GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Newberry got on the scoreboard early, jumping ahead 4-0, but Tusculum rallied for a 9-4 victory to close out the weekend series Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers (13-6-1, 3-0 SAC) complete the three-game South Atlantic Conference sweep of the Indians (6-18-1, 0-3 SAC) and increase its winning streak to five in a row.
The Indians manufactured a run in the first inning as Joel Keefe (Andover, Mass.) singled on the first pitch of the game and later scored on Jimmy Bertelson's (Miami, Fla.) fly ball for a 1-0 Newberry lead. Newberry added two more tallies in the third inning as Keefe came through with a RBI a single and he would score for a second time when he was doubled home by Bertelson.
Newberry made it a four-run lead in the next inning as Carlos Pupo (Boynton Beach, Fla.) legged out an infield single and moved to third on a failed pick off attempt. He would cross the plate on Anthony Orr's (Lantana, Fla.) single through the left side.
Tusculum cut the deficit to one with a three-run fourth inning as Matt Riggs led off with a triple and scored on Greg Stotser's RBI single up the middle. Two more runs would score coming off the bats of Kenny Reed and Tyler Mayfield. TC tied the game in the fifth inning as Tim Brown led off with a hit, stole second and scored on Riggs' single.
TC would take the lead in the seventh with three runs on three hits. Brown came up with a one-out bunt single and scored on Skip Talarek's triple. After Riggs hit a liner for the second out of the inning, Stotser crushed a shot down the left field line for his second home run of the series and sixth of the year. Two more TC runs would prove to be the final margin.
Newberry's Keefe provided the hot bat for the Indians as he went 3-for-4, including his fifth double of the season.
TC pitcher Brandon Dickson came on in relief and tossed 3.2 innings without allowing a run or a hit as he fanned one to improve to 2-1 on the season. Newberry reliever Matt Cote suffered the loss as his record goes to 3-3.
Newberry will play its next game following spring break at Carson-Newman on Saturday. The Indians will take on the Eagles in a Saturday conference doubleheader beginning at noon, followed by a Sunday contest at 1.