|March 29, 2006||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Emmett (1-1)||2.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Loss: Gary Hersey (0-0)||3.1||6||6||5||0||4|
|Carlos Pupo (NEW)||4||2||2||1||0||1|
|Gary Hersey (NEW)||6||1||2||2||0||0|
|Casey Faulkenberry (NEW)||3||2||2||0||1||0|
AUGUSTA, Ga. � The Newberry College bats were lively Wednesday afternoon at Jaguar Field, producing nine runs on ten hits, but a pair of Augusta State grand slams were too much to overcome as ASU prevailed, 13-9, in a contest that was played as a home game for the Indians.
ASU (11-21) jumped out to an early lead when cleanup hitter Justin Walker stepped up to the plate for his first at bat with the bases loaded and knocked a grand slam over the left field fence. The homer was the second of the season for Walker. The Newberry offense came alive in the second when Carlos Pupo (Boynton Beach, Fla.) scored on a bases-loaded walk, and two Indians crossed the plate on a single to center from Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.). Newberry (7-30-1) claimed the lead in the third when the team gained one run on a Pupo leadoff homer and two more on a left field error.
The Jags responded in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Walker that plated Jorge Virguez, and two more runs were scored in the sixth when Micah Hollis, Jimmy Tenerovich and Kevin Kelley each claimed hits to tie the game 6-6.
The Indians broke the tie quickly in the bottom of the inning when Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) scored on a Curt Marshall (Rock Hill, S.C.) double to take the lead 7-6.
The game was finally decided in the top of eighth when the Jags� offense exploded for six runs. Hollis scored Robbie Fite on a double to left and then got to the plate himself on an error at third that loaded the bases for Chris Demons. Demons sent a bomb over the right field fence to give ASU its second grand slam of the day and a 13-7 lead.
Newberry put together a rally in the bottom of the ninth, with Hersey pushing two across home plate on a two-out, bases-loaded single. His would be the final hit of the game, as ASU's Hollis ended the threat by taking the next ball put into play and tagging third to force out the runner.
The win went to Ben Dukes, who pitched 3.1 innings of relief for starter David Beumel. Dukes (4-0) allowed only one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Hersey, who moved from third to replace starter Nick Loden, picked up the loss.
Each team had three players with multiple hits, Pupo, Hersey, and Casey Faulkenberry (Camden, S.C.) picking up the honors for the Indians. ASU had a total of 11 hits on the day, and Newberry had 10.
Newberry gets back into South Atlantic Conference play Saturday, traveling to Clinton to face Presbyterian at noon in the first game of the weekend series. The teams will play a seven-inning game for the nightcap, and then resume the action Sunday at 1.