SPARTANBURG — Newberry dropped a pair of Sunday afternoon games at the Mid-South Classic, losing 12-3 in six innings to No. 10 Armstrong before falling 7-4 to Columbus State.
With the losses, the Wolves drop to 10-6 on the season. Newberry will travel to Bristol, Tenn., to face King on Wednesday before opening SAC play with a road doubleheader at Tusculum on Friday.
Game One: Armstrong 12, Newberry 3 (6 innings)
No. 10 Armstrong (12-2-1) got off to a hot start and continued to add to their lead en route to a nine-run victory in the Wolves’ first game Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates jumped on starter Kaylyn Camacho early, scoring in the opening frame on a three-run home run by Hannah Reppert.
Newberry cut the Pirates’ lead to a single run in the bottom of the frame. Katie Capobianco and Brittany Phillips reached on infield singles, then Jennifer Yancey doubled to left center field to score both runners. A Capobianco infield single an inning later tied the game at three.
The Wolves, however, would be unable to seize the lead. Armstrong added two runs in the third, four runs in the fourth, and three runs in the sixth inning to build a commanding 12-3 lead. Despite putting two runners on base in the bottom of the frame, the Wolves were unable to cut into the deficit, and the game ended by rule after six innings.
Game Two: Columbus State 7, Newberry 4
A four-run fifth inning was the difference for the Cougars as Columbus State (12-9) held off Newberry 7-4 in the nightcap of Sunday’s action at the Mid-South Classic.
The frame, which saw Newberry give up four runs on three hits and two errors, gave the Cougars a 6-2 advantage. The deficit reached five runs as the Wolves came up to bat in the seventh inning, which saw a valiant comeback effort fall short.
Newberry took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after a solo home run by designated player Casey Stevens. The Cougars answered with two runs in the third inning, however, after a single that dropped between two Wolves in right field and a home run on the next pitch.
A wild pitch in the fourth inning allowed Tasia Diaz to tie the game for Newberry before the Cougars struck for four runs in the fifth and a single run in the seventh to extend their lead to 7-2.
Danielle Basch kept the game alive in the bottom of the frame. After Gabby Bedard reached on an infield single, Basch smacked a towering home run to right center to cut the deficit to three runs. Brittany Phillips reached on an error, but the Wolves were unable to get any closer.
Shelley Jeffcoat was solid, pitching three innings while allowing two runs on three hits.Camacho took her second loss of the day by giving up five runs on six hits in four innings of work. Only one run was earned, however.
Despite the losses, several Wolves had notable days at the plate.
Bedard went 3-for-6 with a run scored, and Cabobianco was 3-for-5 with a run scored and one run batted in. Capobianco has now reached base in six consecutive contests. Brittany Phillips had the most impressive line, however, going 4-for-7 at the plate and extending her team-leading hitting streak to nine games.