GAFFNEY, S.C. � The Limestone College baseball team evened the season series with a win over Newberry College Tuesday afternoon at Bob Prevatte Field. Limestone (4-7) had two six-run innings and six runs over its last two at-bats to put away the Indians, 18-6. Newberry falls to 6-14-1.
Limestone is 1-1 against the Indians this season, as the Saints lost to the same team, 9-6, on February 22.
After going down 6-0 after an inning, Newberry picked up a run in the second, fourth, and fifth. With the bases loaded in the second, Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) was hit by a pitch to score Chris Rahal (Vero Beach, Fla.), who reached on a leadoff single. Webb cashed in again in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to center to score Joel Keefe (Andover, Mass.). Keefe started the inning with a double and was 2-for-3 on the day with a walk.
Brandon Manasa (Miami, Fla.) and Jimmy Bertelson (Miami, Fla.) both doubled in the fifth, Manasa coming home on Bertelson's hit to draw Newberry as close as 6-3. However, Limestone would pull away in the sixth with three singles, three doubles and a walk to score six runs.
Entering the ninth down 18-3, the Indians did not give up. Head coach Bob Rikeman looked to his reserves for answers, and they produced. Anthony Orr (Lantana, Fla.) smacked a double to score two baserunners, and came home himself on Gary Hersey's (Key West, Fla.) two-out single. Limestone, concerned enough to make a pitching change, eventually got the third out and the win.
For Newberry, Webb and Orr had two RBIs each. Pitcher Will Folk (Charleston, S.C.) picked up the loss for a 1-1 record this season.
Pitcher Jamie Langford (Beaufort, S.C.) recorded his second win of the spring to bring his record to 2-1. Daniel Phillips (Gaffney, S.C.), Josh Cochran (Goose Creek, S.C.), and Kevin Pucetas (Spartanburg, S.C.) also pitched.
Matt Reel (Marion, S.C.) had five RBIs for the game and a home run, while Joey Asis (Gastonia, N.C.) and Rob Bouknight (Leesville, S.C.) hit home runs as well. Ian Martin (Hickory, N.C.) had 3 RBIs, while Daniel Lydon (White Plains, Md.) and Bouknight had two.
Newberry travels to USC Upstate tomorrow, the same place where it opened the season exactly a month ago and where Bob Rikeman earned his first victory as skipper of the Indians.