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Win: Evan Estridge (4-1) 5.053321
Loss: Forrest Arnold (4-2) 6.1810325
Jon Koski (COKER) 402100
Thomas Lopez (COKER) 312100
Derek Olenchuk (NBY) 523200
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Win: Tristan Smaltz (3-1) 5.040035
Loss: Cody Brown (1-3) 1.045530
Tanner Crosby (COKER) 302000
Robert Kosch (NBY) 302210
Daymon Totherow (NBY) 312200
Zach White (NBY) 322000
Wolves roll into first place with doubleheader sweep

Wolves roll into first place with doubleheader sweep
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – On March 11, Newberry was 12-12 following an extra-innings loss to Tusculum that gave the Pioneers a series sweep and buried the Wolves near the South Atlantic Conference cellar.

Oh, how things have changed.

Newberry moved into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Conference on Saturday, sweeping visiting Coker (19-17, 9-12 SAC) by scores of 14-4 and 7-0 to move to 13-5 in conference play and 28-14 overall. The Wolves have won eight straight SAC matchups and 11 of their last 12 in conference play.

Overall, the Wolves have won each of their last 11 games, are 16-2 since their losses against Tusculum 28 days ago, and have won five of their six conference series overall. The Wolves and Pioneers are currently tied atop the SAC standings, one game ahead of Catawba and Lincoln Memorial. Newberry travels to Harrogate, Tennessee to face the Railsplitters while Tusculum hosts Catawba next weekend.

Newberry clinched the series with a 14-4 win in the first game of the day. The Wolves jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in a disastrous first inning for Coker before tacking on four runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away.

Evan Estridge picked up his fourth win of the season by allowing three runs on five hits in five frames on the mound. Dylan Southerland struck out four in three innings and gave up a run on two hits before yielding to Quinton Driggers, who pitched a perfect ninth.

Newberry’s six-run first inning set the tone for the series. The Wolves sent 10 men to the plate and took advantage of a pair of Cobras’ errors to score three unearned runs in the frame.

Coker got two runs back on a single, a walk, another single, and a sacrifice fly in the third inning and plated another run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 6-3. The Cobras threatened again in the fifth, placing their first two batters on with a leadoff walk and a single in the fifth. But Estridge expertly pitched out of trouble, inducing an infield fly and a pair of fly ball outs to hold the Cobras at bay before the offense took over in the late innings.

Four Wolves finished the game with multiple hits, including a three-hit day from Derek Olenchuk. Jeff Sneed was 1-for-4 but recorded a game-high four RBI’s.

Game Two played out in a similar fashion, with Newberry exploding for three runs in the first inning and two in the second before tacking on another pair in the sixth. Daymon Totherow’s two-run single and Ben Herring’s booming RBI double in the first inning set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Robert Kosch added an RBI single and Olenchuk a sacrifice fly in the third before Cody Ezzell’s perfect squeeze bunt and another RBI single by Kosch provided the rest of the scoring.

Coker’s bats were stymied by Newberry pitching throughout the contest, recording just five hits and striking out six times. Winning pitcher Tristan Smaltz allowed four hits in five frames, then gave way to Hunter Hill and Barrett Walton for an inning apiece.

Newberry returns to the Smith Road Complex, where the Wolves are 18-4 on the season, for a nonconference clash with USC Aiken Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.