March 24, 2005123456789RHE
West Virginia State0020100317121
Win: Pete Stuppiello (3-4) 1.020001
Loss: Hall (1-1) 5.245114
Goode (WVSTATE) 413200
Jamall Kinard (NEW) 522401
T.J. McCord (NEW) 412210
Matt Webb (NEW) 332100
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 412000

Newberry wins fourth in a row, defeats #25 West Virginia State 12-7
Thursday, March 24, 2005

NEWBERRY, S.C. � Newberry was able to break up a perfect game in the fifth, and would go on to score five runs in that inning en route to a 12-7 victory over #25 West Virginia State in Division II baseball action Thursday afternoon.  Newberry, winners of four straight, improve their record to 12-18 on the season.

Newberry concludes its seven game homestand with a 5-2 record, including four victories over nationally ranked opponents.  

It wasn�t smooth sailing for the Indians at first, as Yellow Jacket starting pitcher Ryan Hall (Greenup, Ky.) was absolutely untouchable, retiring the first 16 batters he faced while recording four strikeouts.

West Virginia State gave Hall adequate run support, as the Yellow Jackets scored the opening runs in the top of the third when Kevin Goode (Brunswick, Md.) and Ryan Taylor (Morgantown, W. Va.) both hit RBI singles to give them an early 2-0 lead.

The Yellow Jackets would make the score 3-0 in their favor in the fifth inning, on a sacrifice fly from Goode scoring Kyle Jones (Pottstown, Pa.) from third base.  Goode was 3-for-4 on the afternoon with two RBIs.

But the sixth inning would prove to be the undoing of Hall and the Yellow Jackets.  After striking out the first batter of the inning, Hall allowed five runs off of four hits as Newberry sent ten men to bat in the inning.  Designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) had an RBI single in the inning, and Clark Mullins (N. Augusta, S.C.) hit a two-RBI double with two-outs.

Newberry kept up their offensive production in the seventh inning, when leadoff hitter Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) crushed a two-run homer to give the Indians a 7-3 lead.  Walker collected his second RBI of the day later in the inning to give Newberry an 8-3 advantage.

Kinard, who has been stroking the ball as of late, went 2-for-5 in the contest with a home run and four RBIs.

The Yellow Jackets would climb back into the ballgame in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs of their own to cut the Newberry lead to 8-6.  Taylor hit a leadoff home run for West Virginia State, while Justin Gray (Nitro, W. Va.) and Jones drove in one run apiece in the inning.

The Indians, not taking any chances, came back in their half of the eighth and scored four more runs, extending their lead to 12-6.  The highlight of the Newberry at bat was a two-RBI triple from T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.).

The Yellow Jackets were able to pick up one run in the ninth, but reliever Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.) shut the door to preserve a 12-7 Newberry victory.

The eight and nine-hole hitters for Newberry, Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) and Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.), went a combined 4-for-7 in the ballgame.  Webb also notched an RBI for his efforts.

Pete Stuppiello (Gilbert, S.C.) picked up a win for his one inning appearance in the sixth, moving his record to 3-4 on the season.  Hall (1-1) picked up the loss for the Yellow Jackets.  Page (2) was credited with a save for his two inning stint in relief.

Newberry is back in South Atlantic Conference action tomorrow, March 25th, as the Indians play a doubleheader at Wingate University.  Those games will begin at noon on the campus of Wingate.