NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves saw a scoreless pitching streak of over 20 innings come to an end, but the offense provided the needed support for the scarlet and gray to complete a South Atlantic Conference sweep of the Brevard Tornados with a 6-3 win Sunday.
Newberry is now 15-9 overall and 7-5 in SAC play with only one mid-week game upcoming, as the Wolves hosted nationally-ranked Lander at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Brevard is now 8-13 overall and 4-10 in the league.
The Wolves picked up a pair of runs early on an RBI single by Albert Baur in the first and a run-scoring hit by Brandan Sheridan in the second to make it a 2-0 game.
Newberry starter Jake Nidiffer was strong throughout his outing, carrying the momentum from Saturday’s dual shutout doubleheader by stranding six Tornados on base in the first four innings. BC loaded the bases in the fifth and a fielder’s choice brought home their first run of the series to cut the lead to 2-1.
Nidiffer would get no decision despite allowing just one earned run on eight hits in 5.0 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Wolves extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Alex Kirby, but a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the sixth by Matt Proffitt tied the game up at 3-3.
Small ball helped the Wolves retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, with three bunts advancing runners in different varieties. Mitchell Griffin and Robert Kosch each brought home runs to give the Wolves the lead again at 5-3.
After allowing the game-tying triple, reliever Daniel Nations allowed just one Tornado to reach in the final 11 plate appearances. He moved his record to 2-1 on the year allowing two runs - one earned - in 4.0 innings with just two hits, five strikeouts and a walk.
Nolan Schrenker capped the Wolves’ scoring in the seventh with an RBI single to left. He had three hits in the game with a double and two runs scored. Jermale Paige, Kirby and Griffin each had two hits apiece.