NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves will look to stay in third place this weekend in the South Atlantic Conference standings as they travel to Hickory, N.C., for another SAC road series. The Wolves are coming off a 10-7 win over the Limestone Saints in Gaffney on Wednesday afternoon.
WHERE: Hickory, N.C. - Bears Field
WHEN: Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. - DH
RECORDS: Newberry 21-16, 12-8 SAC and Lenoir-Rhyne 23-15, 9-12 SAC
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
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LIVE STATS: http://www.LRBears.com
WEATHER: Friday - partly cloudy with a high of 53 and 50% chance of showers late Saturday - high of 63 degrees and windy with gusts up to 30 mph
Newberry swung the bats well in their 10-7 victory over the Limestone Saints. Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) picked up his first collegiate win after loggin 4.2 innings of relief. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out three. Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) also put up a career first with recording the save in one inning while striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) led all hitters with a 3-for-6 outing with a RBI. 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.) all had two hits in the game. Bradley scored twice and drove in runs while Sheridan crossed the plate twice.
As a team the Wolves swiped 11 bases in the contest, the most from any Newberry baseball game dating back through 2001 and the second most in South Atlantic Conference history. Tusculum stole 12 versus Davis & Elkins on February 10, 2007.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears got off to one of the most impressive starts of any team in the country in 2015, winning their first 10 games. However, since the streak ended they have gone 13-15 to arrive at their 23-15 record going into this weekend's SAC series. The Bears are currently eighth in the SAC standings at 9-12 but don't let that record fool you, they are 13-8 at Bears Field and 7-5 in South Atlantic Conference play at home.
Lenoir-Rhyne has swung hot bats this year as they lead the conference in hits and doubles while ranking in the top five in runs, runs batted in, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Ryan Perkins is the leading hitter with a .373 average but Brantley Rumford is the dangerous Bear at the plate. Rumford is hitting .369 with 59 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 43 runs scored and a .594 slugging percentage that leads the team in each of those categories but he is second average to Perkins.