GAFFNEY, S.C. � Tied at six with two outs in the ninth, Jimmy Bertleson (Miami, Fla.) singled to score what would be the winning run and Chris Rahal (Vero Beach, Fla.) homered with Bertleson aboard to produce the final tally, a 9-6 Newberry College win over Limestone College.
The Indians improve their overall record to 5-11-1 while Limestone falls to 4-6 this season. Newberry has won four of its last six games.
Newberry started the scoring in the top of the first, as Rahal hit a sacrifice fly to send Brandon Manasa (Miami, Fla.) home. Limestone answered the Indians� run in the bottom of the second when junior Paul Irby (Edgemoor, S.C.) recorded an RBI as senior B.J. Bowling (Shelby, N.C.) scored.
The Indians had three runs in the fifth inning off the bat of Gray Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.). With two away and two runners in scoring position, Berryhill blasted his first career homerun. Limestone junior James Edwards (Gaffney, S.C.) sac flied to center field in the sixth for Irby to score. In the next inning, Bowling went up to bat with senior Matt Reel (Marion, S.C.) on second. Bowling hit a double to cut the score to 4-3 with only two innings left to play.
Newberry built up the lead again to 6-3 with two runs in the eighth. Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) hit a triple that allowed Bertelson and Carlos Pupo (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to score. Limestone came back and scored three, with junior Joey Asis (Gastonia, N.C.), Reel, and junior Tyler Midgett (Summerville, S.C.) recording RBIs.
Matt Cote (Orleans, Ind.) picked up his first win of the season for the Indians, while freshman Michael Hill (Spartanburg, S.C.) was credited with the loss.
Newberry will return to action this weekend, facing Presbyterian, Catawba, and Wingate in non-conference action at a Kannapolis, N.C., tournament.