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Baseball Drops Series Opener at Newberry

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NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Newberry used the most of five hits to knock off third-ranked Catawba 4-2 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Friday night at the Smith Road Complex. The league-leading and 15th-ranked Wolves improve to 34-10 overall and 17-2 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians drop to 34-10 and 17-5.

Three of Newberry’s hits came in the sixth inning when the Wolves also used a Catawba error to plate three runs and go on top 4-2. A leadoff single, an error on a sacrifice bunt and another sacrifice put runners on second and third for Newberry. Colin Allman cashed in for a two-run double to put the hosts up for good. Kenny Bergmann added a pinch-hit, two-out single for the final run.

Quinton Driggers pitched the final three innings to pick up his fifth save. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. Charlie Fessler (5-3) went the first six to earn the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Catawba took a 1-0 lead in the second as Henderson Lentz’s ground out scored Hunter Shepherd, who had walked and went to third on a double by Cameron Morrison. Newberry tied the game in the third, but Lentz and Jacob Nester started the fifth with singles. Heath Mitchem singled home Lentz, but Nester was gunned down at the plate and the Indians settled for a 2-1 lead.

The Indians out-hit the Wolves 10-5, but stranded eight to just three for Newberry. Mitchem had two hits for Catawba. Bryan Ketchie (7-1) suffered the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits over six innings with four strikeouts. Riley Myers threw two innings of scoreless relief and allowed one hti.

The teams are scheduled to wrap-up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

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