|March 20, 2006||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|West Virginia State||0||6||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||9||12||0|
|Win: Zachary Baldwin (4-0)||5.0||4||2||2||2||5|
|Loss: Jayme Thomas (0-2)||1.1||5||6||6||2||1|
|Joshua Miller (WVSTATE)||3||1||3||2||2||0|
|Brandon Gardner (NEW)||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|Gray Berryhill (NEW)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Ryan Easterby (NEW)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Levi Salters (NEW)||4||1||1||1||0||1|
|Chris Rahal (NEW)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
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.