NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves used strong pitching and a seventh inning outburst to put away the No. 12 Georgia College Bobcats by a 8-2 score at the Smith Road Complex on Tuesday night.
Newberry bumps its record back to .500 for the season at 21-21 while Georgia College falls to 26-8. The win is Newberry’s first over a nationally ranked team this season. The Wolves are next in action on Friday and Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference series at Coker.
The Wolves took the lead in the second after Ryan Cranmer led off with a double and was pinch ran for by Brandan Sheridan, who scored on a sacrifice fly from Eric Barbieri.
Newberry’s lead extended to 2-0 in the third after Nolan Schrenker led off with a double and later scored on an RBI groundout from Sheridan.
Georgia College tied the game in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by Steve Hazel, but the Wolves regained the advantage on an RBI single from Albert Baur in the bottom of the fifth to go up 3-2.
The score held there for an inning and a half before the Wolves exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Wolves plated their runs on a double by Ty Powell, Sheridan’s RBI single, a two-run double by Barbieri and a delayed double steal to wrap up the scoring.
The Wolves’ pitching staff held the Bobcats’ offense under three runs for just the fourth time this season.
Zach Morgan got his first career start in his senior season and allowed two runs in 4.0 innings, while Austin Walker moved to 1-1 on the year with with three scoreless innings of relief with two hits and three walks.
Wesley Camp pitched a perfect eighth inning and Daniel Nations closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out the side.
Barbieri was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, while JoJo Bradley and Jermale Paige each went 2-for-4.
The Wolves hit five doubles in the contest and only struck out three times.