HICKORY, N.C. — The No. 21 Lenoir-Rhyne Bears proved too much for the Newberry offense as the Wolves were able to plate just a single run, while being swept in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Bears Field.
Junior Gabby Bedard drove in her 25th run of the season in the Wolves’ 9-1 six inning game one loss to the Bears. Game two saw Newberry senior Leah Hosking record a pair of hits in a 3-0 loss.
The Wolves fall to 15-11 overall and 2-2 in conference, while Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 22-5 overall and 4-0 in SAC games.
Newberry next takes the field at Anderson on Saturday, as the Wolves and Trojans are set for a 2 p.m. first pitch.
Game One: No. 21 Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Newberry 1 (6 innings)
The two sides spent the first few innings feeling one another out, but it appeared the Wolves were ready to get the runs column fired up in the top of the second inning. The Bears surrendered a lead-off double to Newberry sophomore Darrian Jamison, but the Wolves’ backstop found herself stranded after a pair of strikeouts, a walk and a third strikeout wrapped up the frame.
The third saw senior Katie Capobianco draw a lead-off walk, which was soon followed by another walk as junior Ashlen Ayres was offered a free pass. A sacrifice bunt from senior Danielle Basch moved Capobianco and Ayres up a base, allowing for Capobianco to score easily on a single to right center by Bedard. The Wolves were only able to plate a single run as a double play ended the inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne responded Newberry’s lone score with four in the bottom of the frame, before adding two in the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth.
In the circle, junior Madison Burnett tossed 2.2 innings and struck out one in the loss. Sophomore Hannah Blakley struck out three in three innings of relief.
Newberry finished game one with five hits by five different players.
Game Two: No. 21 Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Newberry 0
Hosking was the only Newberry player to record multiple hits in a game on Wednesday, as she finished the second game of the doubleheader 2-3 at the plate.
Newberry did not move a runner beyond second base until the top of the fourth inning, where Jamison doubled down the left field line with one out. After swapping spots on second with Jamison, junior pinch runner Casey Nakawatase advanced to third on a single to right by Hosking. The Wolves saw the second out of the inning cut down their best scoring chance as Nakawatase was thrown out at the plate.
The fifth saw freshman Hailey Drawe lead off the frame with a double to center. The Wolves’ shortstop was left stranded at second as the next three Newberry hitters were retired in order.
Lenoir-Rhyne struck for runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, with solo home runs in both the second and sixth.
Junior Brittany Middleton struck out three in the loss.