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Win: Matt Fairweather (4-1) 8.075503
Loss: Pete Stuppiello (2-4) 5.2107700
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Win: Pat Egleston (1-1) 3.010006
Loss: Jeff Abdelnour (6-2) 3.054422
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Clark Mullins (NEW) 302000

Newberry picks up first conference win of the season in split with Catawba
Saturday, March 19, 2005 | by by Ryan Gross, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. Newberry College split a doubleheader with visiting Catawba College Saturday afternoon by scores of 7-5 and 4-2 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action.  Newberry moves its record to 9-18 (1-7 SAC), while Catawba is 21-12 (6-2 SAC) on the season.

In the first game, Catawba used a strong pitching performance from starter Matt Fairweather (Lenoir, N.C.) to turn back Newberry 7-5.  Fairweather went eight innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three Newberry batters.

Catawba got back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning by Matt Baker (Charlotte, N.C.) and Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, N.C.) to take an early 2-0 lead.  Newberry came back in the bottom of that inning to make the score 2-1, after a fielding error from Catawba third baseman Zach Evans (Greensboro, N.C.) allowed Newberry leadoff man Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) to score from third base.

The score remained 2-1 until the Catawba half of sixth inning, when the Indians from Salisbury roughed up Newberry starter Pete Stuppiello (Gilbert, S.C.) for five runs, giving Catawba a 7-1 cushion.  Davis again was the main culprit, as the designated hitter knocked a two-RBI double down the left field line to start the Catawba scoring.  Davis was 2-for-4 in the first game, totaling three RBIs.

Newberry would not go away however, as the hometown Indians stormed back with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, cutting the Catawba lead to 7-5.  Kinard continued his hot hitting with an RBI double in the sixth inning, while Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) hit his first home run of the season with a man on in the seventh.  Kinard finished the game 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Easterby went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Catawbas third baseman and closer Evans shut the door on Newberry.  After allowing a leadoff hit to Newberrys Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.), Evans settled in to strike out the side and preserve the 7-5 Catawba victory.

The top of the Catawba lineup hit Newberry pitching hard, as Davis and M. Baker combined to go 4-for-9 with four RBIs.  Catawba first baseman Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, N.C.) also had a productive day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Fairweather (4-1) picked up the win for Catawba, while Evans was awarded his ninth save of the season.  Stuppiello (2-4) was credited with the loss.

Game two went more towards Newberrys favor, as the home team was able to pick up their first SAC victory of the season with a 4-2 win over Catawba.

Newberry pitchers Jared Locke (Inman, S.C.) and Patrick Egleston (Columbia, S.C.) only allowed five hits combined, while fanning 11 Catawba batters.

Locke, making his first appearance in over three weeks after an illness, looked a little shaky in the early going as M. Baker hit his second homer of the day in the top of the first inning, a two-run bomb over the left field fence.  Locke settled down to pitch four innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five.

Newberry answered the call in their half of the first inning, as the Indians scored three runs of off four hits.  After a leadoff single from Kinard, Newberry shortstop Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) hit his fourth four-bagger of the season to tie the score at two.  During the next at bat, Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit a double down the right field line and would later score courtesy of a Brandon Brown (Starr, S.C.) sacrifice fly, giving Newberry the 3-2 lead.

Egleston (1-1) came in the game at the beginning of the fifth inning and was absolutely mesmerizing, allowing only one hit and fanning six Catawba batters.

Newberry would add another run in the bottom of third after a Kinard RBI groundout drove home Brown from third, making the score 4-2 in Newberrys favor. 

Newberry first baseman Clark Mullins (N. Augusta, S.C.) went 2-for-3 in the game, and was the only Newberry batter to collect more than one hit.  Catawba leadoff man David Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was 2-for-3 with a run scored.  M.Baker also went 2-for-3.

Catawba starting pitcher Jeff Abdelnour (Cohoes, N.Y.) was credited with the loss, dropping his season record to 6-2.

The third and final game of the series between Newberry and Catawba takes place tomorrow at historic Kirkland Field.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.