ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Poor pitch control on the part of Claflin University's Panthers and well-timed hitting enabled Newberry College to put four runs on the board in the middle innings to win 4-3 Thursday afternoon at Mirmow Field. Claflin (0-5) held a 3-0 lead on four hits after three innings, but managed just two more hits down the stretch.
Newberry (3-2) started slowly on both offense and defense, yielding five hits and two errors to put the home team ahead, while advancing no runner farther than second in the first three frames. In the fourth, Dustin Smith and Anthony Dillenger reached by virtue of walks, then came home off a stolen base apiece and Jeremy Harris' single to left field.
Smith plated Dean Walker off a fielder's choice in the next inning, with the help of a Travis Moore double sandwiched between. Newberry scored again in the sixth. Harris singled, advanced when Billy Alm took a pitch in the arm, and scored the winning run off Stuart Kay's single to right.
Russell Haltiwanger threw three hitless innings and won his second game of the year. Joel Crisp threw a perfect eighth, and Tyson Azevedo closed the win, allowing no hits and one base on balls in the ninth to get the save.