Newberry, SC – The Wolves of Newberry College were dominant on the mound as the Crusaders suffered a 12-0 defeat on the road on Wednesday afternoon.
The first three innings of play remained scoreless as Crusader starter Ryan Woodring allowed just three hits until Newberry struck with four runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Wolves scored four runs on five hits, while the North Greenville defense committed two costly errors in the field.
Newberry scored three more runs in the 5th inning and four more in the 7th to gain the 12-0 edge they would hold onto until the final out.
Freshman Zac Davis broke the Newberry no-hitter with a double down the left field line in the top of 9th inning in his first collegiate at-bat.
Woodring was hit with the loss in his first start of the season after pitching four innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts. Fellow senior Sean Willingham saw just 1/3 of an inning on the mound, allowing three runs on two hits, while freshman Chase Day faced two batters without recording an out.
Junior right-hander Stewart Hunt pitched two innings in relief, allowing three runs on four hits with a strikeout as redshirt freshman Ryan Rich allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout over 1 2/3 innings in his first collegiate game.
The Crusaders (1-2, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) return to Tigerville for their first home game of the season as they host Lander University on Friday, Jan. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Ashmore Field.