HICKORY, N.C. – The Wolves scored 18 runs on 28 hits to take a Saturday sweep of the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears with scores of 5-1 and 13-1 to sit firmly in third place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) led Newberry with five hits in eight trips to the plate each. Baur belted his third home run of the series while also racking up a double, two RBIs and four runs scored while Schrenker drove in a run and scored three times on the afternoon.
Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) was 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles and runs driven in. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.), D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.), Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) all had three hits apiece while Bradley tabbed a triple, batted in four runs and scored twice. Martinez hit a RBI-double and score a trio of runs while Sneed tallied two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and scored as many.
The Wolves were 10-for-29 with runners in scoring position in the two games combined while the pitching staff held Lenoir-Rhyne to 1-of-11 with men in scoring position.
Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) got the ball in the first game and continued his elusive ways to opposing batters on the mound, going seven complete innings while striking out eight batters, his third straight start with eight or more strikeouts and his second straight win.
The right-hander did not surrender a run while scattering two hits in the outing before giving way to Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) who picked up the save in two innings of relief. Chapman struck out five of the six batters he retired but did give up a run on two hits, a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
Camp led off the game with a deep fly ball in the left-centerfield gap that was dropped by the Bears outfield to reach on a three base error and scored on a single from Schrenker, giving Newberry a 1-0 lead after the first half inning.
A leadoff walk in the home half of the first was followed up with an infield single but Rosenberger picked up two strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the early jam. He only allowed one more batter to advance past first base in his final six innings of work.
Both squads went scoreless through the fifth inning but Martinez led off the sixth with a single and scored on a clutch two-out hit off the bat of Camp to put the score at 2-0 after five and a half innings of play.
Schrenker led off the seventh with a single and scored on a double from Sheridan before Bradley recorded a sacrifice fly to plate Sheridan and extend the score to 4-0.
Baur led off the ninth with a solo shot over the scoreboard to deep right-center for his 12th home run of the season and scored the fifth and final run for the Wolves.
Ivan Vieitez led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to right-center to plate the only run for the Bears. The next batter reached on a walk but Chapman struck out the next three batters in succession to earn the save and seal the series victory for Newberry.
Schrenker led the offense with a 3-for-5 effort while Camp, Baur and Kirby each had two hits apiece.
Six of the nine starters for the Wolves recorded multi-hit games in the twin bill with 15 total hits while 13 runs crossed the plate.
Newberry got off to a fast start for the third time in the series as Schrenker recorded a one-out single and scored on a double down the right-field line by the next batter Baur. The throw into the infield on the double was high and allowed Baur to advance to third and score on a sacrifice fly from Sheridan to give starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) a 2-0 lead before he had even thrown a pitch in the game.
A pair of two-out singles in the bottom of the first put the Bears in scoring position but a groundout ended the inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne recorded back-to-back singles again in the second, this time with one out, but Cromer induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Newberry added to their lead in the fourth as Martinez walked and Sneed reached on an error to put runners on first and third with one away. Kirby laced his fist double of the game to plate Martinez from third but the centerfielder had trouble fielding the ball and it kicked away, allowing Sneed to score all the way from first and double the score to 4-0 in favor of the Wolves.
Five more runs crossed for Newberry in the fifth as Schrenker led off with his second hit of the afternoon and Baur followed up with a walk. Sheridan singled back up the middle and Bradley ripped a two-RBI triple to dead center and came around to score on a single by Martinez. Sneed and Kirby hit back-to-back doubles to finish the scoring and at the end of four and a half innings of play the Wolves led 9-0.
Cromer finished the day with five complete innings and did not surrender a run while scattering five hits and striking out three.
The runs kept coming in the sixth as a one-out single by Baur got the rally started. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Bradley. Martinez followed Bradley with a double before Sneed hit a laser onto the roof of the batting facility behind the leftfield fence for his first home run in a Newberry uniform to plate the final three runs.
Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) and Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) each threw one inning each in relief to close out the game for the Wolves. DeLee gave up one run on two hits while Nations did not allow a run or hit and both pitchers fanned one batter.
Baur led the hitters with a 3-for-4 effort with a double, three runs scored and one driven in. Schrenker and Martinez were both 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored while Sheridan drove in two runs. Bradley, Martinez and Sneed all had two hits each while Bradley drove in three and scored twice. Sneed racked up three runs batted in and scored as many times in the contest.
Marcus Shoemaker had three of Lenoir-Rhyne's seven hits in a 3-for-3 effort and drove in the lone run in the bottom of the sixth.
Newberry improves to 24-16 overall and 15-8 in South Atlantic Conference play with the pair of wins while Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 23-18 and 9-15 in league action. The Wolves next compete on Tuesday evening when they host the USC Aiken Pacers at the Smith Road Complex for a 6 p.m. first pitch.