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Win: Zack Kelly (2-0) 6.082224
Loss: Nick Contafio (0-1) 2.153330
Ben Herring (NBY) 524300
Tyler Miller (AU) 502000
Dillon Carpenter (AU) 512000
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Win: Chris Ayers (1-0) 5.041124
Loss: Josh Stempihar (0-1) 2.265400
Danton Hyman (NBY) 401000
Daymon Totherow (NBY) 301100
Trejon Smith (NBY) 301000
Zach White (NBY) 301000
Cody Ezzell (NBY) 301000
Xavier Peralta (AU) 312100
Wolves split doubleheader at Anderson

Wolves split doubleheader at Anderson
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

ANDERSON – A seven-run outburst in the fifth inning propelled Newberry to a 10-3 win in Game One of Saturday’s doubleheader at Anderson, but the Trojans salvaged a split with a 5-1 win the afternoon’s second game.

The two teams played the first two of their three-game nonconference series at Anderson Memorial Stadium, with Sunday’s rubber game set for 1:00 at the Smith Road Complex. Newberry (2-4) and Anderson (2-1) do not meet this season in the South Atlantic Conference’s unbalanced scheduling model, making this a non-league three-game set that will not count in the conference standings.

The Wolves pounced on Trojans’ starter Nick Contafio early in the first contest, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first courtesy of RBI singles by Derek Olenchuk and Trejon Smith. Starter Zack Kelly allowed three singles in the bottom of the frame, but pitched out of the jam with a flyout to center to strand the bases full.

Newberry would tack on a run in the third before blowing the game open in the fifth. The Wolves sent 12 men to the plate to score seven runs on five hits, including a pair of singles by designated hitter Ben Herring that netted two RBI.

In all, Herring went 4-for-5 at the plate in Game One with two runs scored and three more batted in. He was one of seven Newberry starters to record at least one hit as the lineup combined for 13 base knocks. Second baseman Cody Ezzell joined Herring for the team lead in RBI, knocking a three-run double to right field in the fifth.

Kelly earned his second win in as many starts this season, scattering eight hits over six innings while allowing two runs. Tristan Smaltz closed out the game by pitching three effective innings to qualify for an unconventional save.

The Trojans, however, returned the favor in the afternoon’s second game, getting all the offense they would in the first three innings in a 5-1 win.

Josh Stempihar took the loss in his first collegiate decision by allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. The Trojans tagged the Newberry freshman for three runs, one of which was unearned, in the second inning. They added two more in the third, with cleanup hitter Dillon Carpenter’s RBI triple providing the biggest blow.

Reliever Charlie Fessler shut down the Trojans after relieving Stempihar with two outs in the third. He allowed just one hit and struck out three in his 3.1 innings of work.

The Wolves were unable to solve the Anderson tandem of Chris Ayers and Andrew Dill, who combined to give up a single run on five hits. Daymon Totherow produced Newberry’s lone tally of the contest on a sharp double down the right field line to score Robert Kosch from second.

The two teams will conclude their season series with tomorrow’s 1:00 p.m. meeting in Newberry.