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Win: Russell Haltiwanger (3-1) 5.011134
Loss: De. Williams (0-0) 5.053236
Ritter (CLAFLIN) 311010
Hudson (CLAFLIN) 301100
D. Davis (CLAFLIN) 211010
Rhodes (CLAFLIN) 201110
Dustin Smith (NEW) 422310
Stuart Kay (NEW) 312210
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 502100
Anthony Dillenger (NEW) 232120

Newberry Unleashes Offense in 11-2 Victory Win Over Claflin
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College produced its second 11-run game in a row, but this time played defense as well as offense, en route to a 11-2 victory over Claflin University on an unusually warm Thursday afternoon at Kirkland Field.  The Indians (5-3) previously knocked off Claflin (2-6) in Orangeburg in come-from-behind fashion on February 5.

Newberry held a 3-1 advantage after five innings, but broke away in the next two frames, using five safeties, two bases on balls, and a Claflin error to score seven runs.  During the scoring spree, Dustin Smith (Conway, S.C.) doubled twice and Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) hit his own two-bagger to pick up three and two RBI, respectively.

Sophomore Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.) picked up his third win of the young season by pitching five innings of one-hit, one-run baseball, and striking out four.  Senior Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) finished the game and recorded his season-first save, being hit only twice and fanning three.  Claflin pitcher DeMece Williams, a Newberry native, had his homecoming spoiled, allowing five hits and three runs in the loss.

Claflin scored its fourth-inning run with aggressive base running by Johnathan Ritter (Eutawville, S.C.) and David Hudson�s bat.  Ritter reached on balls, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch.  Hudson (Lexington, S.C.) then singled to center to put Claflin within a run of Newberry.  The Panthers capitalized on three Indian errors to score Darryl Davis (Eutawville, S.C.), the only Claflin batter to get a hit in the inning.

In addition to Smith�s and Dillenger�s heroics, Indian outfielder Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) plated two baserunners on a 2-for-3 day.  Freshman Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) had two safeties and a RBI, and Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) and Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.) each singled, scored, and batted in a run.

Newberry will next travel to Augusta State next Tuesday, with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.