March 20, 2006123456789RHE
West Virginia State0610000209120
Win: Zachary Baldwin (4-0) 5.042225
Loss: Jayme Thomas (0-2) 1.156621
Joshua Miller (WVSTATE) 313220
Brandon Gardner (NEW) 401100
Gray Berryhill (NEW) 301000
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 401000
Levi Salters (NEW) 411101
Chris Rahal (NEW) 301000

Indians succumb to #6 West Virginia State, 9-2
Monday, March 20, 2006

NEWBERRY, S.C. � Sixth-ranked West Virginia State University jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings, and went on to defeat Newberry College, 9-2, Monday afternoon at the Newberry High School baseball field.  The Yellowjackets improve to 14-2 on the season, while the Indians move to 6-25-1 on the year.

State got things going in the second, as six of the first seven Yellowjackets reached base, chasing Newberry starter Jayme Thomas (Clinton, S.C.) from the mound.  Boo Hager (Belfry, Ky.) hit a bases-loaded triple down the third base line to open the scoring.  Ryan Taylor (Morgantown, W.Va.) followed that with a RBI double.  Jeff Miller (Pinegrove, Pa.) and Josh Miller (Cottageville, W.Va.) knocked in a run each with singles to the outfield.  State added its seventh run in the third off a pair of wild pitches from Indian Jared Locke (Inman, S.C.).

Newberry answered back with runs in the third and fourth.  Tyler Manasa (Miami, Fla.) walked, moved to second on Brandon Manasa�s groundout, and stole third.  Catcher Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.) drove the younger Manasa in.  Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) walked, and Dillenger and Gardner executed a double steal to threaten once again, but West Virginia State escaped without further damage.

In the fourth, Levi Salters (Vincennes, Ind.) took the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a two-out solo homerun to draw Newberry to within five runs at 7-2.  State�s Brandon Halstead (Charleston, W.Va.) drove in Taylor and Josh Miller scored Jeff Miller to add the final two runs in the top half of the eighth inning.

Zach Baldwin (Barboursville, W.Va.) improved his record to 4-0, getting the win for State.  Newberry�s Thomas (0-2) took the loss, yielding six runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.  Locke and reliever Travis Howard (Columbia, S.C.) pitched effectively, getting five and three strikeouts, respectively.  WVSU�s Travis McGrath (Hurricane, W.Va.) earned his second save of the season with four effective innings of relief.

The two teams will meet again Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Newberry High baseball field.  In the meanwhile, West Virginia State will play Presbyterian on Tuesday and Wednesday on its spring break swing through South Carolina.