NEWBERRY — Despite only stringing together seven hits over two games, the Newberry softball team earned a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Lander Bearcats at the Smith Road Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior Brittany Middleton rattled off seven strikeouts in her victory in the second game of the afternoon.
The Wolves improve to 13-6 on the season, while the Bearcats fall to 6-14.
Newberry travels to Milledgeville, Ga., on Friday for the Georgia College Round Robin, meeting Georgia College at 4 p.m. and Barry at 6 p.m.
Game One: Newberry 3, Lander 2
Sophomore Hannah Blakley earned the victory in the circle, while junior Madison Burnett picked up a save as Newberry topped the Bearcats in the opener 3-2.
After the Bearcats opened the scoring in the top of the first, the Wolves quickly responded in their offensive half. Junior Ashlen Ayres reached second on an error before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Mallory Gerndt.
With Ayres on third, junior Gabby Bedard singled down the rightfield line to plate Newberry’s first run of the afternoon.
The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth inning as senior Danielle Basch was hit by a pitch, with junior Casey Nakawatase and sophomore Casey Nellums already on base. A wild pitch soon plated Nakawatase, before senior Katie Capobianco singled down the leftfield line allowing Nellums to score.
The Bearcats notched a single run in the seventh before Burnett earned the save.
Game Two: Newberry 2, Lander 1
Middleton struck out seven in the Wolves 2-1 victory in the second half of the twinbill.
Lander broke a scoreless game open in the third as the Wolves watched their opponent’s plate one in the top of the inning.
Newberry was unable to breakthrough on its own until the sixth when Bedard tripled to right to lead off the inning. Ayres followed with a triple of her own to score Bedard.
The final run of the afternoon came two batters later as Capobianco singled to third to score Ayres.