NEWBERRY – Newberry scored a pair of runs in the first inning and never looked back as the Wolves downed visiting Benedict 17-1 for their 21st win of the 2017 season.
Newberry (21-14) had twice as many walks as hits in the contest, reaching via free passes 16 times. Newberry scored in six of their eight offensive innings while the pitching staff limited the Tigers to just three hits. The opportunistic Wolves also made Benedict (14-8) pay for its three defensive miscues: 10 of Newberry’s 17 runs were unearned.
While the Wolves continued to stretch their lead at the plate, the pitching staff held the Tigers in check throughout the night. Seven different hurlers threw at least one pitch, with six relievers throwing an inning apiece in support of Robert Westenrieder.
Newberry’s pitching staff combined to strike out 12 batters while allowing a single walk. Five pitchers recorded at least two strikeouts, with Barrett Walton striking out the side in the eighth. Westenrieder picked up the win in a predetermined split, pitching three scoreless innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
Twenty-six Wolves saw action in the win. Robert Kosch led the offense, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. His double to left center in the fourth inning cleared the bases to give him a game-high three RBI’s. Cody Ezzell also recorded multiple hits for Newberry, scoring two runs and knocking in two more during his four official at-bats.
The Wolves netted a pair of runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk to Trejon Smith and a sacrifice fly by Ben Herring. Each of Newberry’s nine runs in the third and fourth innings were unearned as the Wolves stretched their lead to 11-0, then added on tallies in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to build their cushion.
Benedict was led by second baseman Armando Valentin, who recorded two of the Tigers’ three hits and the team’s lone RBI on a sixth-inning groundout to short. Left fielder Yancy Freeny had the team’s only other hit of the contest and scored on Valentin’s groundout.
Newberry, currently fourth in the South Atlantic Conference standings at 7-5 in league play, travels to sixth-place Wingate for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The teams conclude their set with a Saturday doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.