NEWBERRY, S.C. � Seniors Josh Page (Columbia, S.C.) and Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) ended their Indian careers on a high note, while the latter walked away with a piece of the record books, as Newberry College pounded Augusta State University 15-3 in Division II baseball action Tuesday evening. Newberry concludes its regular season with an 18-33 overall record, while Augusta State falls to 28-21.
Walker hit his 46th career double against the Jaguars, surpassing the previous record held by former Indian great Brian Jones. Walker was 3-for-6 in the contest with four RBI.
Augusta State seemed poised to run away with the game in the first inning, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Newberry starter Joe McIsaac (Lancaster, S.C.). Augusta State third baseman Garrick McGrath (Marietta, Ga.) hit a two-RBI single in the inning. McGrath went 2-for-4 in the game.
But Newberry would answer right back in their half of that inning, moving three runs across the plate to take a 3-2 lead. Walker collected his first of four RBI in the inning, as would Indian first baseman Malcolm McLeod (Chapin, S.C.). McLeod tallied three hits in two plate appearances, while matching Walker�s RBI output with four.
After struggling in the first frame, McIsaac (2-2) settled in to pitch a masterpiece for the Indians. McIsaac lasted eight complete innings, scattering seven hits while fanning four Jaguar batters.
The rout was on, as the Newberry bats exploded for 12 runs after the opening frame. Newberry�s leadoff man Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) had a well-rounded offensive night, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs, and a stolen base. Nine-hole hitter Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) also feasted on Augusta State pitching, going 2-for-4 with a triple, while crossing the plate three times.
The night�s only home run was hit by an Indian, as freshman catcher Bruce Johnson (Morehead City, N.C.) recorded his first collegiate round-tripper in the fifth inning. Johnson was 2-for-5, with three RBI.
Despite several Indians having career offensive and defensive nights, the game belonged to Walker. In the Newberry seventh, with runners at second and third, Walker strolled to the plate still in search of a double to set the record. On a 2-2 count, Walker sent a pitch from Augusta State reliever Brett Chandler (Douglasville, Ga.) down the right field line, scoring both runners and giving him a place in the Newberry record books.
Page, the only other senior for the Indians, came in the ballgame in the ninth inning. After surrendering a leadoff double to pinch hitter Justin Vorherr (Snellville, Ga.), Page retired the next three Jaguar batters to preserve the Newberry victory.
Augusta State starter Preston Crews (Appling, Ga.) took the loss.
Next up for the Indians is the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament. Newberry will face Tusculum College on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.