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Win: Emily Marchbanks (2-1) 8.042213
Loss: Morgan Hendrix (2-2) 7.263116
Brittany Rhinehardt (ERSKINE) 411101
Brittany Reynolds (ERSKINE) 301000
Sydney Smith (ERSKINE) 311101
Destiny Miller (ERSKINE) 201000
Sydney Patterson (NBY) 303100
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Win: Alyssa Ball (2-0) 7.040000
Loss: Hannah Houge (0-3) 6.063314
Brittany Rhinehardt (ERSKINE) 302000
Paige Meyer (NBY) 302000
Maggie Herrera (NBY) 212100
Newberry sweeps doubleheader at home against Erskine

Newberry sweeps doubleheader at home against Erskine
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | by Asha Evans, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Wolves battled against the Flying Fleet of Erskine with a Game One 3-2 comeback win in extras and an outright 3-0 win to seal the sweep in Game Two on Saturday afternoon.

Newberry (6-2) took Erskine (2-4) to the brink in Game One, taking the contest into the eighth inning. The Flying Fleet drew first blood making the Wolves fall behind 1-0 on a home run to center field by the second baseman Sydney Smith.

Both teams would go scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when Erskine would nab an in the park home run into deep left field by Brooke Rhinehardt. But, that didn’t faze Newberry.

They countered right back in the bottom of the fifth and got things rolling on a walk of Myranda Dills. Third baseman, Allison Van Atta singled into left field and advanced Dills to second. Sydney Patterson would make her count matter by doubling into center field, scoring Dills and propelling Van Atta to third. Paige Meyer reached base on an error by Erskine’s shortstop and found herself on second base. Meyer’s reach would score Van Atta to even the game at 2-2.

The teams played the remaining innings in regulation with very tight defense, not giving any breathing room for one another. The seventh inning for Erskine ended with no runs, hits, errors, or any left on base. Newberry earned a hit but couldn’t capitalize to score, entering the eighth without a run or error but one stranded.

With the international tiebreaker rule in place, a baserunner was placed on second for Erskine as they attempted to threaten Newberry. A strike out swinging and a double play due to interference would put the Wolves behind the plate with a chance to seal.

Meyer was placed on second due to the same rule and on a Natalie Willis fly out to center field, she advanced to third base. Haley Simonds reached first base after being hit by a pitch. On another Erskine error, Ashley Willis ended up on first base which allowed Meyer to score and took the game 3-2.

Winning pitcher, Emily Marchbanks (2-1) pitched eight innings and only allowed four hits and two runs.

The Wolves played an all-around complete game in the latter part of the doubleheader, heightening their performance on both sides of the diamond. Newberry never trailed in Game Two after getting a run in the fourth on a Dills ground out, seeing Maggie Herrera score.

The bottom of the fifth led to two runs and gave Newberry some cushion for the remainder of the game. Herrera’s turn behind the plate arose and she singled to right field moving several baserunners and Kendall Tipton scored. In the following at bat, Erskine’s shortstop made a forced play to get Meyer at third base out. Not before, Natalie Willis would reach first base, advance Herrera, and score pinch hitter Kailey Carpenter.

The Wolves wrapped the game quickly in the seventh inning as pitcher Alyssa Ball and defense didn’t allow the Flying Fleet to obtain a run or a hit. Erskine ended the seventh with one hit and one stranded. Ball dictated from the mound only giving up four hits in seven innings and increased to 2-0 on the young season.

Newberry will face UNC Pembroke on Sunday, Feb. 18 in another nonconference doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.