Daly ties LU home run record in loss to Newberry

Lander's Zach Daly (16) gets congratulated by his teammates after hitting his 20th homer of the season, which ties Connor Lewis' school record. (Photo by Dylan Seely)
Lander's Zach Daly (16) gets congratulated by his teammates after hitting his 20th homer of the season, which ties Connor Lewis' school record. (Photo by Dylan Seely)

GREENWOOD - Lander's Zach Daly tied the Lander single-season record for home runs when he belted two solo shots Wednesday afternoon, but the nationally ranked Bearcats' baseball team couldn't overcome Newberry's five-run, seventh inning as the Wolves claimed a 7-4 upset non-conference victory at Dolny Stadium.

Daly's second home run tied the school record of 20 set by Connor Lewis in 2014. That year Lewis led the nation in home runs.

Lander, which moves to 35-12, is ranked No. 7 by the NCBWA, No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and No. 11 by D2 Baseball. Newberry improves to 30-16-1.

The Wolves' Charlie Fessler (1-0) picked up his first decision of the year after striking out one in 1.2 innings of relief. Marshall Rentz was awarded the save, his fifth of the year, with one strikeout in one inning.

Lander's Andrew Reardon (3-1) dropped his first game of the season, striking out two, walking two and allowing four earned runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of action.

Newberry jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when Daymon Totherow reached on a passed ball, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Derek Olenchuk's RBI groundout.

But quickly Lander responded in the bottom half of the inning when Daly stroked his 19th homer of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence, to tie the game, 1-1.

The Bearcats took their first lead of the game at 2-1 in the second after John Mangum, who reached on a hit by pitch, scored from third on a Newberry double play. Lander stretched its advantage to 3-1 in the fourth after Mason Dodd's groundout RBI plated Taylor Kellner.

The Wolves, however, rebounded in the fifth to cut the gap to 3-2 on Olenchuk's sacrifice fly that scored Robert Kosch.

Daly's record-tying home run cleared the right field fence and gave the Bearcats a 4-2 lead.

Newberry rallied for five runs in the seventh to take a 7-4 lead on a two-RBI double to right field by Danton Hyman, RBI singles by Jeff Sneed and Trejon Smith, coupled with a Lander fielding error that allowed Sneed to score.

For Lander, Kellner batted 3-for-4, while Daly went 2-for-4.

For Newberry, Smith went 3-for-5.