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Win: Brian Corbett (1-0) 3.143306
Loss: Pete Stuppiello (0-1) 4.087622
Alan Thomas (MOC) 423100
Gilmore Stevens (NEW) 411000
Billy Alm (NEW) 411100
Stuart Kay (NEW) 221201
Dustin Smith (NEW) 301000
Travis Moore (NEW) 301000
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Win: Russell Haltiwanger (1-0) 5.042125
Loss: Alan Fricks (0-1) 3.032231
Alan Thomas (MOC) 411000
Craig Hurba (MOC) 201010
Steve Parrish (MOC) 201110
Sam Martin (MOC) 201000
Travis Moore (NEW) 312000
Dean Walker (NEW) 302400

Newberry College Splits with Mt. Olive to Open Baseball Season 1-1
Saturday, January 31, 2004

NEWBERRY, S.C. � Newberry College rebounded in the second half of Saturday�s doubleheader, winning 5-2 over Mt. Olive after dropping the season opener 7-4 to the Trojans.  Mount Olive College broke open a scoreless game on a five-hit, three-error third inning to score five runs in the first game; in the second, the Indians jumped on top early and kept errors and opponent�s hits to a minimum to even the series.

 After two full innings of three-up-three-down baseball, MOC�s Mike Mafucci (Rockledge, Fla.) successfully hit in the leadoff position and made his way home after a fielder�s choice and an error.  Alan Thomas (Pikeville, N.C.) doubled to put T.J. Fly (Chesapeake, Va.) in scoring position, and Stephen Nordon�s single drove in the two runners.  Nordon himself scored after stealing second, taking advantage of the errant pickoff attempt to get to third, and then plated when Craig Hurba�s RBI single dropped in left field.  Hurba represented the final Mt. Olive run of the third, driven around the base paths by Steve Parrish�s (Fremont, N.C.) double and the third Indian error of the inning.

 In the fourth frame, the Trojans extended the lead to 7-zip by notching a pair of runs on a Fly walk, a Thomas triple, and Nordon�s sacrifice fly.  Despite the huge hole, Newberry rallied when Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.) singled down the third base line to lead off.  Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) fired a triple to straightaway center to score Stevens, and Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) drilled the longest ball of the day, a home run shot to left center that brought Newberry as close as 7-3.  Dustin Smith�s (Conway, S.C.) single to center chased Mt. Olive starter Brian Corbett (Marion, S.C.; 1-0) from the mound.  Ricky Duke (Grove City, Ohio) sandwiched a balk between two strikeouts to end the inning.

 Senior Chris Griffin (Cayce, S.C.) finished the game in relief of Pete Stuppiello (Lexington, S.C., 0-1), and scattered two hits over three innings, striking out two and allowing one base on balls.  Offensively, Newberry managed a lone run in the sixth when Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) sac flied to center to score Kay, who was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a Travis Moore (Blythewood, S.C.) double.


Game two saw Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.), an All-SAC preseason first teamer, get the nod.  The 6-1 sophomore struck out five in five innings while walking only two batters.  Matthew Awtrey (Columbia, S.C.) and Tyson Azevedo (Charleston, S.C.) both allowed zero Trojan offense, with Azevedo getting the save.

Newberry faced a 1-0 deficit entering the bottom half of the first.  Moore singled to move Alm and Kay, both of whom were walked, into scoring position, and Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) brought the pair home with a left field single.  The 2-1 lead held until the fifth inning, when Newberry added three more insurance runs.  Stevens singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home off Alm�s sacrifice.  Kay and Moore hit back-to-back singles, and Walker repeated his first inning feat, driving two more runs in with a double down the left field line.

Mt. Olive loaded the bases in the sixth on a pair of walks and an error.  Awtrey replaced Haltiwanger (1-0) and allowed only one inherited runner, Nordon, to score, that off Mafucci�s sacrifice fly to right.  With Awtrey limiting damage to one run, Azevedo preserved Haltiwanger�s win by shutting down Mt. Olive in the final half-inning.

The squads meet at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon for the rubber match at Kirkland Field.