AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta State senior shortstop Bennett Mayfield slapped a two-run triple in the seventh inning as the Diamond Jaguars rallied to defeat Newberry 4-1 in non-conference action Tuesday at Jaguar Field.
Junior lefthander Jon Hansen evened his record at 1-1 on the season, striking out three batters in three innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory. Junior righty Ryan Emmett worked the last two innings, striking out two and not allowing a hit to pick up his second save.
Senior lefthander David Beumel got the start for the Diamond Jags and pitched four quality innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out three and not walking a batter. ASU�s three pitchers allowed just three hits in the contest and combined for eight strikeouts against only one walk.
Newberry�s Jared Locke took the loss in relief of starter Danny Bertelson. Locke entered in the seventh and only recorded one out, allowing three runs and a hit with two walks and one strikeout. Travis Howard pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Indians, recording a strikeout and a walk. Bertelson went six innings, yielding four hits and one earned run with three strikeouts.
Newberry (1-9-1) took advantage of Beumel�s fielding error to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After Beumel plunked Gray Berryhill with a pitch, Jimmy Bertelson hit a comebacker that Beumel mishandled. After a strikeout, designated hitter Gary Hersey slapped an RBI-single to rightfield to plate Berryhill.
The Diamond Jags (2-3) answered in the bottom half of the frame when junior centerfielder Kevin Kelley launched a solo home run -- the team�s first longball of the season -- over the right-centerfield fence.
ASU scored three in the seventh to break the 1-all tie. Senior leftfielder Chris Demons reached on a leadoff walk and an error on Jorge Virguez�s sacrifice bunt put runners at first and second. Demons stole third before senior shortstop Bennett Mayfield, playing his first game of the season after being sidelined by a shoulder injury, tripled over rightfielder Carlos Pupo�s head to plate Demons and Virguez. After Alan Gregg and Robbie Fite walked, Dustin Taylor�s groundball to second was misplayed, chasing Mayfield home with the game�s final run.
Kelley was the only player with more than one hit for either team.
Newberry will travel to Anderson College for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Those teams will then play a doubleheader at Newberry High School the following day at 1 o'clock for the Indians' home opener.