March 25, 2005123456789RHE
Win: Eric Brown (2-3) 8.0922113
Loss: Josh Page (0-1) 1.142220
Dean Walker (NEW) 312110
Brandon Gardner (NEW) 302000
Tim Bowman (WU) 413010
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Win: Chad Yow (3-6) 7.093325
Loss: Pete Stuppiello (3-5) 3.196613
Anthony Dillenger (NEW) 312110
T.J. McCord (NEW) 402000
Clark Mullins (NEW) 302100
Tim Bowman (WU) 412200
Shaughn Neal (WU) 312110

Newberry winning streak halted by Wingate as Bulldogs sweep doubleheader
Friday, March 25, 2005

WINGATE, N.C.----The Wingate University baseball team got 15 innings from its starting pitchers and 18 hits from its offense in two South Atlantic Conference baseball wins over Newberry College Friday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium and Plyler Athletic Field on the Wingate campus.

Wingate won the first game 4-2 and the second game 6-3. The Bulldogs are 13-22 overall and 5-6 in the SAC. Newberry is 12-20 overall and 2-9 in the SAC. The two teams will play a single game Saturday to conclude the three-game series. First pitch is slated for 12 noon (please note the new time for Saturday's game).

In only his second and third game in the lead-off position this season, Wingate junior shortstop Tim Bowman (Low Gap, N.C.) was five-for-eight in the two games combined. He had one double, two RBI, two runs scored and four stolen bases.

Wingate junior right-handed pitcher Eric Brown (Hamlet, N.C.) struck out 13 Newberry batters in eight innings to win game one, while junior right-hander Chad Yow (Stanfield, N.C.) notched a complete game to take the nightcap.

Game #1 -- Wingate 4, Newberry 2

Wingate scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and take the win. With one out, Bulldog junior designated hitter Kirk Matthews (East Bend, N.C.) walked. Junior left fielder Ian Martin (Hickory, N.C.) singled to move Matthews to second base.

Matthews scored on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Jay Barnes (Strasburg, Va.). Wingate junior center fielder Bryan Baylis (Pocomoke City, Md.) followed with an RBI single to score Martin with an insurance run.

Tim Bowman was three-for-four with one run scored and four stolen bases to lead the hosts at the plate in game one. Keith Benton was two-for-three with one RBI.

Brown picked up the win for the Bulldogs. Brown added to his league-leading total with 13 strikeouts. He allowed two runs on nine hits. Bulldog senior Matt Trent (Roanoke, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his team-best fifth save.

For Newberry, Walker and sophomore catcher Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.) were both two-for-three. Walker had one RBI, while Gardner contributed a double. Both Newberry and Wingate had nine hits each in game one.

Indian senior reliever Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.) took the loss for the visitors. Page entered in the seventh and pitched 1 1/3 innings. He gave up both runs in the eighth inning, allowing four hits and two walks. Newberry junior left-hander Jared Locke (Inman, S.C.) pitched the first six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out six and walked four.
The Bulldogs struck first with a single spot in the bottom of the third inning. Tim Bowman led off the third inning with an infield single. Bowman stole second and third and scored on an RBI groundout by Keith Benton.

The Indians wasted little time knotting things up, as Newberry tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Walker started the frame with a walk.

Mullins contributed a sacrifice bunt to move Walker to second base. Walker scored three batters later on an RBI single by sophomore second baseman Matt Webb (Cheraw, S.C.).

Wingate took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Keith Benton led off the inning with a single. He moved to second on an error and scored on a two-out RBI double by Matthews.

Newberry tied the game immediately with a run in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Dillenger singled to shortstop. Dillenger stole second and scored on a two-out RBI single by Walker.

Game #2 -- Wingate 6, Newberry 3

The Bulldogs spurted to a 4-0 lead after three innings and held on for the SAC twinbill sweep. Wingate scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The hosts loaded the bases on two hits and a walk.

Bulldog junior shortstop Tim Bowman (Low Gap, N.C.) followed with a two-RBI double. Bowman scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore second baseman Shaughn Neal (Matthews, N.C.).

Wingate added a single run in the third inning on a solo home run by sophomore right fielder Josh Benton (Gold Hill, N.C.). The Mt. Pleasant High School product leads the Bulldogs with three home runs this season.

Newberry cut the Wingate lead in half with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Indian sophomore shortstop Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) started the fourth with a single. One out later, senior designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) singled to put runners at first and second.

Indian junior first baseman Clark Mullins (North Augusta, S.C.) hit an RBI single to score Dillenger and move Walker to third. Walker scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Bruce Johnson (Morehead City, N.C.).

Wingate pushed its advantage to 6-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Bulldog junior first baseman Keith Benton (Wingate, N.C.) had an RBI single in the fourth. In addition, Neal stole home on a double steal.

Newberry scored its final run in the top of the fifth inning. Dillenger stroked a double to right field to score sophomore third baseman Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.), who had singled.

Tim Bowman had another big game for the Bulldogs at the plate. He was two-for-four with a double and two RBIs. Neal was two-for-three with one RBI. Three Newberry hitters had two hits, led by Dillenger. He was two-for-three with a double and one RBI.

Yow picked up the win for the Bulldogs. He pitched his team-leading fourth complete game of the season, striking out five and walking two. He allowed three earned runs on nine hits.

Newberry junior left-hander Pete Stuppiello (Gilbert, S.C.) took the loss for the Indians. He allowed six earned runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. Stuppiello struck out three and walked one. He also hit one Wingate batter.