NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves completed the series sweep of the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears for their second South Atlantic Conference road series of the year, just the third time since 1998 that the Wolves have had mutiple conference road sweeps in a season. The other two were in 1999, the year the Indians won the SAC Tournament title, and last season.
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Smith Road Complex
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m.
RECORDS: Newberry 24-16, 15-8 SAC and USC Aiken 24-12, 13-11 PBC
LIVE AUDIO: AM 1240 WKDK in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE STATS: http://www.NewberryStats.com
WEATHER: 78 degrees at first pitch with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Newberry tabbed their first 20+ run weekend in Hickory over the weekend with 15-5, 5-1 and 13-1 victories.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) picked up the Friday night win, his sixth of the season, after logging seven innings while scattering eight hits, surrendering two runs and striking out six.
Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) was stellar in the first game on Saturday, allowing no runs and giving up only two hits in seven innings of work while striking out eight batters, his third consecutive start with eight or more strikeouts.
Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) went five solid innings in the game three start, scattering five hits and did not give up a run while striking out three.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) led Newberry offensively with a 10-for-13 weekend that included two doubles, three home runs, five RBIs and eight runs scored. D.J. Martinez (Montpleier, Va.), Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) each recorded six hits apiece with Martinez scoring five runs, Schrenker crossing the dish four times and Kirby batting in four runs.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) each tagged five hits and two doubles apiece while Bradley added a triple, eight RBIs and four runs scored. Sneed hit his first home run in a Newberry uniform while driving in three and scored five times.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) had four hits, including a double and a triple, scored four runs and drove in four on the weekend.
As a team the Wolves batted a smoking .422 for the three game set with 49 hits that included 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs. They scored 33 runs, driving in 32, while only allowing seven runs to cross the plate for the Bears.
The USC Aiken Pacers come into Tuesday's non-conference contest with a 24-12 record but have hit a dry spell since they last face the Wolves on March 18. The Pacers were swept at North Georgia and took two-of-three from Montevallo and UNC Pembroke but have a 4-5 record since the 18th of March. The three game losing streak they saw in that spell was the second longest of the season as they dropped four straight to Florida Tech and Armstrong State from February 9-15.
Evan though USC Aiken has a 24-12 record on the year they have been very susceptible on the road, going 7-8 in their 15 road games for two-thirds of their losses on the season.
Their hitting has been able to hold up their pitching staff as the Pacers are second in the Peach Belt Conference in batting average (.339), on-base percentage (.415), slugging percentage (.508), hits (452), home runs (43) and RBIs (297). They lead the PBC in triples (11) and stolen bases (77).
Chaz Pal is the catalyst to their offense with a .399 batting average and 57 hits. He has amassed 13 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 46 RBIs and 47 runs scored. Kody Belcher, Matt Bosse, and Zach Moon all have 6+ home runs and 25+ RBIs on the season while TJ Costen is hitting .336 with 49 hits and is 19-of-20 in stolen bases.