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Win: A. Coffrin (5-1) 7.010017
Loss: Emily Marchbanks (3-2) 5.262212
T. Koon (NGU) 312100
J. Griffin (NGU) 302000
Haley Wildes (NBY) 201000
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Win: Alyssa Ball (4-1) 7.060004
Loss: J. Griffin (1-2) 5.164312
C. Rivers (NGU) 302000
B. Stone (NGU) 302000
McKenzie Barneycastl (NBY) 303010
Late heroics propel Wolves to doubleheader split

Late heroics propel Wolves to doubleheader split
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – A pinch hit three-run home run by Tatum Johnson with one out in the bottom of the sixth helped Newberry to a 4-0 win over No. 23 North Greenville in Game Two of a doubleheader.

The Wolves (8-4) took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning and got the leadoff batter aboard in the sixth on a single to center by Allison Van Atta. A sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch, and a walk put runners on the corners for pinch hitter Johnson. On a 2-1 count, the left-hander blasted a home run deep over the fence in right to extend the lead to 4-0 and chase Crusaders’ (8-4) starter Jaelin Griffin from the game.

Newberry freshman Alyssa Ball twirled a six-hit, complete-game shutout, striking out four batters without a walk and allowing just one extra-base hit.

McKenzie Barneycastle was the Wolves’ top offensive threat in Game Two, going 3-for-3 with a walk and swiping a base in the contest. Three other Wolves tallied a hit apiece, including the all-important pinch hit home run by Johnson.

The Game Two victory gave Newberry a split in the Saturday doubleheader after a masterful performance by the Crusaders’ Amanda Coffrin in Game One. Natalie Willis’s leadoff single in the sixth inning was the only hit off of the senior right-hander, who issued just one walk and struck out five in facing two batters over the minimum.

North Greenville did all of its damage in the sixth inning, getting back-to-back-to-back two-out singles to plate a pair of runs and finally break through against starter Emily Marchbanks, who gave up six hits in her 5.2 innings of work. Taylor Koon and Griffin, playing at first base in Game One, had multiple hits for the Crusaders.

The Wolves host Elizabeth City State in a nonconference doubleheader tomorrow at noon.