|April 16, 2005||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Russell Haltiwanger (3-2)||6.0||9||2||1||2||8|
|Loss: Jesse Beane (4-5)||3.2||10||6||5||0||2|
|Dean Walker (NEW)||5||2||3||3||0||1|
|Taylor MacCurdy (LRC)||4||2||3||0||1||0|
|April 16, 2005||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Ty Rollins (3-4)||1.2||2||0||0||1||2|
|Loss: Seth Prevette (3-2)||0.0||0||1||1||2||0|
|Dean Walker (NEW)||4||1||3||2||0||0|
|John Pugh (LRC)||5||1||4||0||0||0|
HICKORY, N.C. � The Newberry College Indians were able to turn a nine-game losing streak into a two-game winning streak Saturday, as they swept an afternoon doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne by scores of 7-5 and 7-6, in South Atlantic Conference baseball action. Newberry improves to 17-32 (7-13 SAC) on the season, while Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 26-21 (8-12 SAC).
In the first game, the Indians broke out of an offensive slump to pummel three different Lenoir-Rhyne pitchers for 14 hits, as Newberry defeated the Bears 7-5.
With the win, the Indians snapped a nine-game losing skid, dating back to April 3rd.
Newberry starting pitcher Russell Haltiwanger (Simpsonville, S.C.), making his first start in more than a month after battling an injury, pitched six strong frames for the Indians. Haltiwanger (3-2) scattered nine hits and surrendered only a single earned run in his outing, while fanning eight Lenoir-Rhyne batters.
The Indians would give Haltiwanger an early cushion in second inning, as Newberry took advantage of an acute display of wildness from Lenoir-Rhyne starter Jesse Beane (Collettsville, N.C.). Beane (4-5) hit three Indian batters in the inning, including Newberry second baseman Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) with the bases loaded, as Newberry raced out to a 3-0 lead.
Newberry picked up three runs in the top of the fifth frame, as the Indians took a commanding 6-0 lead. After consecutive two-out base knocks by Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) and T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.), Newberry designated hitter Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) drove both runners home with a single to right. Walker would later score courtesy of a fielding error.
Walker had another outstanding game for the Indians at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
L-R would get one run back in the sixth inning, after a leadoff single from outfielder William Doyle (Delray Beach, Fla.). Doyle advanced from first to third after an errant pickoff attempt from Haltiwanger, and would later score after an RBI single from Jordan Ackley (Walnut Cove, N.C.).
Both Ackley and Doyle went 2-for-4 in the game, with Doyle notching the only RBI between them.
Newberry would extend its lead to 7-1 in the top of the seventh, as Walker jacked a solo home run off of L-R reliever Jason Raines (Mebane, N.C.). It was Walker�s first home run of the season.
Raines came out of the L-R bullpen to pitch 3.1 innings of one-hit relief for the Bears.
It looked like a done deal for the Indians, as Newberry held a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but L-R decided to make a game of it. With two on and none out, L-R catcher Matt Keever (Hickory, N.C.) launched a towering homer off Newberry reliever Patrick Egleston (Columbia, S.C.), to pull L-R within striking distance, 7-5.
Keever was a one-man wrecking crew, going 2-for-4 for the Bears, and knocking in four of L-R�s five runs.
After Keveer�s round-tripper, Egleston was pulled in favor of Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.), who worked a perfect ninth to notch a save and preserve the Newberry win. It was the third save of the season for Page.
L-R�s Taylor MacCurdy (Charlotte, N.C.) went 3-for-4 in the contest with two runs scored. Bear leadoff man John Pugh (Asheboro, N.C.) also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for 5 with a run scored.
Several Indian batters collected more than one hit, including left fielder Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.), who went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Indian leadoff man Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
In the second game of the afternoon, Newberry College used a three-run seventh inning to nullify a four-run Lenoir-Rhyne comeback in the previous frame, to defeat the Bears in dramatic fashion 7-6.
While he did not earn a decision, much of the credit for the win has to go to Newberry starter Will Folk (Charleston, S.C.). Folk, who was called upon to make an emergency start a scant 20 minutes before the nightcap, tossed five complete innings. Folk held the Bears to only three runs, only two of them earned, while fanning two batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne ace Jesse Jordan (Lemon Bay, Fla.) also had a strong outing for the Bears, scattering six hits over 5.2 innings.
L-R drew first blood in their half of the first inning, as MacCurdy led off the frame with a double and would cross home after an RBI single from cleanup hitter Matt Wiley (Charlotte, N.C.), as the Bears took a 1-0 lead.
Wiley was 2-for-4 on the day, with two runs scored and an RBI.
L-R would extend their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Ackley drove home Keever with an RBI single.
The 2-0 lead would not hold however, as Newberry rallied to take the lead in the top of the sixth. After Dillenger reached first base with a one-out single, the Indians loaded the bases for Brandon Brown (Starr, S.C.). Brown tagged a single to center that brought home two runs, leveling the score at two.
Newberry kept the inning going, as Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) hit a two-RBI double down the left field line to put the Indians in front 4-2. Easterby, who was held hitless in the first game, went 2-for-4 in the nightcap.
Not to be upstaged on their home field, L-R staged a rally of their own. After Derek Pugh (Asheboro, N.C.) led off the inning with a single, Folk was replaced with reliever Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.). Crisp allowed three-consecutive base hits as he took the hill, as L-R regained the lead, 5-4. MacCurdy had an RBI single, and Keever sent an RBI-triple to dead center in the inning.
Not resting on their laurels, L-R would add two more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 6-4. The Bears sent nine batters to the dish in the frame.
The Indians roared back in their half of the seventh, as catcher Bruce Johnson (Morehead City, N.C.) led off the inning with a single. After a Kinard single and runners on first and second, L-R sent in Seth Prevette (N. Wilkesboro, N.C.) to close the game out for the Bears.
Prevette proceeded to walk the next two Indian batters, once with the bases loaded, as Newberry closed the gap, 6-5. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Walker again came up big for the Indians, slapping a single through the left side, giving the Indians the 7-6 lead.
L-R tried to put together yet another rally in the bottom of the seventh frame, as leadoff man J. Pugh knocked a single with one out, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Ty Rollins (Columbia, S.C.) was able to strikeout the next batter, bringing the dangerous Keever to the plate.
Head coach Tim Medlin wasted little time in calling Page from the Indian bullpen. Page got Keever to groundout to the shortstop, as Newberry walked away with the hard-fought 7-6 victory.
J. Pugh went 4-for-5 in the second game with a run scored. Newberry�s Walker went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Rollins (3-4) picked up the win for the Indians, while Prevette (3-2) was saddled with the loss.
L-R will try to salvage the series with a win, as these two teams battle yet again at Bears Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.