NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry senior outfielder Stuart Kay belted his fourth first-inning homerun in four games to score the game's first two runs en route to an 8-3 victory over USC Spartanburg Tuesday night at Kirkland Field. Kay's first inning bomb upped his career total to 25, just one short of the record.
Newberry (17-23, 4-11 SAC) held a 2-0 lead until the third inning when USCS (18-20, 9-12 PBC) put a run up off Zach Huckabay's single through the left side gap. The Indians are 12-4 when leading or tied after the first inning this season.
Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) accounted for three of Newberry's runs on hits in back-to-back innings. The 5-10 junior right fielder was a perfect four-for-four on the evening with a pair of doubles.
Indian first baseman Travis Moore (Blythewood, S.C.) recorded his eighth home run of the year to tie Kay (Greer, S.C.) in the eighth inning, adding an insurance run to an existing 7-3 lead. Moore also tapped an RBI single into shallow left field in the fourth to score Walker.
Huckabay (Marietta, Ga.) was the only Rifle to get more than one hit, going two-for-five from the plate. USCS was limited to eight hits, scoring three runs off Newberry starter Brent Rembert (Sumter, S.C.).
Indian reliever Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) pitched 3 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. USCS starting pitcher Jeff Jerome (Forest City, Iowa) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs in five innings of work.
Newberry travels to Anderson College for a Wednesday night non-conference game, while Spartanburg hits the road for a game against Wingate University.
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