FORREST CITY — Sixth-seeded Carson-Newman (20-25) faltered in a 7-3 decision to fourth-seeded Newberry Saturday afternoon at McNair Field in the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship.
Cole Cromer struck out eight in seven innings of relief to help cement the win for the Wolves and drop Carson-Newman into the losers bracket.
The Eagles play the loser of the midafternoon game between Tusculum and Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.
Zach Long was two-for-four with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Carson-Newman offense. Evan Kirkpatrick went one-for-three with an RBI, while Joe Tipton was one-for-three with a run scored. Bo Ausmus added a pair of hits for the Eagles.
Carson-Newman jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. Long plated the first run with an RBI double to left center. He would score on an RBI single from Kirkpatrick to give the Eagles a two-run lead.
Newberry answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie it. Eric Barbieri, JoJo Bradley and Jermale Paige hit back-toback-to-back doubles on three straight pitches, with Bradley plating Barbieri and Paige driving home Bradley to tie it.
The Wolves took the lead in the third when Barbieri connected on his eighth homer of the year, a tworun shot to left to give Newberry a 4-2 lead.
The Wolves added three more in the seventh. Bradley’s tworun single made it 6-2, while a Carson-Newman error pushed the advantage to five.
The Eagles scored a run in the top of the eighth to make it a fourrun game. Tipton singled, then went to third on a double from Ausmus. An RBI groundout from Evan Jurjevic plated Tipton to make the final score 7-3.
Cole Cromer got the win to move to 5-2 on the season. He allowed a run on four hits in his seven innings of work, striking out eight without walking a batter, throwing 81 pitches in relief. Alex Britt took the loss, falling to 4-4. He allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two.
Eagles 9, Pioneers 8
Forest City, N.C. — The Carson Newman Eagles defeated the Pioneers of Tusculum 9-8 in an SAC tournament elimination game.
Cody Fox led the Eagles offensively going 3 of 5 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double that ended the Pionners chances at an SAC title.
Tusculum was led by Joe Polichetti who went a perfect 3 of 3 with two RBIs and showed why he was named to the All-SAC team as a designated hitter.
Ryan Fillers (2-3) is credited with the win for the Eagles, while J.A. Shepard (6-3) gets the loss for Tusculum.
Fillers allowed a run on two hits in one and two-thirds innings and struck out two batters.
Shepard suffered his second loss of the day for the Pioneers. He allowed a run on a hit in one inning of work, striking out one, and walking one.
Tusculum visits Indiana for a three-game stretch against Oakland City.