|February 01, 2004||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Michael Erexon (1-0)||3.0||4||1||0||0||2|
|Loss: Billy Alm (0-1)||4.2||6||6||5||4||2|
|Nick Paniccia (MOC)||6||1||3||1||0||0|
|Matt Johnson (MOC)||5||2||3||3||0||1|
|Ryan Easterby (NEW)||3||1||2||0||0||0|
|Stuart Kay (NEW)||3||1||2||1||0||0|
|Dustin Smith (NEW)||4||0||2||1||0||0|
NEWBERRY, S.C. � Mount Olive claimed the deciding game of its weekend series with Newberry in grand fashion, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits Sunday afternoon at Kirkland Field to Newberry's six runs and 10 hits. The Trojans produced five-run innings in the fifth and eighth to put the contest out of reach. The two-day, three-game series was the first of the season for each team.
Newberry (1-2) relied on five pitchers, most of the work going to Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) who went 4 2/3 innings in a losing effort. The game was knotted at 2-2 going into the fifth, but Mt. Olive strung together three hits and a pair of sacrifices to score a pair of runs. Alm (0-1) left with two outs and runners on second and third, and Jamie Maynes (Columbia, S.C.) hit T.J. Fly (Chesapeake, Va.) with his first pitch. With Matt Johnson (Afco, N.J.) at the plate, Maynes threw a wild pitch to score Shawn Warner (Baltimore, Md.). Johnson's 2 RBI single drove in Fly and Nick Paniccia (Schenectady, N.Y.), and Jared Locke (Inman, S.C.) relieved Maynes for the final out.
The Indians' most productive half-inning followed, as Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) plated, set up by a passed ball and Stuart Kay's (Greer, S.C.) single to left. Dustin Smith (Conway, S.C.) drove in Easterby and sent Kay to third. Freshman Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) got the RBI when his groundout to third scored Kay.
Mount Olive enjoyed some eighth-inning long balls, started by Johnson's leadoff homerun. Dan Smith (Melbourne, Fla.), the second batter, put a shot to the fence at right center, good for three bases. Alan Thomas (Pikeville, N.C.) sacrificed the next at-bat to push Dan Smith across. After Jonathan Pullen (Garner, N.C.) and Craig Hurba (Maryland, N.Y.) reached on an error and a walk, respectively, Steve Parrish (Fremont, N.C.) nailed a 360-feet shot over the 320' right field wall, over the road, and into the football stadium for three of his four RBI on the day.
In the bottom of the eighth, Travis Moore (Blythewood, S.C.) answered with a solo shot to center to close the gap to 12-5. A three-run Trojan ninth inning, manufactured mostly by Mt. Olive's bench, added more insurance for the visitors. Clark Mullins (N. Augusta, S.C.) doubled to bat in Daniel Till (Lexington, S.C.) to account for Newberry's last run.
For Mount Olive, senior Michael Erexson (Raleigh, N.C.; 1-0) claimed the rubber match win. Johnson was second behind Parrish in RBI with 3. Newberry's Easterby and Kay each went 2-for-3 and scored once, and Dustin Smith hit .500 with a RBI.
Kirkland Field will next see baseball action when Newberry hosts Francis Marion at 2 p.m. Tuesday.