NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves will have their first day-night double header at the Smith Road Complex for a South Atlantic Conference series this weekend. Due to the chance of rain the Wolves and Eagles will play a 4 p.m. double header on Saturday and a single, nine inning, contest on Sunday at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Smith Road Complex
WHEN: Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. DH and Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m.
RECORDS: Newberry 25-16, 15-8 SAC and Carson-Newman 23-15, 11-13 SAC
LIVE AUDIO: AM 1240 WKDK in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE STATS: http://www.NewberryStats.com
WEATHER: Saturday - high of 80 degrees and sunny with no chance of rain Sunday - high of 78 degrees and partly cloudy with no chance of rain
The Wolves took their only non-conference contest of the week from the USC Aiken Pacers on Tuesday night 13-5 in eight innings. Newberry took a late 5-2 lead but three in the top of the eighth tied the game. The Wolves responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a grand-slam home run off the bat of Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) to seal the win. The offense kept rolling after Baur's bomb and they had first and third with two outs before the skies opened up and the field flooded, ending the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Baur finished the evening 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, home run and four RBIs. D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) had a career high four hits in five trips to the plate and scored twice while Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) was 2-for-3 and walked twice while Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) scored two times each.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) went 2-for-5 at the plate with his third home run of the season, a two-run blast, while scoring twice in the game.
Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the year while Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) and Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) logged the first five innings of the game.
As a team Newberry scored their 13 runs on 17 hits, the ninth time in the last 11 games that Newberry has amassed 10 or more hits while going 5-of-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Eagles soar in on an eight game winning streak, the longest current streak in the SAC, while the Wolves are riding a five game win streak. Carson-Newman started off the season hot, taking the first SAC series from perennial powerhouse Catawba on their way to winning six of their first nine games. However, they lost 10 of their next 11 but have gone back on the rise with 14 wins in their last 16 chances that includes their current eight game win streak.
Carson-Newman's pitching staff has been their foundation this season with the second lowest ERA in the league (3.88). They have given up the second fewest runs (173) and the third fewest home runs (23) and hits (326).
On the offensive side the Eagles are batting .293 with a .390 on-base percentage. They have hit just one more double than Newberry to lead the conference with 99 and are tied with the Wolves for fifth on the home run chart with 27.
Evan Jurjevic is the spark plug to Carson-Newman's lineup, hitting .390 with 57 hits and 18 doubles which are all team bests. Bo Ausmus has provided the power in the order with a .351 average, 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 35 runs batted in and 32 runs scored.
The pitching matchups over the weekend could overshadow the batting accolades. Newberry senior southpaw Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) is slated to face off with Carson-Newman's senior ace Quinton Yocom. Camp has a 6-2 record with a 3.72 ERA, both of which rank in the eight in the SAC. He carries a 4.5:1 strikeout to walk ratio while Yocom is fifth in the conference with 67 strikeouts, a 4.43 ERA and a 3-2 overall record.
The second game on Saturday will feature senior right-hander Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) for Newberry and Jamie Miller for the Eagles. Rosenberger has been stellar in his last three starts with eight or more strikeouts in each of the three. On the year he is 2-3 with the fourth lowest ERA (2.41) and 58 strikeouts. Miller comes into the weekend with a 5-1 record and the third best ERA in the conference (1.87).
Sunday's contest will see the Wolves send out Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) while Carson-Newman will counter with Vince Apicella. Cromer enters the game with a 6-3 record with a 4.37 ERA while striking out 36 batters and allowing only seven walks in 55.2 innings pitched. Apicella is second on the league charts with 84 strikeouts but has a 5-4 record with a 3.57 ERA which ranks 10th in the conference.
Baur will lead Newberry offensively this weekend as he is chasing the all-time home run record and is one shy of tying and two away from taking sole possession. He is currently hitting .401 on the year with 65 hits, 17 doubles and and 13 home runs, all of which rank in the top 10 in the country. He also ranks in the top 20 in the nation in runs, runs batted in and slugging percentage.