WINGATE, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves used a team effort to take the series sweep of the Wingate University Bulldogs in a 6-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium.
This is the first time Newberry has swept the Bulldogs since March 28-29, 1999, the year Newberry won its sole South Atlantic Conference Tournament title.
The Wolves only managed to tally four hits but were able to manufacture six runs while the pitching staff scattered 11 hits and surrendered only three runs, leaving 10 runners stranded on base for Wingate.
Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) led the way for the Newberry offense as he recorded two of the four hits and also drove in two runs while scoring one as well.
Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) was dubbed with the win to improve to 5-3 on the year after logging six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Cromer has now won three of his last four starts on the hill for the Wolves.
Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) and Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) went the rest of the way on the mound with Chapman allowing an unearned run on two hits in the seventh inning. Nations tagged his fourth save of the year in two innings of work without allowing a run, scattering two hits and striking out a pair.
Bulldogs’ starter Brett Morgan was stellar through his first six innings of work as only three runners reached base, a hit-by-pitch, single and walk, none of whom advanced past first while he struck out seven Newberry batters.
A trio of singles in the bottom of the second led to a sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead for Wingate after two innings of play.
Another run did not cross the plate until a leadoff base hit in the fifth was sacrificed over for Wingate and scored on a single to extend the lead to 2-0. The inning continued with runners on first and second with one out but Cromer induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) reached on a hit-by-pitch to lead off the top of the seventh and got the inning going for the Wolves. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) followed Baur with a walk and hit-by-pitch, respectively, to load the bases for Newberry without an out. Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) drew a RBI-walk to plate the first run of the game for the Wolves, ending the afternoon for Morgan who went six-plus innings, giving up four runs on one hit as he struck out seven, walked three and hit three.
Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) hit a laser to deep centerfield for a sacrifice fly to plate Sheridan and advance the runners to second and third with one out for Bass. Wingate had pulled their infield in and the freshman hit a 0-1 fastball right back through the middle, just out of the reach of the diving Bulldog shortstop, to score Camp and Sneed. The single from Bass was the sole hit of the inning for the Wolves as they plated four runs to take a 4-2 lead.
Chapman came on for Cromer in the seventh and gave up a leadoff double while a controversial call on the next play went in favor of Wingate and put runners on first and second without an out.
An errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the bases for the ‘Dogs and put Chapman in a tight spot with only a two-run lead. The next batter hit a ground ball to third and the runner trying to score was thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning.
Newberry was unable to come away unscathed as a bases-loaded walk plated the third run of the game for Wingate. However, the next batter hit a groundball right back to Chapman who started a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning, and the threat, with the Wolves clinging to a slim 4-3 lead.
A leadoff walk to Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) started the top of the eighth inning for Newberry and he advanced to second on a hit by Baur. Camp smacked a groundball down the first base line that took a hop off the first baseman’s glove and skipped into right field to plate Kosch, returning Newberry’s two-run lead.
Nations gave up back-to-back to singles in the bottom of the inning with two outs, but struck out the nine-hole batter to end the inning and send the game to the final frame.
The Wolves put the leadoff runner on for the fourth time as Schrenker led off with a single to right and Bass was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with nobody out. A bunt attempt ensued on the next batter but an athletic play by the pitcher nabbed the lead runner at third base for the first out of the inning.
A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before an intentional walk was issued to Kosch to load the bases. Baur was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to plate the final run for the Wolves as a fielder’s choice ended the inning with Newberry on top 6-3 heading to the final half inning.
Nations got the first out of the inning with only two pitches before hitting the next batter with a full count. A fly ball and a strikeout ended the hopes for Wingate as they dropped their third game to the Wolves.
Newberry jumps to 20-15 on the year and 12-8 in South Atlantic Conference play after the unblemished weekend while Wingate dropped to 21-12 and 12-12 in league action.
The Wolves will take their three-game winning streak into non-conference action against the Georgia College and State Bobcats on Tuesday evening at the Smith Road Complex with a 6 p.m. first pitch.