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Win: Tyler Brown (7-4) 3.242201
Loss: Jonathan Rosenberger (2-4) 7.275429
Albert Baur (NBY) 402000
Jeff Sneed (NBY) 412000
Thomas Spitz (WU) 312110
Wolves' SAC Tournament run ends with 5-3 loss to Wingate

Wolves' SAC Tournament run ends with 5-3 loss to Wingate
Sunday, April 26, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

FOREST CITY, N.C. – The second-seeded Newberry Wolves played what could be their final game of the season, as the fifth-seeded Wingate Bulldogs eliminated the Wolves from the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament with a 5-3 victory at McNair Field.

Newberry drops to 34-18 on the season and will now wait to see how the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional baseball rankings will play out next week. The Wolves were sixth in last week’s poll and have an outside opportunity at making the regional tournament with an at-large bid.

Five scoreless innings started the game as Wolves’ starter Jon Rosenberger and Wingate starter Jordan Newsome traded zeros and allowed only six runners to reach base combined in the five-inning span.

Newberry squandered a golden opportunity in the top of the third as Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) hit back-to-back singles to lead off the frame. Newsome worked out of the jam with a fly and a pair of strikeouts without Sneed advancing past second base.

For the game, Newberry left seven runners stranded while only manufacturing two hits in 10 attempts with runners in scoring position.

The Wolves got on the board first as Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) hit a one-out double and Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) singled off Newsome’s foot, putting runners on the corners. A double-steal gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead as Baur took second and allowed Schrenker to score from third.

The Bulldogs answered right back in the bottom of the inning, as a pair of singles started the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up 90 feet before a passed ball and groundout gave Wingate a 2-1 lead.

Newberry knotted the game at two as Sneed scored on a RBI-single off the bat of Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) in the top of the seventh inning.

One inning later, Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) regained the lead for the Wolves as he belted a fastball deep in the trees beyond the left field wall. The senior’s third home run of the season put Newberry back on top, 3-2.

The Bulldogs relied on the long ball as South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year Bradley Brown came through in a clutch situation, hitting a two-strike slider to the opposite field with a runner at second. The ball cleared the wall in left for a two-run home run before Josh Clark followed suit with a round trip ticket of his own. When the dust settled, Newberry faced a 5-3 deficit heading into the final stanza.

D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) led off the frame with a single through the left side. Two batters later Kosch was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with only one out. The Wolves tried to find some ninth-inning magic but in vain, as Bulldog reliever, Tyler Brown, recorded a fly out and a groundout to end the game.

Newsome took a no-decision after tossing 5.1 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run while striking out six. Brown snagged the win to improve to 7-4 on the year. He gave up two runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

Thomas Spitz led the ‘Dogs offensively with two hits in three trips to the plate, the only Wingate player with multiple hits in the contest.

Rosenberger suffered the loss after logging 7.2 innings, surrendering five runs, four earned, on seven hits. The senior struck out nine Wingate batters, the sixth consecutive start with eight or more strikeouts.

Baur and Sneed were the only two Newberry players to record multiple hits, both tallying a pair in four at bats each.

The Wolves finished the year with 34 wins, the most dating back through recorded history (1981), and 21 wins in South Atlantic Conference play, the most wins in SAC action since joining the league in 1997.