|March 31, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Zack Kelly (5-3)||7.0||7||3||3||4||7|
|Loss: Brandon Donahue (6-4)||2.0||8||8||8||2||2|
|Robert Kosch (NBY)||5||1||3||1||1||0|
|Danton Hyman (NBY)||5||1||3||1||0||0|
|Derek Olenchuk (NBY)||6||2||3||2||0||0|
|Jeff Sneed (NBY)||5||1||3||2||0||0|
|Joseph Mason (WU)||4||1||2||0||1||0|
|Zach Little (WU)||4||1||2||1||0||0|
WINGATE, N.C. – Newberry's offense kicked into high gear in the Wolves' Friday night series opener at South Atlantic Conference foe Wingate, leading Newberry to its fifth consecutive win by a 10-3 margin.
The win moves the Wolves (22-14, 8-5 SAC) within a game of Lincoln Memorial for third place in the SAC standings as league teams move into the final month of the season. Newberry is now 10-2 in its last 12 games and can win its fourth conference series in five attempts with at least a doubleheader split tomorrow.
Newberry had a balanced offensive attack, with Robert Kosch, Danton Hyman, Derek Olenchuk, and Jeff Sneed each recording three hits apiece. All nine Wolves' starters recorded at least one hit, six batted in at least one run, and the top three spots in the order (Kosch, Hyman, and Olenchuk) combined to go 9-for-16 with a walk, four RBI's, and four runs scored.
The Wolves did nearly all of their damage in the third inning, sending 13 men to the plate in a nine-run inning that included eight hits. Amazingly, Newberry scored seven of its nine runs without recording an out as the first 10 batters reached safely, seven on base hits and three on walks. Olenchuk's two-run single was the only multi-RBI hit of the inning as Newberry used station-to-station hitting combined with aggressive baserunning tactics to build an insurmountable lead.
While the offense piled up hits, Zack Kelly kept Wingate at bay at the plate. He rebounded from a difficult first inning in which the Bulldogs scored three runs on four hits and successfully stole home to give up just three hits the rest of his time on the mound. In all, Kelly allowed seven hits and tallied seven strikeouts before yielding to Josh Stempihar to begin the eighth.
The teams conclude their season series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.