NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry's Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) pitched a one-hitter through five innings to win his first game of the season over thirteenth-ranked Francis Marion University Wednesday afternoon at Kirkland Field. The 6-0 shutout represented head baseball coach Tim Medlin's 350th career victory, and improved the Indians' record this season to 2-2.
Today's game, postponed from yesterday due to poor field conditions, marked the first loss of the season for the Patriots (3-1) and starting pitcher Kevin Kentner (Fremont, Calif.).
Newberry scored a single run in both the second and fourth innings, but FMU curtailed the potentially big innings, stranding three Indian runners each time. However, in the eighth, Newberry took advantage of Patriot miscues to score four insurance runs. Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) led off with a single to left center and moved to second on Brandon Gardner's putout at first. Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.), Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.), and Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) watched twelve balls go past to score Webb and load the bases. FMU failed to complete the forceout at home, as catcher Ken Yaeger (Bowling Green, Ky.) dropped the throw from third. Dean Walker's (Afton, Tenn.) single on the next at bat plated Stevens and chased Philip Wilkens (Winnsboro, S.C.) from the mound. FMU's Mitch Norris (Lexington, S.C.) walked Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.), then struck out the final two Newberry batters.
Chris Griffin (Cayce, S.C.) kept his season ERA at 0.0 for the year with four hits scattered over four innings in outstanding relief. Kay put only three Patriots on base and fanned two.
Walker produced at the plate, going three-for-five with a RBI. Stevens made the most of his leadoff bat, hitting safely twice, taking a base on balls, scoring a run and driving in another.
FMU center fielder Quentin Davis recorded two of the Patriots' five hits, leading his squad. Middle reliever Lee Tabor (Manning, S.C.) fared the best of any Patriot, striking out six Indians in four innings, allowing one run and one hit but walking four.
Newberry travels to Orangeburg Thursday to battle Claflin College at 2 p.m.