April 09, 2005123456789RHE
Newberry College000003200572
Win: Gary Lee (7-2) 9.0753213
Loss: Jared Locke (1-3) 7.1107634
Lane Strobel (MHC) 524301
Dean Walker (NEW) 403200
April 09, 20051234567RHE
Newberry College0100001251
Win: Calvin Teague (5-3) 7.052113
Loss: Will Folk (5-5) 3.266530
Joe Castagner (MHC) 423301
Anthony Dillenger (NEW) 302000
Nick Martin (NEW) 202100

Mars Hill sweeps Newberry in baseball doubleheader
Saturday, April 9, 2005

NEWBERRY, S.C. � Mars Hill College starters Gary Lee (Chesapeake, Va.) and Calvin Teague (Taylorsville, N.C.) pitched consecutive complete games, as the Lions completed the two-game sweep of host Newberry College by scores of 8-5 and 10-2, Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference baseball action.  With the wins, Mars Hill improves to 22-25 on the season (8-8 SAC), while Newberry falls to 15-29 (5-12 SAC).

A three-run home run in the eighth inning by Lane Strobel (Walkersville, Md.) broke a 5-5 tie to give the Lions an 8-5 victory over the Newberry Indians in game one of the doubleheader. 

Lee (7-2) of Mars Hill went the full nine innings of the first game, scattering seven hits and allowing only three earned runs.  Lee also struck out 13 Indian batters on the afternoon.

The Mars Hill offensive gave Lee plenty of run support early, as the Lions raced out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  The Lions jumped all over Newberry starting pitcher Jared Locke (Inman, S.C.), notching five hits off of the left hander.  Matt Russell (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Chris Lambert (Brevard, N.C.) and Chris Argano all had RBI singles for the Lions in the inning.

While Locke (1-3) struggled in the first inning, the lefty settled in nicely to pitch into the eighth, only allowing five hits after that inning.

Mars Hill would add one more run in their half of the sixth, after a throwing error from Locke allowed Brandon Seger (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) to score all the way from first base, giving the Lions a commanding 5-0 lead.

But Newberry would launch a rally in the bottom of the sixth, as the Indians would send three men across home plate, cutting the Mars Hill lead to 5-3.  After Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) reached on a leadoff double, Indian center fielder Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) knocked Easterby home after a two-bagger of his own.  Not to be outdone, Newberry�s T.J. McCord would rip a double to right field, scoring Kinard.  McCord would score during the next at bat, as designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) hit a single to center field.

Walker had a quite a game at the plate for the Indians in game one, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.  McCord was 2-for-5 in game one, with two doubles and a pair of RBIs. 

The score would remain tied until the eighth inning.  After Locke allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base, he was lifted in favor of reliever Patrick Egleston (Columbia, S.C.).  Strobel only needed to see one pitch from Egleston, as he launched a homer over the left field fence, giving Mars Hill the 8-5 lead.

Lee would pitch two no-hit innings to close the game and preserve the 8-5 Mars Hill victory.
Strobel ate up Newberry pitching all day long, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run.  Mars Hill shortstop Joe Castagner (Bushnell, Fla.) went 2-for-4 in the opening game, while nine-hole hitter Seger went 2-for-4 as well.

In the second game, Mars Hill starter Teague cooled the Newberry bats as the Lions cruised to a 10-2 win over the Indians.

Teague (5-3) pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits and one earned run while fanning three Newberry batters.

Mars Hill again got off to a quick start, as Castagner hit a two-run bomb off of Newberry starter Will Folk (Charleston, S.C.) that gave the Lions the early 2-0 lead.  Castagner had the hot hand in the second game, as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run.

Newberry would answer in their half of the second inning, as Indian first baseman Malcolm McLeod (Chapin, S.C.) would score from third base following a wild pitch by Teague, cutting the Mars Hill lead to 2-1.

But Mars Hill would score four runs over the next two innings to put the game out of reach.  Lion first baseman Matt Carter (Sunrise, Fla.) hit an RBI single in the third scoring Strobel from third, extending the Mars Hill lead to 3-1.  Then in the fourth inning, Mars Hill would use RBI singles from James Dean (Lake Butler, Fla.), Strobel and Castagner to put the Lions in front 6-1.

Mars Hill would add four runs in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.  Newberry was able to pick up a single run in the bottom of the seventh after a Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) sacrifice fly scored Walker from third, but it was too little, too late as Mars Hill walked away with the 10-2 victory and the doubleheader sweep.

Mars Hill catcher Jeff Mayo (Enfield, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple to his credit, while Argano also had a 2-for-4 outing from the plate.  Mars Hill second baseman Chris O�Connor (Monrovia, Md.), who went hitless in the first game of the doubleheader, went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Newberry�s Martin was a perfect 2-for-2 on the day with an RBI, while Indian shortstop Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) went 2-for-3.

Folk (3-5) was credited with the loss for the Indians.

Newberry and Mars Hill will complete their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at historic Kirkland Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.