NEWBERRY – Facing Brevard in its first South Atlantic Conference game of the season, Newberry hoped to keep its stellar string of games at the plate alive and pick up a win in the league opener.
Instead, starting pitcher Zack Kelly stole the headlines as the Wolves cruised to a 17-1 victory to win their sixth straight game and improve to 10-8 on the season.
Kelly was splendid in the winning effort, picking up his third win of the season and lowering his ERA to 0.87 in the process. The senior from Daleville, Virginia gave up a trio of hits and a single unearned run to the Tornados (5-12, 1-3 SAC) in his seven innings of work. He retired 12 consecutive batters from the third through seventh innings as the Wolves pulled away with their offensive onslaught.
Kelly walked one batter while erasing nine on strikes, moving into second place in the SAC with 38 punchouts on the season. He tossed 98 pitches before ceding the mound to Robert Westenrieder, who struck out three and allowed a hit in closing out the final two frames.
While Kelly kept the Tornados at bay, Newberry’s hitters went to work at the plate. The Wolves led in the hits column 13-4 and demonstrated tremendous plate discipline, working 13 walks and putting two more aboard after being plunked. Newberry notched 13 runs in the middle innings, scoring at least four runs in each frame, to pull away from the visitors.
Reigning AstroTurf SAC Co-Player of the Week Trejon Smith continued his stellar work at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. Smith has played an integral role in Newberry’s six-game winning streak, going 18-for-26 (.692) at the plate with 13 runs scored and 20 batted in.
Smith now has nine extra-base hits in his past six games to raise his slugging percentage to 1.192 and has a .724 on-base percentage when his three free passes are factored in. The senior first baseman is on an eight-game hitting streak and has at least two hits in each of the last seven. He has also played perfect defense in 51 chances in the field.
Daymon Totherow was 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the winning effort. Robert Kosch, Danton Hyman, and Colin Allman each recorded a pair of RBI’s, while Jeff Sneed contributed three RBI’s and two runs scored.
The Wolves got on the board first with a pair of runs in their first trip to the plate. Ben Herring grounded into a double play that scored Kosch from third before Smith’s RBI single plated Totherow. Brevard’s Josh Hall was driven in after a hit batsman in the third to close the gap to 2-1 before the Wolves’ offense kicked into high gear beginning in the fourth frame.
The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow to conclude their season series. First pitch from the Smith Road Complex is set for 1:00 p.m.