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Eight run eighth vaults Wolves past Pacers

Eight run eighth vaults Wolves past Pacers
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The rain cut the Tuesday night non-conference game between the Wolves and the USC Aiken Pacers short, but not before an eight run eighth lifted Newberry past the Pacers, 13-5.

The contest ended as Aiken went to the bullpen for the sixth time in the game, just after Jared Felix finished his warm-up tosses with Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) at first and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) at third. Lightning put the teams back in the dugout and moments later a torrential downpour ensued.

Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) picked up his second win on the year in relief, logging three innings while giving up three runs on three hits.  Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) made his first start on the mound since March 23, 2013, going two innings without allowing a hit, surrendered one run unearned one, walked one and struck out one. Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) went three innings in relief of Nations, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one before Chapman finished the game.

The Wolves left seven runners on in the first six innings but finished the game 5-for-14 with men in scoring position. Nations, DeLee and Chapman held USC Aiken to only four opportunities with runners in scoring position but the Pacers cashed in on three of the four chances.

A one-out walk later came around to score in the top of the first to put Aiken up 1-0 after first half inning. The Pacers went up 2-0 in the top of the fourth after Chaz Pal came around to score on a RBI-single from Zach Moon.

Newberry had their first answer in the bottom of the fourth as JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) led off with a single back up the middle before a double by Martinez put runners on second and third. A chopper back to the mound by Sneed was thrown to first but the first-baseman threw behind Martinez at second for an unconventional double play. Bradley was able to cross the plate to cut the lead to 2-1.  

Martinez led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and stole second before an errant throw by the Pacers’ catcher sailed down the right-field line to put runners on second and third without an out. A groundball to second was mishandled and the Pacers were only able to get the force-out at second, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate to make it 3-2.

Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh before Bradley battled a 3-2 count and belted a two-run home run, his third of the year, to put the Wolves up 5-2.

USC Aiken was able to put together a two-out rally in the top of eighth as a walk, single and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with two outs. A two-RBI single back up the middle off the bat of Tyler Moore and a single from Pal tied the score 5-5 before Chapman caught a batter looking to end the inning.

The bats came alive in the bottom of the eighth for Newberry as Sneed singled through the right side to put the go-ahead runner on base. A bunt single from Kirby and a throwing error put runners on first and third before Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) hit a groundball through the legs of the Pacers’ shortstop to give Newberry the lead.

Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) singled home a run before Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) laid down a bunt single to load the bases. The next batter, Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), hit a slider down the right-field line that went over the fence for a grand-slam, his first in a Newberry uniform, to extend the lead to 11-5. This was the 13th home run for Baur on the season.

Singles from Sheridan and Martinez put runners on first and second before Sneed was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Kirby and single from Bass plated runs 12 and 13 before the game was ended.

Newberry finished the evening with 13 runs on 17 hits, the ninth time in the last 11 games that the Wolves have had 10 or more hits.

Martinez finished with a game-high four hits in five at bats with a double and a pair of runs scored. Baur finished the night 3-for-5 with a double, grand-slam and four RBIs while Bradley went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Kirby and Bass each finished with a pair of hits while Kirby walked twice and Bass drove in two runs. Camp had two RBIs while Sheridan and Sneed each crossed the plate two times.

Pal was the only USC Aiken player to record multiple hits with two while Moore drove in two of the five runs. Cole Lee was hit with the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year after giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits without recording an out in the eighth.    

Newberry will return to action this weekend when they host the Carson-Newman Eagles on Friday at 6 p.m. and a Saturday double header at 1 p.m.