NEWBERRY, S.C. � Newberry College used a mixture of timely hitting and solid defense to thrash the visiting Limestone College Saints 9-1 in Division II baseball action Friday afternoon. Newberry improves its overall record to 8-17 on the season.
With the win, Newberry takes the season series from the Saints 2-1. The Indians also halt a five-game losing streak.
Limestone�s lone run came in the top of the third inning, when Saint center fielder Matt Craig (Lincolnton, N.C.) knocked home Rob Bouknight (Leesville, S.C.) on an infield single, giving them the 1-0 lead. That lead was short lived, when in the bottom of that same inning Newberry center fielder Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) hit a solo home run to tie the score at one run apiece.
The Indians took the lead for good in their half of the sixth inning, when designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit a two-out single to score Brandon Brown (Starr, S.C.) from third base, giving Newberry the 2-1 advantage.
Newberry starter Joe McIsaac (Lancaster, S.C.) made the most of his first career start, picking up the win by means of his 6.1 inning, one earned run performance against Limestone. McIsaac did surrender eight hits, but his defensive unit bailed him out by turning two double plays in the game.
The Indians put the game on ice in the bottom of the seventh, as Newberry roughed up Limestone relief pitcher Josh Cochran (Goose Creek, S.C.) for three runs off four hits. Kinard collected his second RBI of the game in the inning, and Indian outfielder Josh Buckley (Greer, S.C.) notched his first RBI of the season. Buckley went 3-for-5 in the game with two RBIs.
The rout was on in the Indian half of the eighth, as Newberry recorded four runs to extend their lead to 9-1. Second baseman Matt Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) drove home his 12th run of the season in the inning. Webb was 2-for-3 in the contest.
Kinard went 2-for-5 against Limestone, scoring three runs and collecting two RBIs. Newberry catcher Bruce Johnson (Gaffney, S.C.) went 2-for-3 in the game with a double. Gardner also had an impressive day defensively, as he gunned down two Limestone base runners attempting to steal second.
Newberry relief pitchers Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.) and Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) combined to pitch 2.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball for the Indians. Limestone starter Evan Denton (Dallas, N.C.) was saddled with the loss.
Newberry returns to South Atlantic Conference action this weekend, as the Indians play host to Catawba College. Saturday�s doubleheader will commence at 3 p.m. at historic Kirkland Field.