HARTSVILLE, S.C. � Coker used a nine-run third inning to propel its way to a 15-6 victory over visiting Newberry College Tuesday afternoon in Division II baseball action. The Cobras improve to 19-15 overall, while Newberry drops to 13-22.
Coker held the Newberry bats at bay using seven different pitchers, with no Cobra hurler tossing more than two innings.
Newberry struck in the first inning, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Coker starter Brad Boob (Charlotte, N.C.). Newberry�s Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) doubled, and would later score courtesy of designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.), who also recorded a two-bagger. Coker answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs, started by leadoff singles by Nic Fletcher (Littleton, CO) and Eric Losten (Chesapeake City, Md.).
The Indians battled back to tie the game in the top of the third with the aid of two Cobras errors and an RBI single from T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.). But Coker answered in a big way in their at bat, notching nine runs off of seven hits, while knocking Newberry starter Joe McIsaac (Lancaster, S.C.) out of the game.
McIsaac (1-1) lasted only 2.1 innings, surrendering eight earned runs and walking four batters. Newberry junior Pete Stuppiello (Gilbert, S.C.) came into relief and didn�t fair much better, giving up four earned runs and nine base hits.
The Cobras added one run in the fourth and two more in the seventh, while Newberry scored two in the fourth and one in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Fletcher garnered three hits, three runs scored and an RBI for Coker, while Losten went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Conrad Deese (Pageland, S.C.) drove in three and scored a run, while classmate Ben Kershner (Wellington, Colo.) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.) drove in three runs for the Indians. Dillenger finished with two hits, both doubles, and one RBI. Indian reserve Daniel Till (Lexington, S.C.) hit the only triple of the game in his only at bat.
Coker�s Nick Green (Beaufort, S.C.) earned the win thanks to a two inning stint of no-hit relief with two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Boob started gave up two hits and one earned run in two innings.
Newberry is back in action tomorrow at ninth-ranked Lander University. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.