NEWBERRY, S.C. - Five of Newberry's first seven batters took a free ride to first base and later scored in a six-run first inning, and the Indians never looked back, defeating Coker College, 10-6, in college baseball action Wednesday night at Kirkland Field. Newberry (15-15) rides a three-game winning streak into tomorrow's contest with West Virginia State University at 3 p.m., while Coker (15-15) has its losing streak extended to three.
Cobra starter Collin Liggett (Irmo, S.C.) struggled with control out of the gate, facing only five batters, walking four and surrendering a single to cleanup hitter Clark Mullins (North Augusta, S.C.). Neil Lineberry (Greensboro, N.C.) entered, giving up only a run to his five batters. Coker scored a run in both the second and third frames from a wild pitch and Chris Sligh's (Aiken, S.C.) single to center.
The Cobras took their best shot at a comeback in the eighth inning. A Kelly Sullivan (St. Charles, Mo.) double, a wild pitch, and two consecutive Newberry errors scored a run and placed two in scoring position. Jeff Cameron (San Jose, Calif.) knocked Newberry starter Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) out of the game with a liner that Crisp leaped for and attempted to barehand. Cameron's single scored two and brought Pete Stuppiello (Lexington, S.C.) in to finish the game. Stuppiello faced four batters in the eighth to get the final two outs, watching Cameron score on Conrad Deese's (Pageland, S.C.) RBI fielder's choice. The Indian reliever finished the contest by retiring three of Coker's four batters in the ninth.
Mullins led the Indian charge with three RBI on three-of-five batting. Outfielders Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) and Dustin Smith (Conway, S.C.) poked in a pair apiece, each going one-for-three. Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) hit twice and batted in a run. Coker's Cameron was the most effective hitter for the opposition, going two-for-three with a pair of ribbies.
Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.) singled, then moved to the hot corner on a pair of steals. Mullins got two of his RBI off a double to left center, scoring Stevens and Billy Alm (Pine Plains, N.Y.) to give the home team its ninth and tenth runs.
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