After falling 3-2 to the visiting Pikeville Bears in game one, the Newberry softball team bounced back for a 9-5 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at the Newberry College Softball Field.
Newberry moves to 14-13 on the season and will move back into South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday at Wingate.
Game One: Pikeville 3, Newberry 2
Newberry starting pitcher Shelley Jeffcoat struck out eight as the Wolves fell in the opening game of the afternoon.
The Wolves opened the scoring in the first inning when Brittany Philips and Tasia Diaz singled in back-to-back at-bats. When Diaz stole second, Phillips took advantage of a throwing error on the Bears’ catcher to score Newberry’s first run of the game.
After Diaz stole third and Ashley Roof drew a walk, a double steal saw Diaz plate the Wolves’ final run of the opening game.
Pikeville tallied one run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Game Two: Newberry 9, Pikeville 5
Pikeville looked to carry momentum into game two scoring the first run of the ballgame in the second before the Wolves answered with a run of their own in the second as Monica Buccellato doubled to lead off the inning and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.
A one out single by Paige Brugh plated Buccellato in the second.
The Wolves tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the third when back-to-back singles by Phillips and Diaz led off the frame.
Phillips was caught stealing third, but with Diaz at second and Jennifer Yancey drawing a walk, a single by Jada Crocker to left center would score Diaz comfortably. Yancey would score two batters later as Shelby Holland singled to center.
Despite taking a 3-1 lead early, the Wolves surrendered three Bears runs in the fourth and one in the fifth , falling behind 5-3. Newberry answered in a big way during the bottom half of the fifth inning as Yancey led off with a single up the middle.
Crocker looked to have popped up to short, but the ball was dropped allowing Crocker to reach first and Yancey to reach second as the throw to second skipped into left field moving both runners up a base to second and third.
After Casey Nakawatase replaced Crocker on the bases, Buccellato popped up to second, but again the pop fly was dropped loading the bases for Holland.
In four straight pitches, Holland drew a walk, scoring Yancey and setting the table for a bases clearing triple by Brugh. With four runs across in the inning, Casey Stevens would double home Brugh, and would score herself on a two-out double by Diaz.
The six run inning was all Newberry needed as Stevens allowed only one base runner in the final two innings.