Lenoir-Rhyne (9-25, 6-15) and Newberry (17-18, 9-11) split a South Atlantic Conference Baseball doubleheader Saturday at the Smith Road Complex. The Bears lost game one by an 8-7 score before
winning the nightcap, 3-0.
Game One - Newberry 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 7
The Wolves' Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) ended the game with a walk-off, run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Newberry to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) finished with a team-high three hits and sophomore shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) drove in two runs but the Bears could not hold a 7-5 advantage in the middle of the eighth inning.
Newberry scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the contest at seven before Kosch' heroics in the ninth.
The Wolves were led by Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) with four hits including a solo home run while Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) improved to 3-2 on the year after pitching the final two innings.
Sophomore Nick Flachofsky (Pfafftown, N.C.) (1-5) took the loss for the Bears, who also suffered with six errors which led to three unearned runs in the setback.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Newberry 0 (seven innings)
Vieitez (3-4) won his third straight game after throwing a four-hit shutout in the second game of the doubleheader against the Wolves. Vieitez also struck out seven batters as Lenoir-Rhyne was able to salvage the split.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored all three of its runs in the first inning thanks to RBI singles from senior outfielders Brandon Walker (Otisville, N.Y.) and Mike Gasque (Mebane, N.C.) and junior catcher Read Brown (Charlotte, N.C.).
Newberry's Cole Cramer (North Augusta, S.C.) fell to 3-2 on the season despite allowing three unearned runs in six innings of work to go along with seven strikeouts.
The two teams wrap the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a single game on Sunday afternoon. First pitch between the two schools is set for 1:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Mike Gasque, L-R Athletics