The senior blasted his second home run of the season with a three run bomb and also recorded a double with four runs driven in and two runs scored. Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and as many runs batted in.

Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) each posted two hits and scored a run each for the Wolves.

Eight runs crossed the plate in the top of the first for Belmont Abbey which put the Wolves in an early hole. Three doubles and a triple mixed with an error and three walks spelled disaster for Newberry as Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) came on in relief to close out the inning, but 8-0 stood on the board after the first half inning.

Clarey then preceded to post two straight zeros on the board for Newberry in the second and third, retiring six straight batters.

Camp led off the bottom half of the first with a walk and came around to score on an infield single by Sheridan to put the score at 8-1 after one complete inning.

Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Camp after back-to-back errors by the Crusaders loaded the bases. However, only the one run crossed and at the end of the second Newberry had climbed within six with the score standing at 6-2.

Sheridan roped a double to right-center to put a runner on second with one-out in the home half of the third and the next batter Ben Herring (Hopkins, S.C.) took a 1-1 fastball the other way for his second home run of the year, a two-run moon shot to cut the lead to 8-4.

Five more runs crossed the plate for the Crusaders after a leadoff home run got the top of the fourth inning started. A double with one out was followed up by a hit-by-pitch to put runners on first and second. Two singles, a double and a fielder’s choice plated the other runs and the Wolves faced a nine run deficit with the score 13-5 in favor of Belmont Abbey after three-and-a-half innings of play.

Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) tossed two scoreless innings after Clarey, facing only seven batters and striking out two without surrendering a hit. Clarey’s final line in the game was 3.1 innings with five runs on six hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) threw the top of the seventh and did not give up a hit while walking one and fanning a pair.

A leadoff single by D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) got things rolling for Newberry in the seventh as Camp followed him with a single and Baur was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Sheridan. A passed ball allowed Martinez to score before the senior hit a laser over the left field fence on a 2-1 fastball for a three-run home run, his second of the season, closing the deficit back to four with the Crusaders up 13-9 at the end of seven complete.

Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) gave up one run in the top of the eight on two hits and Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) threw a scoreless ninth for the Wolves on the mound, but only a single run was manufactured by Newberry in the final two innings as Bass reached on an error to start the eighth and scored on the second sacrifice fly of the game by Camp to send the score to its final standing of 14-10.

Newberry will travel to Wingate, N.C., this weekend for a three game set with the Wingate University Bulldogs. The Friday night contest will begin at 6 p.m. with a Saturday double header beginning at 1 p.m.