Hunter Cox went 4-for-4 in the win
Cox, McElwee lead Wolves to 8-1 win over Brevard in SAC opener
Newberry, Brevard to play 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday
February 17, 2012
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Hunter Cox went 4-for-4 and Josh McElwee went 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts on the mound and recorded four RBIs at the plate as the Newberry Wolves cruised to an 8-1 win over the Brevard Tornados in their South Atlantic Conference opener at the Smith Road Complex on Friday evening.
The Wolves move to 3-5 overall and 1-0 in SAC play, while Brevard is now 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the league. The two teams will close out the series with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
McElwee started the game off for the Wolves in fantastic fashion, striking out two Tornados in the top of the first and giving Newberry a 2-0 lead with a two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the frame.
Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) and Cox (Andrews, S.C.) started the bottom of the second with singles and Kirby scored when Newberry grounded into a double play, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead.
The same duo started Newberry's big rally in the fourth inning when Kirby reached on an error, stole second and scored on Cox's RBI single. With two outs, Robby Scaggs (North Augusta, S.C.) and McElwee each hit two-run singles to stake the Wolves out to a 8-0 lead.
The Tornados avoided the shutout in the 6th inning when a leadoff error, a fielder's choice and a wild pitch that escaped the catcher brought home an unearned run.
Newberry pitchers McElwee (1-0), DJ Hearsey (Oviedo, Fla.) and Wade Ruff (Rock Hill, S.C.) combined to allow only three hits, five walks and struck out 13 Tornados. On top of Cox's 4-for-4 night, Scaggs was 3-for-4 and McElwee and Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) each went 2-for-4.
Johnathon Chaplain went to 0-1 on the season for Brevard, allowing eight runs - three earned - on nine hits in 3.2 innings. The Brevard bullpen was much more effective, allowing no runs on five hits in 4.1 innings, with Brennan Daniels striking out four batters in 3.0 innings.
Newberry 8, Brevard 1