Trojans Split Final Doubleheader of the SeasonApril 16, 2011
NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Anderson baseball team closed out its’ South Atlantic Conference slate by splitting a road doubleheader with Newberry College, dropping the opener, 15-4, and winning the nightcap, 9-8, at the Smith Road Complex.
With the split, Anderson moved to 19-30 overall and 10-17 in the conference, but narrowly missed qualifying for next week’s league tourney, while Newberry finished 22-25 and 15-12 league record, which placed them sixth in the league.
Game One: Newberry 15, Anderson 4
The Wolves jumped out to a lead in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 15-4 victory which clinched a series win.
The Newberry defense work out of a jam in the top of the inning and scored four in the bottom of the first. Kevin Rufus was hit by a pitch and John Fogarile hit a single after that. An RBI-single by Evan Darr put the first run on the board followed by an RBI bunt single by Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.), and the Wolves extended the lead.
In the second, an RBI single by Anderson's Brett Scarberry followed by a two-run homer by Bobby Roper cut the lead to 4-3. Newberry pushed the lead out to 5-3 in the third when Vogel hit a home run just over the wall in left field.
Darr and Vogel led off the fifth with singles and an RBI single by Jovan Rohena , a sacrifice fly by Patrick Regalado and an RBI double by Rufus made it 8-3. A Bley RBI single in the sixth pushed the lead to six runs.
The Wolves tacked on six runs in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Darr, an RBI double by Vogel, RBI singles from Regalado and Terrence Gray and a two-run double by Keke Wadsworth to make it 15-3.
The Trojans scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth, but could get no closer.
Chauncey Mattei pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless relief to earn the while Brett Campbell suffered the loss for AU.
Game Two: Anderson 9, Newberry 8
The Trojans broke a tie with three runs in the top of the seventh and a Newberry rally in the bottom of the seventh fell short.
AU's Ryan Saxon started the scoring with a first inning RBI single, but Rufus led off the bottom half with a triple and tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch. Anderson reclaimed the lead in the second with a sacrifice fly by Troy Ambros and an RBI single by Jonathan Romano to make it 3-1. Gray hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second and Love gave the Wolves a 4-3 lead in the third with a two-run homer.
An unearned run in the top of the fourth for AU tied the game, but Fogarile and Love responded with RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-4. However, Saxon and Erick Sanderson led off the fifth with back-to-back homers to tie the game again.
After a scoreless sixth, the Trojans unleashed three straight RBI singles with two out in the top of the seventh to make it 9-6.
Love led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, followed by a pinch-hit single from Zach Upton. A Vogel RBI single and RBI sacrifice bunt by Rohena brought Newberry within a run, and the winning run got on base with one out via a walk by Sanchez Gartman. But Riley McDermott retired the final two Wolves’ hitters on a flyout and a groundout to leave those runners stranded.
McDermott worked three full innings of relief for the win, while Nate Elder absorbed the loss for Newberry.