|March 10, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Ethan Carpenter (3-2)||6.0||10||5||5||3||3|
|Loss: Zack Kelly (3-2)||5.2||9||6||5||2||4|
|Ben Herring (NBY)||4||0||4||0||1||0|
|Daulton Martin (TC)||3||1||3||0||1||0|
|March 10, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Tim Hardy (5-0)||7.0||4||1||1||2||10|
|Loss: Evan Estridge (2-1)||2.2||6||5||5||0||1|
|Danton Hyman (NBY)||3||1||1||0||0||0|
|Derek Olenchuk (NBY)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Ben Herring (NBY)||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|Trejon Smith (NBY)||3||0||1||1||0||0|
|Edison Cabrera (TC)||4||3||4||1||0||0|
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Big offensive innings by Tusculum in both ends of Friday’s doubleheader proved to be the difference as the Pioneers swept a South Atlantic Conference twinbill from visiting Newberry.
The Pioneers (12-8, 5-3 SAC) took control of Game One with a seven-run sixth inning that included a grand slam off the bat of cleanup hitter Nick Lacina in a 9-5 come-from-behind victory, then used a three-run first in Game Two to create separation in an eventual 8-1 win.
Newberry (12-11, 2-3 SAC) appeared to be in business midway through the first contest, shaking off the dust from its offensive attack to plate three runs on a first-pitch double by Danton Hyman and a two-run single from Derek Olenchuk.
Tusculum rebounded from the 3-1 deficit to score a run in the bottom of the inning before scoring seven times in the sixth. The Pioneers had struggled to break through against starter Zack Kelly through the first five frames, notching six hits but scoring just twice and going down on strikes four times heading into the sixth. But Tusculum scored twice on a two-run double and coaxed a walk to chase Kelly from the game.
After two walks, the left-handed Lacina swung at the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded. His swing was late, but the ball snuck just inside the left field foul pole to put the Pioneers ahead 9-3. Newberry got a pair of runs back on a Trejon Smith single in the top of the seventh and had the tying run in the on deck circle in the ninth, but the Wolves would get no closer in the eventual 9-5 defeat.
Despite the defeat, the Wolves had a solid outing at the plate. Newberry led the Pioneers 12-10 in the hit column and saw eight starters collect at least one hit. Ben Herring went 4-for-4, his third four-hit game of the season, to lead the charge.
Tusculum notched three runs in the first and sixth innings, supported by an eight-run third, to take the win in Game Two. The Pioneers got the bulk of their production from the top third of the lineup, which accounted for nine of their 11 hits and all but one of their eight RBI’s.
Although Wolves’ pitchers didn’t allow a single walk for the fourth time this season, the Pioneers held an 11-4 advantage in hits. Tusculum starter Tim Hardy was enigmatic for Newberry hitters, allowing a single run while striking out 10 in his complete-game, seven-inning effort. He needed 122 pitches to lead his team to the victory.
Olenchuk hit safely in both contests to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has now reached base safely in 33 consecutive games dating back to last season. Daymon Totherow didn’t reach for the first time since April 2016 in Tuesday night’s win over North Greenville but found his way on base during both games as well, running his reached-base streak to 33 of the past 34 games.
Newberry will seek its ninth win in a 12-game span in the series finale Sunday.