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Win: Patrick Clarey (1-0) 4.222133
Loss: Dylan Miller (1-2) 1.044400
Wesley Camp (NBY) 623100
Dan Smith (LC) 512100
Michael Gonzalez (LC) 412300
Newberry completes season sweep of Limestone

Newberry completes season sweep of Limestone
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

GAFFNEY – The Newberry Wolves completed the season sweep of the Limestone College Saints with a 10-7 victory on Wednesday afternoon, improving their record to 21-16 while Limestone falls to 10-23 on the year.

Six different Newberry players tabbed multi-hit outings with 15 total hits in the game. Newberry was 7-of-20 with runners in scoring position while the pitching staff held the Saints to just 4-of-10 in scoring opportunities.

The Wolves swiped 11 stolen bases in the contest, one shy of the South Atlantic Conference record set by Tusculum against Davis & Elkins on February 10, 2007.

Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) picked up the win, the first of his career, after logging 4.2 innings in relief of starter Cory Brown (Ocean, N.J.). Clarey allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and struck out three batters while Brown surrendered five runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Austin Walker (Charleston, S.C.) went two-thirds of an inning with a walk and a strikeout while Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) slammed the door shut in the ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced for the first save of his tenure with the Wolves.

Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) led the offensive explosion for Newberry, tallying three hits in six trips to the plate with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.), JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.), Tommy Passerello (Davenport, Fla.), D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) each tagged two hits while Bradley knocked in four runs and scored twice.

Limestone got the scoring started as a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first came around to score on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 1-0 lead after the first inning.

Newberry responded in the third with two runs of their own as Passerello led off with a single and was sacrificed over to second by Martinez. Bass laid down a base hit bunt but an errant throw down the right field line scored Martinez and put Bass on second with one out. In the next at bat Bass took off for third and the throw from the catcher sailed into right field, scoring Bass and putting the Wolves ahead 2-1 after two-and-a-half innings of play.

The Saints were able to break the game open in the bottom of the third as back-to-back doubles tied the game at two-all. After a groundout notched the first out of the inning, the second runner of the game was gunned down by Sneed for the second out of the inning at second base. A two-out walk followed by a single and a double plated the third and fourth runs of the inning with Limestone still threatening. However, Clarey came on to record the third out and leave the bases loaded, holding the score at 5-1 in favor of Limestone.

Sheridan led off the fourth with a double down the leftfield line and Bradley smoked a single to center to plate the first run of the fourth. After a stolen base by Bradley, Sneed singled to right-center to score Bradley, narrowing the score to 5-4 at the end of the half inning.

Clarey went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth before Camp led off the top of the fifth with a single. Two straight outs ensued before a hit-by-pitch and a triple to right field off the bat of Bradley put two more runs on the board. The Wolves were not done as another hit-by-pitch and a pair of singles form Passerello and Martinez put Newberry in front 8-5, a lead that the Wolves did not lose the rest of the contest.

Newberry’s sophomore right-hander worked out of a log jam in the bottom of the fifth as a single through the middle and a wild pitch put a runner on second with only one out. A base running blunder from the Saints cost them the lead runner at third for the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice to short, but an error on the next play put runners on the corners before a line out ended the inning for Limestone and kept the score at 8-5.

Camp singled again to lead off the sixth and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Bradley to extend the lead to 9-5. He totaled his third hit of the night when he drove in Martinez from second with a double in the top of the seventh to put the score at 10-5 to round out the scoring for the Wolves.

Limestone tried to start a rally in the bottom of the eighth as a leadoff walk and a hit-by-pitch came around to score on a fielding error by Newberry, but Walker came on to relieve Clarey with one out and runners on the corners. He posted a strikeout and a fielder’s choice to get out of the jam and keep the Wolves’ lead at three.

Rosenberger put the nails in the coffin in the ninth after a first-pitch fly out and two strikeouts looking ended the game and secured the season sweep for Newberry.

Newberry will travel to Hickory, N.C., on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, for a South Atlantic Conference three-game set with the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. The Friday night game is slated for 6 p.m. while the Saturday double header will have a 1 p.m. first pitch.