NEWBERRY, S.C. - The visiting Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State University rolled seven and five in the fourth and sixth innings to avenge their earlier loss to Newberry College, winning Thursday's game 15-6 at Kirkland Field. Newberry won the season's earlier meeting, 10-9, in ten innings last Monday night.
The Jackets did the majority of their damage with two outs on the board. West Virginia State (20-6) started the trend in the second when Jerry Adkins (St. Albans, W.Va.) cranked a two-out double to center, scoring two runners who had reached with two away.
WVSU opened the fourth inning with hits by Robert Flinn (Parkersburg, W.Va.) and Gerald "Boo" Hager (Belfry, Ky.), both of whom scored. Again, the visitors came through with two outs, most notably Andy Maught (Jefferson, Md.), the first batter that Newberry's Jared Locke faced. He cleared the bags with a opposite field homer, scoring two after Justin Gray (Nitro, W.Va.) had doubled to score two. West Virginia State scored a deuce before the second out, and five runs after.
Maught wasn't finished with big hits. The 6-2 senior was the first batter that Jamie Maynes (Columbia, S.C.) saw, and much like the fourth inning, Maught took the fresh pitcher deep, this time scoring three on the sixth-inning round-tripper. As a part of his two-homerun, five-RBI day, Andy Maught went four-for-five at the dish with eight putouts on the defensive side. The Jackets hung two more two-out runs on the board, pushing their lead to 14-6. WVSU added a final run in the seventh inning to complete the day's scoring.
As good as West Virginia State was-15 runs on 19 hits-the hitting was not all one-sided. Newberry ripped eleven hits, four for extra bases. Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) and Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) hit twice, accounting for a pair of RBI each. Easterby's homerun in the second inning gave the Indians a 3-1 lead that would last until the fourth inning. The duo helped Newberry to two runs in the fourth, and Walker singled to score Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) in the fifth. Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) and Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) put Newberry ahead 2-0 in the first inning with RBI singles to left field.
The starting pitchers earned the decisions: Dana Samples (2-0) winning for the Jackets, and Ty Rollins falling to 0-2 with the loss. The stingiest slinger, however, was Jacket reliever Aaron Kelly (Chapmanville, W.Va.), who threw four innings of shutout ball and allowed three hits while fanning two.
Newberry takes to the road this weekend for a conference series with Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. West Virginia State completes its southerly swing with a weekend series at USC Aiken.
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