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Win: Eric Butler (2-3) 9.020015
Loss: Billy Alm (1-2) 7.021147
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 301000
Matthew Webb (NEW) 301000
Robbie Bouman (TC) 412000
Skip Talarek (TC) 402100
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Newberry College0000000045
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Win: Chap Morris (2-5) 7.040025
Loss: Russell Haltiwanger (3-3) 6.047235
Gilmore Stevens (NEW) 401000
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 301000
Stuart Kay (NEW) 301000
Anthony Dillenger (NEW) 301000
Adam Hicks (TC) 211100
Robbie Bouman (TC) 321100
George Hanger (TC) 301100
Aaron Frye (TC) 311000
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Tusculum College41001020X8124
Win: Mat Galens (3-0) 6.043219
Loss: Stuart Kay (1-2) 6.0107214
Clark Mullins (NEW) 312010
George Hanger (TC) 424301

Tusculum sweeps Newberry in college baseball weekend
Monday, March 15, 2004

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Eric Butler and Chap Morris each pitched complete game shutouts as Tusculum College swept a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader from visiting Newberry College Saturday at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers went on to complete the sweep on Sunday, knocking off the Indians 8-3.

Game 1: Tusculum 3, Newberry 0
In a classic pitchers' duel, Tusculum's Eric Butler (Morristown, Tenn.) tossed a two-hit shutout as the Pioneers won the opener 3-0. TC made the most of its five hits, but scored the first run without one.

Butler and Newberry starter Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) locked up in a battle as Butler retired the first 10 Indians he would face before giving up a one-out single to Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) in the fourth inning. Alm was just as dominant as he held the Pioneers hitless through the first six innings.

Newberry had a golden opportunity to get on the board in the fifth inning when Dustin Smith (Conway, S.C.) drew a lead-off walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error with no outs. Butler got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts and a ground out stranding Smith at third base.

Tusculum manufactured a run in its half of the fifth when Aaron Frye (Lebanon, Tenn.) led off with a walk and moved all the way to third on a ground out by Mike Calano (Suwanee, Ga.). Frye would score the first run of the day on Adam Beacham's (Atlanta, Ga.) sacrifice fly. The Pioneers had a chance to increase their lead in the sixth when Adam Hicks (Bristol, Tenn.) drew a walk and Robbie Bouman (Sterling, Va.) thwarted Alm's no-hit bid with a double down the left field line. But Hicks was thrown out when he overran third base and was caught in a rundown for the first out of the inning. Alm got out of the inning with a strikeout and fly out to keep the score 1-0.

The Pioneers added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Chris Griffin (Cayce, S.C.). Sophomore Josh Wolff (Louisville, Ky.) led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Wolff moved up 90 feet on Bouman's bloop single down the right field line. Wolff scored the second run of the game on Guy O'Connell's (Perth, Australia) RBI single and Bouman would later cross the plate on Skip Talarek's (Great Falls, Va.) run-scoring single to provide the final margin.

Butler walked one and struck out five to improve his record to 2-3 while tossing his second straight complete game victory. Alm pitched well in the loss, allowing one run, two hits, four walks and seven strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

Game 2: Tusculum 7, Newberry 0
Junior Chap Morris (Madison, Va.) followed Butler's pitching gem with one of his own as fired a four-hit shut in Tusculum 7-0 win in the second game. The Pioneers made the most of their four hits as they used timely base-running and capitalized on five Newberry errors to complete the sweep.

TC got all the offense it would need in the first inning as Wolff drew a lead off walk, moved to third on Hicks' hit. Wolff scored the first run on Bouman's RBI single. Hicks would steal third and scored on an error. Bouman stole third and crossed the plate on a passed ball as the Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Tusculum added three more runs in the second inning, including two coming on a pair of sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly by Hicks.

Morris pitched recorded his second straight win and third consecutive complete game as he walked two and struck out five to move his record to 2-5 on the year.

Newberry starter Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.) went the distance allowing seven runs, two earned, four hits, walked three and fanned five to even his record at 3-3.
Tusculum recorded five stolen bases in the game, including two by Wolff for his eighth and ninth of the season.

The Pioneers recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1998. It also marked the first time TC blanked an opponent in a doubleheader since 1994 when the Pioneers shutout Virginia Intermont College 4-0 and 3-0.

Game 3: Tusculum 8, Newberry 3
Junior George Hanger went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a home run as Tusculum College defeated Newberry College 8-3 Sunday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference baseball action at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers (17-13, 6-0 SAC) remain undefeated in league play while posting its four consecutive victory. Newberry drops its fourth game in row as the Indians fall to 9-13, 2-4 in SAC play.

Freshman Mat Galens (Louisville, Ky.) picked up the win to move his record to 3-0 on the season. The reigning SAC Pitcher of the Week went six innings, allowed three runs, two earned, four hits, walked one and struck out nine. Sophomore Wes Hill (Stuarts Draft, Va.) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and thwarted a bases-loaded threat in the seventh to earn his second save of the year.
Tusculum jumped out of the gate plating four runs in the first inning thanks to a pair of two-run homers by senior Guy O'Connell (Perth, Australia) and sophomore Skip Talarek (Great Falls, Va.). TC added another run in the second inning when sophmore Josh Wolff (Louisville, Ky.) reached on a two-out double and scored on junior Adam Hick's (Bristol, Tenn.) ensuing RBI single.

The Indians answered with three runs in the top of the third with the big hit coming from senior Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.) as he tripled home two runs and crossed the plate himself on senior Billy Alm's (Pine Plains, N.Y.) RBI single.

Tusculum made the score 6-3 in the fifth as O'Connell reached on an error, stole second and scored on Hanger's (Stauton, Va.) RBI hit.

The Indians mounted a serious threat in the top of the seventh as sophomore Daniel Till (Lexington, S.C.) laid down a bunt single and moved to third on the same play, on a throwing error. Clark Mullins (North Augusta, S.C.) drew a walk placing runners at the corners with no outs and chasing Galens out of the game, bringing on sophomore Brian Lovett (Knoxville, Tenn.). Mullins moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Lovett struck out Jeremy Harris (Pomaria, S.C.) looking, while Stevens drew a two-out walk to load the bases. The Pioneers went to Hill in the pen, getting Alm to ground out into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Pioneers added a pair of insurance runs on Hanger's two-run blast down the left field line to provide the final margin of victory.

Tusculum belted out a dozen hits, including two-hit efforts from sophomore Adam Beacham (Atlanta, Ga.) and Hicks.

Newberry starter Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) pitched six innings in the loss dropping him to 1-2 on the season. TC pitching limited the Tribe to just five hits on the day, including Mullins' 2-for-3 effort.