GAFFNEY - Newberry starter Will Folk (Charleston, S.C.) allowed just three hits in the first seven innings, but Limestone College scored three runs in the eighth to take a 6-5 comeback win in Division II baseball action Friday afternoon. Newberry falls to 2-6 on the season, entering this weekend's home opener against Shepherd College.
Newberry, who had been in an offensive slump of sorts in the past few games, exploded in the top of the first inning. Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) hit a double to the left center gap, scoring Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) all the way from first. After a wild pitch advanced Dillenger to third, Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit a single down the left field line to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Newberry wasn't done, as T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.) tripled to center field, bringing home Walker. McCord was able to cross home plate courtesy of a Clark Mullins (N. Augusta, S.C.) sacrifice fly, giving the Indians the 4-0 advantage. Newberry's four runs was the highest first inning offensive output of the season for the Indians.
Things were going pretty well for the Indians on the defensive side as Folk clearly brought his best stuff to Gaffney, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Joey Frericks (Potomac, Ill.) came on in relief for Limestone and worked out of a jam in the third inning. Frericks kept Limestone within striking distance by allowing one run on two hits in 3.2 innings of work.
The Saints entered the bottom of the sixth down 5-0. Limestone struck for three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-out 2 RBI triple from Matt Reel (Marion, N.C.). Josh Cochran (Goose Creek, S.C.) came out of the Saints bullpen and tossed a perfect eighth inning.
In the bottom of that frame, James Edwards (Gaffney, S.C.) ripped a leadoff double. Richmond Lutz (Shelby, N.C.) was able to reach on an error, and Mitch House (Dallas, N.C.) reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. David Wise (Lincolnton, N.C.) then tied the score with a two RBI single. After Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.) replaced Folk, Reel advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Midgett (Summerville, S.C.) then pushed the winning run across with a safety squeeze.
Tyler Anderson (Kershaw, S.C.) worked the ninth to record his first save while Cochran was credited with the win. Folk was saddled with the loss for the Indians.
Newberry hosts Shepherd College this weekend, playing consecutive doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch for both days is 1 p.m.