HARTSVILLE, S.C. � With Newberry runners on second and third and one out in the top of the 10th inning, Newberry�s 7-7 game with Coker was ended in a tie as the ballgame was called due to darkness, giving Newberry their first tie ballgame since 1994.
Newberry (1-4-1) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead behind the offensive prowess of junior Carlos Pupo. Coker (0-1-1) struggled to contain the Indian offensive effort but was able to strike offensively as well.
Pupo finished the game going 2-for-4, notching RBI triples in his first two at bats. Pupo had two runs and 3 RBIs in the game.
After taking a 5-0 lead through the top of the third inning, Coker struck back, scoring four in the bottom of the third to pull within one. Another run in the bottom of the sixth knotted the game at five.
Newberry struck again in the top of the seventh as Brandon Manasa drove in a run off a single to right field and then later was a part of a double steal that had him stealing second as Nick Martin stole home for the second run in the inning. Coker, however, put two runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game again and as darkness fell, the teams headed into extra innings.
Newberry had runners on second and third with one out and designated hitter Ryan Easterby coming to the plate when the umpires called the game on account of darkness, forcing Newberry�s first tie ballgame in 12 years.
Coker hits the road Thursday with a game at Augusta State while Newberry opens up play Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Bob Tewksbury Invitational at St. Leo, Fla. The Indians will face a familiar opponent Friday night as they take on the Wingate Bulldogs. Live internet audio action can be heard as play-by-play announcer Patrick Walsh calls the action from St. Leo.