NEWBERRY- The Newberry College baseball team fell to the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University 12-7, in the first game of the series on Friday night. With the loss, the Wolves drop to 14-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference while Lincoln Memorial improves to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the SAC.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) led the offensive going 3-for-4 at the plate and scoring two runs. Derek Olenchuk (Irmo, S.C.) also scored two runs while driving in two. Daymon Totherow (Danville, Va.), Michael Gonzalez (Wilsonville, Ore.) and Bradley Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.) all scored one run apiece for Newberry while Gonzalez, Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.), Danton Hyman (Prosperity, S.C.), and Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) all drove one runner in.
- Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) started for the Wolves on the mound, throwing six full innings. Nations gave up four hits and one run, while tallying five strikeouts. Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) logged 1.2 innings giving up three hits and four runs while Charlie Fessler (Summerville, S.C.) threw 0.1 innings giving up two hits and two runs.
- Cody Ezzell (Greensboro, N.C.) took the loss for the Wolves pitching 0.1 innings, giving up two runs and two hits. John Mason Reynolds (Taylors, S.C.) gave up two runs before he could attempt to get an out while Austin Walker (Charleston, S.C.) pitched 0.2 innings giving up one run and one hit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Newberry couldn’t get on the board until the fourth inning when Olenchuk crossed home plate off a sac fly from Bass. Newberry took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Hyman doubled down the left field line sending Sneed home.
Totherow scored the only run in the fifth for a 3-1 lead when Gonzalez flew out to right field.
Scoring was quiet until the eighth inning when the Railsplitters scored four runs taking a 5-3 lead. Neiderland, Clark, Hunt, and Ewers all scored one run each.
Newberry took back the lead with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Gonzalez and Nichols scored when Olenchuk tripled down the right field line before Olenchuk scored on a wild pitch. Sneed scored the Wolves’ last run of the game in the eighth when Kosch hit a triple to center field.
Lincoln Memorial sealed the deal in the ninth by scoring seven runs. Stucky scored on Ewers single through the left side before Neiderland scored on Rodriguez’s single to center field. Ewers was sent home when Hunt walked followed by Rodriguez scoring off a balk. The last three runs were scored by Hunt, Valdez and Dillard. Hunt and Valdez scored when Dillard hit a triple down the right field line and Dillard scored when Augustine grounded out Nichols.
The Wolves look to redeem themselves tomorrow in a doubleheader against Lincoln Memorial. The games will start at 1 p.m. at the Smith Road Complex.