February 14, 2017123456789RHE
Win: Alex Calvert (2-1) 7.042126
Loss: Hunter Hill (0-2) 5.065232
Danton Hyman (NBY) 411000
Daymon Totherow (NBY) 401000
Trejon Smith (NBY) 401000
Robert Kosch (NBY) 211010
Taylor Maxey (ERSKINE) 433100
Wolves fall to Erskine in nonconference action

Wolves fall to Erskine in nonconference action
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

DUE WEST – Newberry took advantage of an Erskine miscue to push across two runs in the fifth, but it was not enough for the Wolves to overcome an early deficit and a late-innings push by the Flying Fleet in a 10-2 Erskine victory Tuesday afternoon.

The Wolves (3-5) scored a pair of runs on an Erskine (7-2) fifth-inning defensive miscue to close the gap to three runs. Robert Kosch coaxed a one-out walk to start the rally. Danton Hyman singled to left center, then went to second as the Fleet tried to nab Kosch taking an extra base. He beat the throw on a bang-bang play, giving the Wolves a pair in scoring position with one out.

Catcher Jeff Sneed was due up next for Newberry and forced the Erskine defense into a miscue. He worked a 2-2 count before reaching on an error by the second baseman that allowed both runners to score, cutting the lead to 5-2 and giving the Wolves a pair of runs on just one hit in the inning.

But the Wolves would get no closer, as Fleet starter Alex Calvert turned in a dominant performance. He limited the Wolves to two runs on four hits through seven innings, striking out six on his way to throwing 107 pitches. He lowered his season ERA to 1.69 in picking up his second victory of the season.

Hunter Hill suffered the loss for Newberry by giving up five hits on six runs through 5.0 innings. A quartet of Newberry relievers combined to pitch the final four frames, with Christian Zellner working a perfect ninth and recording a strikeout.

The Fleet pounced on Hill for three runs in the first inning and added single runs in the second and fourth frames. The biggest blow, however, came in the seventh, when Erskine sent eight men to the plate on their way to plating five insurance runs.

Four Wolves recorded single hits apiece, with Kosch providing Newberry’s only extra-base knock. Erskine pounded out 11 hits in the contest.

Newberry will be off until Saturday, when the Wolves will play the first two of a three-game set against Francis Marion. Both of Saturday’s games will take place in Florence, while Sunday’s final game is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Smith Road Complex.