A rough night in all phases of the game nipped any Newberry chances in the bud, as the Wolves dropped a 13-1 decision to No. 11 Lander at Dolny Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Wolves fall to 9-7 overall and will look to rebound at home against Limestone at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Lander improves its record to 14-1.
Lander capitalized on situations late in innings throughout the night, as all but one Bearcat run scored with two outs. Weston Lawing hit an RBI double followed by Graham Ramos’ two-run single to give the hosts a 3-0 lead in the first and Pat Grady’s two-run homer to left in the second made it a 5-0 game. Thomas Berry led off the third with a solo homer to right-center for the only run scored before the second out of an inning.
Newberry pitcher Marshall Rentz (Charleston, S.C.) let the first two runners of the fourth reach base, but a hard-hit liner back at him as the Bearcats ran initiated a rare triple play in the only inning the hosts didn’t plate a run.
The Wolves cut the lead to 6-1 in the top of the fifth on a two-out RBI single from Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.), but that was the scarlet and gray’s only run of the night. Ramos hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the inning and scored on a throwing error, making it 8-1 and the Wolves were unable to mount an offensive comeback.
Cranmer and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) were the only Wolves to manage multiple hits in the contest and Newberry stranded eight runners on base. The Wolves’ offensive woes were compounded by nine extra base hits by Lander.