HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Coker was inches away from securing its first victory of the season against Newberry Wednesday afternoon but came up short, falling 4-3 in collegiate baseball. The Cobras fall to 0-6 on the year while the Indians improve to 4-2.
The deciding play came in the seventh inning with two out and the bases loaded. Cleanup hitter Dean Walker hit a liner to left center field that center fielder Dustin Dockter dove for. The ball ducked under his glove by inches, doubling Walker, scoring three and giving Newberry a 4-3 lead. Coker couldn�t plate the tying run and the Indians escaped with a win.
The Cobras started the game well, backing up a stellar effort by senior starter Brandon Roberts. Roberts went four innings, struck out six batters and allowed only two hits as CC took an early lead. Coker scored one run in the second, third, and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Roberts and reliever Mark Mueller shut out NC through the first five innings before the Indians got on the board in the sixth.
Ben Kershner went 3-4 with a run scored in his second game back from injury to lead the Cobras. Junior Stipe Miocic had a hit and an RBI and classmate Kelly Sullivan went 2-2.
Walker went 1-3 with three RBI for Newberry and Travis Moore also went 1-3 with one RBI. Gilmore Stevens got on base three times and scored a run, and Stuart Kay went 2-4 with two runs scored.
Junior Aaron Marchese took the loss for CC, pitching two innings and allowing five hits and three earned runs. Chris Griffin (1-0) earned the win for Newberry, pitching three innings of shutout ball in relief, while Tyson Azevedo picked up the save (3).
Newberry plays Wingate Friday at 2 p.m., then hosts a Saturday doubleheader with Anderson College starting at 1 p.m.