NEWBERRY, S.C. � The USC Upstate Spartans avenged a loss at the hands of Newberry earlier this season, defeating the Indians 10-5 in Division II baseball action Tuesday evening. The Indians fall to 7-17 overall on the season.
The fans at historic Kirkland Field were treated to a fine offensive contest, featuring a total of 20 hits and 15 runs.
The Spartans (17-10) jumped all over Newberry starting pitcher Matthew Awtrey (Columbia, S.C.) for four runs in the top of the first inning. With the score 1-0 and runners on second and third, Spartan designated hitter Eric Davis (Amarillo, Texas) hit a triple to drive home both runners, making the score 3-0 in the favor of Upstate. Davis would later score after a fielding error by Newberry first baseman Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.).
Awtrey (0-1) lasted only one inning, giving up four hits and four earned runs.
Newberry would get on the scoreboard in their half of the first inning when both Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.) and Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit RBI singles to cut the Upstate lead to 4-2. Upstate would answer in the top of the second with two more runs, making the score 6-2.
However, Newberry came back yet again in the bottom of the second. After a leadoff single by Easterby, Indian second baseman Matt Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) belted a two-run home run off of Upstate�s George Gibson (Canyon City, Ore.), cutting the Spartan lead to only two runs, 6-4.
But that would be as close as the Indians would get, as Upstate relievers James Dalton (Apopka, Fla.) and Garrett Holmes (Woodruff, S.C.) combined to hold the Indians to three hits for the rest of the game. Dalton (5-1) picked up the win, tossing four innings and striking out six batters.
Walker went 2-for-3 for the Indians with an RBI. Newberry pitcher Patrick Egleston (Columbia, S.C.) worked five innings of relief for the Indians, not allowing an earned run and only surrendering two hits.
Newberry will try and halt its five-game losing streak this coming Thursday, as Limestone College invades Kirkland Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.