NEWBERRY, S.C. - The 14th-ranked Jaguars of Augusta State University prevented Newberry College from playing giant killer for the third time this season, downing the Indians 11-1 on Senior Night. Newberry (21-30, 6-15 South Atlantic) had knocked off nationally ranked opponents Lander and Francis Marion at Kirkland Field already this season, but could not generate offense nor defense enough against ASU (34-13, 16-8 Peach Belt).
The Jags' big innings were the second and seventh. Four straight singles cleared the bases in the second, capped off by a two-RBI Garrick McGrath (Marietta, Ga.) single. Matt Lee (Savannah, Ga.) followed Greg Taylor's walk and Allen Greg's double with a shot over the center field wall. Newberry's Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) scaled, then toppled over the wall, and returned to his feet holding the ball, appearing to make the catch. The effort was to no avail, however, as the field official signaled a round tripper. Augusta State added single runs in the first, fifth, sixth, and eighth.
Newberry broke the scoring drought in the final half-inning after Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) and Travis Moore (Blythewood, S.C.) opened the frame with singles. Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) sacrificed to deep center field to score Walker. Moore had three of Newberry's six hits, Dillenger had two hits and the sac RBI, and Walker's hit rounded out the Indian offense.
ASU catcher Steven Barth (Bogart, Ga.) was statistically the best hitter, going three-for-three and being hit by two pitches. McGrath and Lee batted in three runs each, and Lee Rose (Douglasville, Ga.) was two-for-four with two ribbies.
ASU's Brett Chandler (Douglasville, Ga.) struck out four and allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings for his first win of the year (1-1). Brent Rembert (Sumter, S.C.) started the game, allowed one run in one inning of work, and got the loss. Nine pitchers saw action for Newberry; Josh Page and Patrick Egleston (both of Columbia, S.C.) had the most success against the Jags, striking out two batters each and allowing no hits.
Newberry will take on Tusculum in the first round of the Food Lion SAC Baseball Championships at 4:30 Thursday.
### GO INDIANS ###