JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — A big homerun from Ryan Cranmer gave the Newberry Wolves a 4-2 win in the opening game of the series with the Carson-Newman Eagles on Saturday, before Newberry came on the wrong end of an extra innings affair in the nightcap at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex.
Newberry is now 20-20 overall and 11-12 in South Atlantic Conference action, while Carson-Newman is 18-21 overall and 10-13 in league play entering Sunday’s 1 p.m. rubber game.
Game One: Newberry 4, Carson-Newman 2
A three-run homerun with two outs in the top of the seventh by Cranmer gave the Wolves the series-opening win.
Junior starter Wesley Camp pitched a complete game and allowed jut one earned run in his 9.0 innings on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks, moving his season record to 8-2.
Newberry got on the board in the first inning after Cranmer singled, reached second on an Albert Baur walk and scored on an Eric Barbieri single. Carson-Newman tied the game in the third on a pair of two-out hits and took the lead with an unearned run with two gone in the fifth.
After Newberry stranded runners in scoring position in the third and the sixth, the late inning rally in the seventh proved to be the difference. Alex Kirby got on base with a two-out single, followed by Jermale Paige reaching by a walk. Cranmer then blasted his seventh homer of the season to left-center, giving the Wolves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Baur went 3-for-4 in the contest.
Game Two: Carson-Newman 2, Newberry 1 (11 innings)
Cranmer hit an RBI double in the top of the 11th inning to break open a pitcher’s duel, but the Eagles scored multiple runs in an inning for the first time all day to walk off with a win.
In a game scheduled for just seven innings, Newberry stranded four runners in scoring position in the first eight innings, while the pitching staff repeatedly worked around jams to keep the game scoreless.
Cole Cromer scattered seven hits in 6.0 innings with three strikeouts and a walk and reliever Daniel Nations went 4.0 scoreless innings with two hits, two strikeouts and a walk.
After Paige drew a one-out walk in the 11th, Cranmer went opposite field with a double to break the scoreless drought for both sides. C-N used a lead-off single followed by a hit batsman to get in position to tie the contest, which happened on Brett Everhart’s single down the right field line. A walk and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases and Peter Rajkovich smoked a single up the middle to win the game for the hosts.
Cranmer and D.J. Martinez each had a pair of hits in the game.