ROCK HILL, S.C. - T.J. Graves went 3-for-5 as fifth-seeded Carson-Newman College defeated No. 7 Newberry College 10-7 Friday afternoon in an elimination game of the 2004 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament at Knights Stadium. The double-elimination tournament is held in conjunction with the Food Lion SAC Spring Sports Festival.
Carson-Newman advances to Saturday morning's elimination game against No. 2 Tusculum College. It will be the third straight year that C-N and Tusculum have met in an elimination game. The Indians end their season at 22-32 overall.
The Eagles (31-25-1) had to hold off a feisty Newberry squad as C-N jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Indians trimmed the deficit to three runs on two occasions. The Eagles pounded out 15 hits, including multi-hit games from Graves, Charlie Munroe, Derrick Calkin, Ryan Haun and Nick Jacobs.
Carson-Newman scored runs in each of the first four innings as it moved out to a 7-0 advantage. But Newberry countered with three markers in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to Stuart Kay's two-out, three-run homer down the left field line as the Indians trailed 7-3. NC cut a run off the deficit with a two-out rally in the sixth when Ryan Easterby doubled and Matthew Webb drove him home with a two-base hit.
The Eagles got three runs back in the top of the seventh when Graves led off with a double and later scored on Haun's sacrifice fly. Jacobs doubled home Derrick Caulkin and he would later score on Chris Borntraeger's RBI single.
But the Tribe wouldn't go away as they got the three runs back in their half of the seventh highlighted by Dustin Smith's RBI single.
C-N starter Brian Chapman picked up the win to improve his record to 3-1, while Paul Davis pitched the final 3 1/3 innings to earn his seventh saves of the season.
Newberry's Gilmore Stevens went 3-for-5 on the day, while Kay and Webb each recorded 2-for-4 performances at the plate.