NEWBERRY, SC -- Newberry College pounded 13 hits and received an outstanding pitching performance from Josh McElwee en route to a 12-0 victory over the Railsplitters on Friday evening in the first of three South Atlantic Conference contests slated for the weekend.
Lincoln Memorial University drops to 7-9 in the SAC following this, their sixth-consecutive loss in conference play, and 14-20 on the season. The Wolves move to 6-10 in the SAC and 12-18 overall.
The Railsplitters were limited to only seven hits in the contest, led by a couple of hits apiece from Curt Fuqua and Andre Rodriguez. Andy Fennell (0-6) was dealt the loss in the game as he threw six innings, allowing ten hits and nine runs while walking three batters.
Three different players recorded multiple hits for the Wolves, led by Andy Vogel's 3-5 performance with five RBIs. Chas Goodwin notched three hits and three runs for Newberry College. Aside from the strong offensive performance, Josh McElwee (3-1) was brilliant on the mound as he tossed eight innings, surrendering six lone hits while striking out 11 Railsplitters.
The Wolves got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first frame with a leadoff single from Kevin Rufus. Rufus stole second and advanced to third on Wesley Camp's single in the next at-bat. Andy Vogel singled to put the Wolves on the board with their third-consecutive base knock. Albert Baur plated another run with a fielder's choice to put Newberry College on top, 2-0, after one.
Fennell settled down in the next two innings as the score remained at 2-0 after three frames. However, the Wolves got back on the board with a two-run bulge in the bottom of the fourth stanza. Chas Goodwin notched a one-out single followed by Kevin Rufus reaching after being hit by a pitch. A wild pitch advanced the runners and Andy Vogel capitalized with a two-run single two batters later to push the lead to 4-0.
The fifth inning went quickly as both teams were set down in order before the Wolves blew open the contest with a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. Vogel notched another two-run single as he took advantage of his bases loaded opportunity. Albert Baur followed with another RBI-single and Robby Scaggs pounded a two-RBI single to cap the scoring and give the Wolves a commanding 9-0 advantage.
The Wolves scored three more in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI-single from Goodwin followed by a two-run blast from Rufus to press out to a 12-0 lead. The Railsplitters recorded only two hits in the last two innings as they were downed 12-0 in the opening game by Newberry College.
The Railsplitters will complete their series with Newberry College tomorrow afternoon as the two teams are slated for a doubleheader set for a 1 p.m. start in Newberry, South Carolina.