NEWBERRY – Baseball is the oldest intercollegiate sport at Newberry College, dating as far back as an 11-5 win over Presbyterian in May 1899.
The 2017 Wolves made an indelible mark in the program’s history on Sunday with a record-setting performance in a rout of Goldey-Beacom.
Newberry (8-8) tied its school record by pounding out 26 hits and came within one run of matching its all-time record in a 29-0 win over the Lightning (0-7) on Sunday.
The 29-run win establishes a new school record for margin of victory and marked the second-most runs in school history after a 30-8 win at Allen on April 30, 1993. Newberry’s 26 hits matched a school record set in an 18-6 win at Erskine on April 13, 2015 and marked just the second time a Newberry team has totaled over 22 hits in a contest.
The Wolves also set new marks for most at-bats (53) and most RBI’s (27). The 29 runs are the most scored by a South Atlantic Conference team since 2011 and the fifth-most all-time, while 26 hits places the Wolves in a tie for seventh in league history.
Newberry scored in six of its eight trips to the plate, punctuating the win with a 12-run fourth inning that took nearly 45 minutes to complete and featured 16 Newberry batters.
Having already rocketed an RBI single up the middle earlier in the frame, Trejon Smith strode to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. He took a pitch for a strike, then ripped the next offering into the right field corner for a bases-clearing triple that proved to be the most significant blow in the inning.
Smith finished his day 3-for-4 with four runs scored, four more batted in, and one walk. Over the four-game series, Smith was 11-for-14 at the plate (.786) with six doubles, a triple, a home run, and three walks for an .824 on-base percentage and a 1.571 slugging percentage. He batted in 16 runs and scored nine while playing perfect defense in 31 chances in the field.
Ben Herring was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and a pair batted in. But the most impressive performance of all may have belonged to Derek Olenchuk. The junior left fielder batted in seven runs as part of his 3-for-4 day, including a bases-loaded double to score three runs, coming one RBI shy of equaling his own school record that he set last season and shares with Albert Bauer.
In all, 13 Wolves recorded at least one hit and 11 finished their day with an RBI. Newberry went down on strikes just once in the game. Twenty-five Wolves saw the field on Sunday: 17 position players and three in the designated hitter’s spot in support of five Newberry pitchers.
Josh Stempihar improved his record to 2-1 with five shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Jonathan Elicier, Christian Pope, Shannon Smith, and Charlie Fessler pitched an inning apiece to close out the win for Newberry.
The Wolves return to action Wednesday against Augusta at Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the Class A Augusta Greenjackets. South Atlantic Conference play opens Friday evening as the Wolves host Brevard.