April 10, 2005123456789RHE
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Win: Nathan Fritz (3-4) 7.084413
Loss: Joel Crisp (1-5) 3.088720
Chris O'Connor (MHC) 623300
Lane Strobel (MHC) 633100
Joe Castagner (MHC) 503200
Jamall Kinard (NEW) 513101
T.J. McCord (NEW) 523000
Dean Walker (NEW) 403110

Mars Hill completes weekend sweep of Newberry with 12-5 win
Sunday, April 10, 2005

NEWBERRY, S.C. � The bats of Mars Hill remained hot on Sunday afternoon, as the Lions completed a three-game sweep of the Newberry Indians, notching a 12-5 victory in South Atlantic Conference baseball action.  With the win, the Lions improve to 23-25 (9-8 SAC), while Newberry falls to 15-30 (5-13 SAC).

Mars Hill outfielder Lane Strobel (Walkersville, Md.) was a home run short of the cycle, going 3-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored. 

The Lions also received their third consecutive strong starting pitching performance, as Nathan Fritz (Kingsport, Tenn.) pitched into the eighth inning, scattering four hits and striking out four Indian batters during his outing.

Mars Hill jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Strobel scored courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Matt Carter (Sunrise, Fla.).  The Lions would extend their lead in the third inning after an RBI single from Strobel, and an RBI triple from Carter gave Mars Hill a 3-0 advantage.

But the Lions would put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as Mars Hill crossed five runners across the dish, taking an insurmountable 8-0 lead.  Mars Hill leadoff man Chris O�Connor (Monrovia, Md.) knocked a two-RBI single in the inning, and shortstop Joe Castagner (Bushnell, Fla.) notched an RBI double.

O�Connor was 3-for-6, with three RBIs and a couple of runs scored.  Castagner continued his torrid pace, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  Castagner feasted on Newberry pitching all weekend, going 8-for-13 over the three games, with five RBIs and a home run. 

Newberry�s starting pitcher Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) only lasted three complete innings, surrendering eight hits and seven earned runs.  Crisp (1-5) took the loss for the Indians.

The Indians would not score until the bottom of the fifth inning, as Newberry leadoff man Jamall Kinard jacked a solo home run to cut the Mars Hill lead to 8-1.  Kinard had a terrific day at the plate, going 3-for-5 and finishing a triple away from hitting for the cycle.

Newberry would collect three runs after the sixth inning, but Mars Hill would score a single run in each of their last four frames as they stole another game at Kirkland Field, 12-5.

Indian designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) had his second consecutive big game from the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Right fielder T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.) went 3-for-5 on the day, and accounted for two of Newberry�s five runs scored.

While Newberry�s starting pitching was less than stellar on Sunday, relievers Ty Rollins (Columbia, S.C.) and Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.) combined to pitch an effective six innings, with each pitcher recording six strikeouts.

Newberry returns to Kirkland Field this Thursday, April 14th, as the Indians host Claflin College.  First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.