MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — The Newberry Wolves seemed poised to upset the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, but the host Mount Olive Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take a 6-5 win at Scarborough Field on Sunday afternoon.
Newberry falls to 4-5 on the season with the loss, while Mount Olive is now 6-0. Newberry hosts Coker at 5 p.m. Tuesday and visits Erskine on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. South Atlantic Conference play begins Friday with a three-game set at Mars Hill.
Neither team could cross home plate in the first four innings and the Wolves struck first in the top of the fifth. Nolan Schrenker hit a single and stole second and was plated on a two-out RBI single by Wesley Camp). The Wolves then loaded the bases, but a pitching change got MOC out of the inning with Newberry up 1-0.
The Wolves added a run in the top of the seventh when Camp hit a bunt single, stole second and came home on am RBI single by Ryan Cranmer. Mount Olive tied the game up in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out two-run double by Zak Orrison.
Andy Vogel led off the eighth with a double and moved to third on a but single by Jermale Paige. Brandan Sheridan brought Vogel home with an RBI single and scored himself on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Siler to put Newberry up 4-2 after eight.
Sheridan hit a sacrifice fly to score Albert Baur in the top of the ninth to give the Wolves a 5-2 lead headed to the bottom of the ninth.
The Trojans drew three walks in the bottom of the frame, with Mike Mercurio’s bases loaded walk made it a 5-3 game. Matt Petrone tied the game up with a two-run single. Geno Escalante was intentionally walked and a new pitcher tried to pick him off, but the ball was thrown away and Mercurio scored the winning run.
At the plate, Schrenker went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Camp, Cranmer, Vogel and Paige each had two hits, while Sheridan had a team-high two RBIs.
Starter Jonathan Rosenberger) went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Cole Cromer was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.
The Newberry Wolves had chances to plate important runs, but it was the No. 1-ranked Mount Olive Trojans who came away with a a pair of wins at Scarborough Field on Saturday. MOC won the first game 6-3 and won the second game 16-1 on Saturday.
Saturday Game One: No. 1 Mount Olive 6, Newberry 3
The Trojans used a trio of solo home runs to provide the difference in the day’s first game.
After Newberry left runners on the corners in the first inning, Mike Mercurio led off the bottom of the frame with a homer and Geno Escalante hit a solo shot to take a 2-0 lead. Daniel Oliver reached on an error to plate Braden Reitano and give the hosts the advantage.
Newberry cut into the lead when Baur plated Anthony Siler with a double in the third inning to make it 3-1, but the Trojans scored on a first-and-third play in the fourth to put the advantage back out to three runs.
Baur hit an RBI single in the fifth to make it 4-2, but Mercurio’s RBI single in the sixth put MOC’s lead back at three runs.
Sheridan led off the seventh with a double and was plated by Camp’s sacrifice hit to make it 5-3. Reitano hit a solo homer in the seventh to make it 6-3 and no Wolves could reach base in the eighth or ninth to give Mount Olive the win.
Alex Roberts was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year, allowing five runs - three earned - on nine hits in 6.0 innings, striking out three and walking one.
Baur reached base all four trips to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBIs, while Siler was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Camp was 2-for-4.
Saturday Game Two: No. 1 Mount Olive 16, Newberry 1
Sheridan hit his first collegiate home run with one out in the second inning to give the Wolves the lead, but the top-ranked Trojans scored 16 straight to cruise to a win.
Newberry started the game with three straight singles but couldn’t score and left two runners stranded in the second. From there, only four more Wolves reached base with one reaching scoring position.
The Trojans scored three unearned runs in the third to take the lead and put up six in the fourth, thanks in large part to a three-run Reitano double. Walks put the Newberry pitching staff in trouble as five runs came across in the inning without a hit. MOC closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Sheridan reached base twice, but no Wolves had multiple hits in the game. Reitano had four RBIs and four runs scored for Mount Olive.
Camp fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. The Wolves only struck out one batter in the game.