Westenrieder, Sneed named to all-tournament team

Westenrieder, Sneed named to all-tournament team
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL – Robert Westenrieder and Jeff Sneed have been named to the 2017 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team.

Westenrieder did not earn a decision in his only appearance, but kept a hot Mars Hill team at bay while the Newberry offense erased a 6-0 deficit to earn a thrilling Friday night victory. He entered the contest with a runner on first and two outs in the fifth inning and pitched into the ninth.

The junior left-hander worked 4.0 scoreless innings and was finally lifted after allowing a one-out single in the ninth, the only hit Mars Hill managed off him. Lions’ hitters went .077 and struck out twice against him while seeing their six-run lead evaporate. Westenrieder did not earn the win, but his work in extinguishing the red-hot Mars Hill offense allowed Newberry’s offense time to heat up in the late innings.

Sneed was one of the event’s hottest hitters, going 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate with two RBI’s and four runs scored. The senior catcher had at least one hit in every game, including a 4-for-4 effort in the finale against Carson-Newman.

Sneed scored three of Newberry’s seven runs in a come-from-behind, walk-off win over Mars Hill. He also caught two would-be base stealers in four attempts and played perfect defense in 23 chances.