NEWBERRY, S.C. � Tusculum College used a two-run seventh inning to complete a three-game sweep over the host Newberry Indians, 4-1 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action. Newberry, losers of four straight, falls to 6-11 (0-3 SAC) overall. Tusculum improves to 15-5 (3-0 SAC) on the season.
The story of the game was steady Pioneer pitching, mixed with Newberry�s offensive futility. Tusculum starter Eric Butler (Morristown, Tenn.) pitched six strong innings and struck out seven batters. The Indians were able to draw four walks off of Butler, but stranded a total of 11 runners in the contest.
The Pioneers got the ball rolling in the second inning, when Pioneer right fielder Kenny Reed (Knoxville, Tenn.) drew a one-out walk. Reed was able to advance to second base after Tusculum first baseman Adam Hicks (Bristol, Tenn.) singled up the middle. With two outs and runners on first and second, Tusculum moved the runners up after a successful double steal. An errant throw to first base by Newberry shortstop Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) was all the Pioneers needed to get Reed home from third, making the score 1-0.
Indian ace Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.) had a good outing, scattering five hits over seven innings, and striking out four. Haltiwanger did run into a spot of trouble in the seventh, as the Pioneers made him pay for two wild pitches by pushing two runs across.
Newberry picked up their only run in their half of the seventh, as Dillenger was able to reach courtesy of a Tusculum throwing error. Indian first baseman Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) scored Dillenger all the way from first after a double to left center that nearly cleared the fence. After that hit, Butler was pulled in favor of Pioneer relief pitcher Chap Morris (Madison, Va.).
To say the least, Morris shut the door on the possible Indian rally, as he went on to pitch three innings of scoreless, no-hit baseball.
Walker had the only multi-hit game for the Indians, going 2-for-5 on the afternoon. Tusculum leadoff hitter Matt Webb (Duluth, Ga.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Haltiwanger (2-1) was credited with the loss for Newberry, while Tusculum�s Butler (2-2) was awarded with the win. Morris picked up his second save of the season for his efforts.
The Indians battle again on Monday afternoon, as they host Hampden-Sydney for a 1 p.m. game at historic Kirkland Field.