NEWBERRY, S.C. - Presbyterian College scored in six of nine innings, exploding for six in the third, to take game one of the three-game weekend series 14-7. PC's Kevin White (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Robby Parrish (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) each cranked two-out, two-run dingers in the third frame to give the Blue Hose a lead that would not be seriously challenged.
Presbyterian (21-19) evens their record in South Atlantic Conference play at 8-8, remaining tied for fourth place. Newberry drops to 17-26 and 4-12 in league play, one game better than Mars Hill College.
White's blast came with Matt Sparrow (Lake City, S.C.) on second and two away. The 6-2 righthander, who pitched five innings for today's win, bit on the first pitch and cleared the left field fence by 25 feet. Jake Lunnen (Sylva, N.C.) doubled into the left corner, and Curtis Bell (Gilbert, S.C.) hit a nearly identical double to score Lunnen. Parrish scored Bell with his first long ball of the year over left field. Philip Hauserman (Decatur, Ga.) recorded the final run of the inning after getting aboard with a bunt, and coming all the way around after the pickoff attempt went bad.
Newberry had rebounded from a 2-0 first inning deficit, scoring three in the second inning off three singles, two walks, and a Matt Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) groundout RBI. The Indians were faced with a 10-3 PC lead in the fifth, until Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit Newberry's only homerun, a 1-1 pitch that took flight over deep center field.
The Blue Hose started the extra-base brigade again in the seventh, where Bell doubled to start the inning, and both Hauserman and Robert Rodebaugh (Marietta, Ga.) tripled, the latter two batting in runs. Freshman catcher Kemper Booth (Hendersonville, N.C.) singled to drive in Hauserman.
Down 13-4, the Indians made a last stab at a comeback in the eighth. Ryan Easterby's (Charleston, S.C.) double, followed by singles from Webb and Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.), loaded the bases for Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) who was walked. Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) sacrifice-flied to left field to score Webb, and Walker hit a ball hard to third that popped off the baseman's glove, allowing Stevens to come home.
White's win makes him 7-3 on the year, while Alm slides to 1-3 in eight starts.
Stevens was the only player from either dugout with three hits, going three-for-four and walked once in the losing effort.
The South Atlantic rivals go at it again Saturday in doubleheader action beginning at noon.