NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Anderson University baseball team wrapped up a three-game South Atlantic Conference series by dropping a doubleheader at No. 22 Newberry, 9-4 and 6-2, Saturday afternoon at the Wolves' Smith Road Complex.
Anderson fell to 11-19 overall and 2-10 in the conference, while Newberry improved to 27-7 and 11-1 with its 19th straight home win of the season. The Wolves have won seven straight and nine of their last 10 decisions.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Newberry 9, Anderson 4
Redshirt sophomore Chandler Castleberry notched one of the Trojans' three singles in the opener and also reached on a seventh-inning walk. Senior Jackson Strange was 1-for-4, with a single and also drove in a run, while freshman Jacon Kohns added an RBI-single in the ninth inning. Sophomore Tyler Berry and junior Matthew Overton each drove in a run.
Senior right-hander Will Gee (2-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs on 11 hits in six innings on the mound. He struck out two and walked one.
Newberry 6, Anderson 2
Sophomore Trevor Weisner was 2-for-3 in the nightcap, with a pair of singles and was also hit by a pitch in the seventh. Redshirt junior Joseph Strange added a one-out double in the sixth inning and sophomore Will O'Brien notched a single in the second frame and was also hit by a pitch in the seventh inning.
Freshman Lucas Smith (0-1) absorbed the setback after surrendering four runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out two Wolves and walked two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Newberry claimed an early lead with a solo run in the bottom of the first innings and added another run in the fourth to take a 2-0 advantage, before posting a four-run fifth inning and building a 9-0 lead with one in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
The Trojans took advantage of a lead-off single by Jackson Strange in the eighth inning, with the Greenville, S.C., native later scoring on a wild pitch. AU capitalized on four walks and a single to push across three runs in the top of the ninth to set the final score.
The Wolves posted three runs in the second frame and added another one in the third to build a 4-0 advantage, before the Trojans got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Castleberry led off with a single and scored when Joseph Strange laced a double to left-center with one out.
Newberry countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth before the Trojans added another solo run in the ninth.
• Redshirt sophomore Cameron Hall tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief in the nightcap. The right-hander did not allow a hit or walk a batter in his 11th relief appearance of the season.
• Chandler Castleberry extended his hitting streak to five games.
• Will Lindsey has reached base safely in his last 16 consecutive games.
AU opens a four-game homestand by welcoming longtime rival Erskine to Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. First-pitch versus the Flying Fleet is set for 6 p.m.