The Newberry Wolves dropped both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader at Carson-Newman, with two big innings leading to a 12-4 Eagles win in game one and a walkoff homer giving the hosts a 7-6 win in the second game.
Newberry completes the regular season with a 19-25 overall record and finishes in sixth place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 12-15 league record.
Game One: Carson-Newman 12, Newberry 4
The Eagles put up four runs in the third inning and five runs in the fifth inning to earn a comfortable win and tie the series at one game apiece.
C-N’s Lance Rorex hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and Zach Long led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer. The Eagles loaded the bases and RBI singles from Rorex and Phillip Duncan, as well as a bases loaded hit batsman gave the hosts the 5-0 lead.
Newberry cut into the lead in the fourth with a Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) RBI single and a fifth inning RBI groundout from Andy Vogel (Marietta) to cut the lead to 5-2. But the Eagles put up five unearned runs in the fifth and a two-run homer from Bo Ausmus in the eighth gave the hosts a 12-2 lead.
Pinch hitter Zach Morgan (Simpsonville) hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth, but there was no comeback in order for Newberry.
Mario Rojas (Miami, Fla.) fell to 5-4 on the season with the loss, allowing five runs in two innings. Kevin Rufus (Andrews) and Robby Scaggs (North Augusta) each had two hits in the game.
Game Two: Carson-Newman 7, Newberry 6
The Wolves saw the go-ahead run thrown out at the plate in the top of the seventh inning and Rorex’s walkoff homerun in the bottom of the seventh gave the Eagles the series win.
Newberry took the lead in the top of the first on an Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) RBI single but two-run homers from Kyle Koeneman and Rorex in the bottom of the frame gave C-N an early 4-1 lead.
Wesley Camp (Pelion) hit a two-run double in the second after a Rufus double to cut the lead to one run and that duo hit back-to-back RBI two-out singles in the fourth to give Newberry a 5-4 lead.
Rorex and Trace Rogers drove in runs in the fifth to make it a 6-5 C-N lead, but Rufus’ RBI double with two out in the top of the sixth tied the game at 6-all.
Baur hit a one-out single in the top of the seventh, but was thrown out at the plate on Scaggs’ subsequent double. Rorex’s second homer of the game gave the Eagles the win and the series win.
Matt Chapman (Summerville, 2-1) was hit with the loss. Camp and Rufus each has three hits, while Baur and Scaggs each had a pair.
Friday Game: Newberry 5, Carson-Newman 1
The Newberry Wolves got one step closer to next week’s Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament with a 5-1 win over the Carson-Newman Eagles at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon.
Rufus got things started quickly for the Wolves, and he blasted the game’s second pitch over the wall in right-center field for his fourth homerun of the season to give the Wolves the early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Scaggs extended the Wolves’ lead to 3-0 with a two-run double. C-N scored on a successful double steal in the bottom of the fourth, but that was the only run the Eagles could manage on the day against a solid performance from a trio of Wolves pitchers.
A Scaggs RBI double and a Sheridan run-scoring single in the top of the sixth closed out the scoring.
McElwee moved to 5-2 on the season, allowing one run on three hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two. McElwee’s strikeout count is now up to 88 for the season and 309 for his career. Jeremy Long (Clover) struck out five and walked two in two innings of hitless relief and Matt Chapman (Summerville) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close the door.
Scaggs was the only player in the game with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs on his two doubles.
Vogel walked twice and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.