|April 17, 2005||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Dennis Downey (6-3)||7.0||6||4||4||4||6|
|Loss: Matt Awtrey (0-2)||1.0||5||6||4||2||0|
|Anthony Dillenger (NEW)||4||2||2||1||1||0|
|Dean Walker (NEW)||3||0||2||2||2||0|
|Matt Keever (LRC)||5||1||4||2||0||0|
|Derek Pugh (LRC)||5||4||4||0||0||0|
Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne College Baseball Team (27-21, 9-12) defeated Newberry College (17-33, 7-14), 11-5, Sunday afternoon in its home finale to salvage the third and final contest of a South Atlantic Conference series with the Indians. Senior catcher Matt Keever (Hickory, N.C./High Point University), who finished with a game-high four hits and two runs batted in, tied a school record with most hits in a single season with 83. Craig Sizemore also accomplished the feat in 2001.
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning and led 6-1 after two innings.
Newberry plated two in the top of the sixth inning to remain within striking distance at 7-3 but Lenoir-Rhyne broke the contest open with three runs in the bottom of the frame. The Bears were aided by two Indian errors and sophomore shortstop Taylor MacCurdy (Charlotte, N.C./Providence HS) and Keever each connected on run-scoring singles in the frame as L-R pushed the margin to seven (10-3).
In all, the Indians committed five errors on the afternoon that led to six unearned Bear runs.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the league's top hitting team, tallied 16 base hits for the contest as sophomore second baseman Derek Pugh (Asheboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) matched Keever with four hits and scored four runs. MacCurdy and sophomore first baseman Jordan Ackley (Walnut Cove, N.C./South Stokes HS) both totaled two hits and two runs batted in for the Bears.
Senior Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) led Newberry with two hits and two RBI. Walker hit .667 over the three game series.
Sophomore Dennis Downey (Waynesville, N.C./Tuscola HS) improved to 6-3 with the win after working seven innings and striking out six while Matthew Awtrey (Columbia, S.C.) fell to 0-2 with the loss.
The game was also Senior Day for the Bears as the squad honored four players who were playing their last game at home: third baseman Ronnie Davis (Barnwell, S.C./S.C.-Aiken), pitcher Steven Ferguson (Wilkesboro, N.C./Chase HS), Keever and pitcher Jason Raines (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance HS).
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2005 Food Lion/SAC Baseball Tournament beginning Thursday at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tenn., on the campus of Tusculum College while Newberry hosts Augusta State Tuesday at 6 p.m.