WINGATE, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves took a pair of South Atlantic Conference games off the Wingate Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. This is the first Saturday double header sweep for Newberry since March 29, 2008, when the Indians took 2-1 and 9-0 victories over Wingate.
On March 28, 2015, the Wolves took 7-4 and 11-1 decisions to improve to a 19-15 overall record and 11-8 in South Atlantic Conference play. Wingate drops to 21-11 on the year and 12-11 in league play.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) led Newberry offensively with a combined 12-for-17 effort that included three doubles, three runs batted in and five runs scored. Sheridan was 7-for-10 with two doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Bass had five hits in seven trips to the plate, scoring three runs and driving in one with a double.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) totaled four hits in nine at bats with three runs driven in and as many scored. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) drew five free passes and scored three times in the games while Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) had a trio of runs scored and runs batted in. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) also crossed the plate three times for Newberry.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) went 7.2 innings for the Wolves, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one. The senior southpaw picked up his fifth win of the season to improve his record to 5-2 in the 7-4 victory.
Wingate started the scoring in the bottom of the second with a solo home run from Brad Cherry to go up 1-0.
Newberry answered with four in the top half of the third as Kosch led off with a walk and Bradley, Baur and Sheridan each recorded singles to tie the game and load the bases. Sneed and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) each drew RBI-walks and Bass grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the scoring and after two-and-a-half innings of play the Wolves led 5-1.
The scoring ceased until the sixth inning when Bass hit a one-out single and later came around to score on a ground ball off the bat of Bradley that was booted by the Bulldogs to extend the lead to 6-1.
A leadoff walk came around to score for the ‘Dogs in the seventh to close the gap to 6-2 but the Wolves’ final run came on a leadoff double from Bass, who scored on a sacrifice fly from Kosch to move the score to 7-2.
Runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth narrowed the score to 7-4 but Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.), who came on in relief of Camp in the seventh, tabbed his first save of the season by preserving the game one victory for Newberry. The right-hander went 1.1 innings, surrendering one run on a hit, walking a pair and striking out two.
Sheridan was 4-for-5 at the dish with a run scored while Bass went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in a run.
Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) was bestowed his first win of the season in his sixth start. The senior moved to 1-3 in his final campaign in a Newberry uniform after tossing a complete game, seven innings, giving up only a single run on six hits, striking out eight and not surrendering a free pass. Rosenberger has now fanned 19 batters in his last 15.0 innings pitched.
A leadoff triple in the home half of the fourth by Thomas Spitz was the only batter to cross the plate for the Bulldogs in game two. Only two other batters touched third base out of the seven total Wingate hitters that reached.
A four-run second inning gave Rosenberger the early edge as a walk and hit-by-pitch by Sneed and Bass, respectively, stood on first and second with two outs. Kosch hit a single to right and was followed up by a fielder’s choice and a pair of singles from Baur and Sheridan to put the advantage at 4-0 for the Wolves.
Baur led off the fifth with a single and came around to score on a RBI-groundout from Sneed to set the score at 5-1.
Six runs in the sixth was all she wrote for Wingate as a one-out double by D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) got the rally started for Newberry. A walk to Kosch and a single from Bradley loaded the bases before an RBI-single by Baur and a dropped fly ball plated two runs for the Wolves. A RBI-groundout by Camp was the second out of the inning but Newberry was not done as back-to-back doubles from Sneed and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) plated the final runs, leaving the score at 11-1 after five and a half innings of play.
Rosenberger went 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh innings to close out the ball game and complete the Saturday sweep, giving Newberry a chance for a critical South Atlantic Conference road sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Baur was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and as many driven in in the second contest while Sheridan tabbed three hits in five at bats with two RBIs and a run scored. Bass went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Sneed scored a pair and drove in two in the rout.
The series will culminate at Ron Christopher Stadium tomorrow with a single, nine-inning contest starting at 1 p.m.