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Win: Cole Cromer (7-3) 8.082205
Loss: Vince Apicella (6-5) 5.184436
Bo Ausmus (C-N) 413000
Albert Baur (NBY) 413110
Brandan Sheridan (NBY) 513100
Jacob Bass (NBY) 413000
Wolves dust off Eagles with third straight sweep

Wolves dust off Eagles with third straight sweep
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves completed the series sweep of the Carson-Newman Eagles with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Road Complex. The win marked the first series win and sweep of the Eagles since 2011.

Newberry has now swept three straight series for the first time, dating back through 1982 and the first time since joining the South Atlantic Conference that Newberry has swept three conference opponents in succession. The Wolves are on an eight-game winning streak which is one shy of the program record. Only two teams have accomplished winning nine games in a row, the first in 1997 and the other in 2014.

Newberry jumped on the back of starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) as he went eight complete innings, allowing two runs and scattering eight hits. The senior struck out five and did not surrender a walk en route to moving to 7-3 on the season.

Four Wolves’ players tallied multi-hit performances with Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) all having three hits each while JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.)  added a pair of his own.

Both squads had their first scoring opportunities in the second inning as Carson-Newman squandered an opportunity with runners on second and third with no outs. Newberry had a man on third with one out but couldn't convert.

Carson-Newman got on the board first, as a leadoff double in the third moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to go up 1-0.

A one out single and a stolen base put a runner on second but the next batter hit a ground ball up the middle where D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) and Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) had a collision attempting to field the ball. The two hit the ground and the runner came around to score to make it to 2-0, but Cromer was eventually able to strand the runners on second and third to end the inning.

Newberry perfectly executed a hit-and-run in bottom of the fifth that had Bass moving to third. The freshman tried to be aggressive as he attempted to score on an errant throw to the infield, but was thrown out at the plate to end the Wolves’ threat.

The bats finally came alive for Newberry in the bottom of the sixth as Baur led off with a double to centerfield. Sheridan followed suit as he ripped a breaking ball down the line for a double to cut the Eagles’ lead to one.

The next batter, Bradley, hit a 3-1 fastball to deep right-center for a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. The hit gave the Wolves their first lead of the game at 3-2. The inning continued as back-to-back walks and a bunt single by Bass loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Bradley Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.). Nichols delivered a two-out single that plated two more runs and extended the lead to 5-2 before the inning ended.

Cromer cruised through the rest of the game as he allowed only three batters to reach base in the final four innings.

The Wolves put up one more insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Bass led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.). Baur came up two batters later and hit a two out single to plate Bass and end the scoring at 6-2.

Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) came on to close in the ninth but found himself in hole after giving up back-to-back singles to start off the frame. With one out, Nations got the number nine batter to swing at a slider in the dirt for the third strike and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) caught the runner too far off first for an unconventional double play to end the game.

Newberry improves to 28-16 overall on the year and 18-8 in South Atlantic Conference play while Carson-Newman drops to 23-18 and 11-16 in league play.

The Wolves will travel to Due West, S.C., tomorrow for a 3 p.m. non-conference game with the Erskine Flying Fleet.