NEWBERRY — The Newberry softball team cruised to a sweep over the visiting Coker Cobras in a SAC doubleheader at the Smith Road Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Newberry and Coker combined for only three hits in a 1-0 Newberry victory in game one, while junior pitcher Madison Burnett struck out five in the circle. Sophomore Darrian Jamison drove in four as the Wolves earned a 9-1 win in five innings against the Cobras in game two.
The Wolves move to 21-25 overall and 7-17 in South Atlantic Conference play, while the Cobras record now sits at 16-25 overall and 5-15 in the SAC.
Newberry travels to Mars Hill on Friday for a doubleheaders set to begin at 1 p.m.
Game One: Newberry 1, Coker 0
Burnett struck out five as the Wolves earned a 1-0 victory in a game one pitcher’s duel.
After the two pitchers saw the minimum in the opening inning and a half, the Wolves changed that storyline in the bottom of the second. The bottom of the second opened as senior Leah Hosking was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Darrian Jamison followed in Hosking’s footsteps as she was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
With one out in the frame, junior Ashlen Ayres singled through the left side to load up the bases. Hosking notched the lone run of game one as freshman Mallory Gerndt delivered a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Burnett saw the minimum of Coker’s lineup until the third batter of the fifth inning for Coker singled to center. The Wolves’ right-hander allowed one hit and one walk in the victory.
Game Two: Newberry 9, Coker 1 (5 innings)
Jamison drove in four runs, while senior Katie Capobianco knocked in three as the Wolves toppled Coker 9-1 in five innings.
The second inning saw the Wolves open the frame with a one out infield single by Ayres. A single up the middle by Hosking put runners on first and second, before a fielding error pushed both runners up and saw sophomore Lanier Paul reach base safely.
With the bases loaded an infield single Capobianco plated Ayres. After an infield fly by sophomore Casey Nellums a double by Jamison gave Newberry a 4-0 lead as Hosking and Paul both scored.
Coker struck for one in the top of the fourth as Tyresha Ellis homered to left center.
The fourth saw Paul reach on an error, before a bunt single from Capobianco pushed Paul to second. With one out a passed ball allowed Paul and Capobianco to advance to second and third, where both would score on a single to left by Jamison.
Newberry walked off the field in the fifth after Ayres opened the inning with a single to left. A fielder’s choice on an error allowed Ayres to reach second and Hosking to reach first safely. A sacrifice bunt by Paul placed runners on second and third before a double to left center by Capobianco plated a pair of runs.
After Gerndt walked and Jamison flew out to center, Bedard loaded the bases on a bunt single. The final run of the day came as freshman Hailey Drawe singled through the right side to plate Capobianco.