MARS HILL, N.C. — The Newberry softball team dropped a pair of five inning games at Mars Hill on Friday as the Lions swept the Wolves at Ponder Field.
Sophomore Darrian Jamison ripped a three-run homer as the Wolves fell 15-7 in five innings during game one, while senior Leah Hosking drove in a pair of runs in Newberry’s five inning 12-4 game two loss.
The Wolves end the regular season at 21-27 overall and 7-15 in conference play, while the Lions improve to 24-20 and 8-14 in conference.
Game One: Mars Hill 15, Newberry 7 (5 innings)
Jamison homered, while sophomore Casey Nellums drove in a pair of runs during the Wolves game one 15-7 loss to the Lions.
The Lions opened the game with a pair of runs in the first, before adding seven runs in the second frame.
Newberry junior Ashlen Ayres opened the third with a single up the middle, a double to left by senior Katie Capobianco pushed Ayres to third. Both Ayres and Capobianco stayed put until Jamison homered to right and gave the Wolves their first three runs of the day.
Mars Hill pushed the lead to 12-3 in the bottom of the third, before senior Danielle Basch led off the fourth with a solo homer to left. Back-to-back ground outs for the Wolves was followed up by an infield single by freshman Mallory Gerndt. Jamison reached on an error, a wild pitch pushed both runners up a station allowing both to score on a double to center by Nellums.
Three in the fourth was all the Wolves would get in the frame before the Lions plated three of their own in the bottom of the inning. The top of the fifth opened with junior Cassie Harrell draw a leadoff walk, before Harrell advanced to second on a wild pitch and scampered to third on a ground out. A two out single to center by Ayres allowed Harrell to score before the final out was recorded on a Newberry loss.
Game Two: Mars Hill 12, Newberry 4 (5 innings)
Hosking drove in a pair, while junior pitcher Brittany Middleton struck out two in Newberry’s 12-4 game two loss.
The Wolves bats opened game two hot as Nellums followed up a Capobianco walk with a single. Capobianco and Nellums both advanced a base on an error, before scoring on a double to center by Hosking. Junior Gabby Bedard singled to center as Hosking advanced to third. A stolen base saw Bedard advance to second. Sophomore Amelia Putnam delivered Newberry’s third run on a sacrifice fly, before a Basch groundout saw Bedard score the fourth run of the afternoon.
Mars Hill answered with a run in the first and four in the second to take a 5-4 lead.
The Lions’ lead increased in the with runs in the third, fourth and fifth before Mars Hill wrapped up a five inning victory.