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Win: Matt Chapman (3-0) 4.010006
Loss: Bowers (0-1) 3.042202
Smith (EC) 402000
Albert Baur (NBY) 402100
Jeff Sneed (NBY) 312111
Jacob Bass (NBY) 312000
Wolves crash Flying Fleet

Wolves crash Flying Fleet
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves completed the season sweep of the Erskine Flying Fleet on Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory. This is the first time since 2013 that the Wolves have taken both games from the Fleet.

The win locks up a 30 win season for Newberry (30-16), the first time they have had back-to-back 30 win seasons in recent history dating back through 1982. The only other 30 win season in that time span came in 1999 when Newberry won the South Atlantic Conference tournament, the Indians were 30-28 that season.

Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) was superb in his first career start, going four innings while only allowing one runner to reach base. The senior tied his career high with six strikeouts and did not allow a walk, improving his record 3-0 on the season.

Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) logged three innings in relief and struck out three while Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) closed out the final two innings of the contest to earn his fifth save of the year.

Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) all had two hits each while Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.), Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) rounded out the nine total hits for Newberry with one apiece.

Sneed tagged his third home run of the season while Schrenker and Baur drove in a run. Bass and Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) both crossed the plate once in the contest.

Two and a half perfect innings started off the game as Chapman and Erskine starter Zach Bowers retired each half inning in 1-2-3 fashion.

A runner had not reached base until Sneed drove a 1-1 pitch over the leftfield fence for a solo home run, putting the Wolves on the board first.

Bass stepped in two batters later and laid a bunt single down the third base line to put a runner on with one out. After stealing second and advancing to third on a balk, Bass scored on a single by Schrenker to extend the Wolves’ lead to 2-0 after the third inning.

Chapman retired the first 11 batters that he faced and struck out six of the 12 that he retired in the game. The lone runner to reach base came on a two-out hit in the top of the fourth, but the right-hander struck out the next batter to complete his outing. He threw 42 total pitches in the start with 34 coming in for strikes, an 81% strike rate.

The Wolves had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fourth as a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases without an out. However, Noah Hinzman came on in relief and worked out of the jam unscathed, avoiding disaster for the Fleet and keeping the score at 2-0.

Newberry added one more run as Camp reached on an error to start the fifth inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch before Baur hit a rope just inside the first base line to plate Camp and give the Wolves a 3-0 advantage.

Houston Ison led off the sixth with a solo home run, the sole runner to cross the plate for Erskine, which cut the lead to 3-1.

The Fleet had another opportunity in the seventh as second and third with one out was squandered by a popup and groundout.

One more chance slipped through Erskine's hands as Richard Dix led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single. After a pinch runner, Chris Moody, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to stand 90 feet away from the plate without an out.

Nations had ice in his veins as he left Moody standing at third as two strikeouts and a groundout ended the game in favor of the Wolves.

Zach Smith had two of Erskine’s four hits while Bowers took his first loss of the year.  

Newberry will face the Coker Cobras in the final South Atlantic Conference series of the 2015 campaign this weekend. Friday’s nine inning contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. while Saturday’s senior day double header is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch. The senior day festivities will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.