GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Fifth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne temporarily staved off elimination with a 13-3 win over eighth-seeded Newberry on Friday at the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament, hosted at Pioneer Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 24-27 and was scheduled to meet the loser of the contest between No. 2 Tusculum and No. 3 Carson-Newman on Saturday. However, due to further rain delays on Saturday and attempts to finish the tournament by Sunday, Lenoir-Rhyne and Presbyterian (the teams in the consolation bracket) were bounced from the tournament this morning.
Newberry finishes its season with a 9-42-1 mark.
John Pugh (Asheboro, N.C.) led Lenoir-Rhyne at the plate, going 2-for-5 with four RBI. Matt Sigmon (Catawba, N.C.) went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Dennis Downey (Waynesville, N.C.) went the distance for the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out nine.
Levi Salters (Vincennes, Ind.) led Newberry with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. He drove in one run.
L-R scored eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Six of the runs came in the second stanza. Five different batters drove in runs for the Bears during the scoring spree.
Newberry plated a run in the bottom of the second when Salters doubled down the left field line to score Matt Webb (Cheraw, S.C.). The Indians also tallied a pair of runs in the seventh to set the score at 9-3. Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) drove in one run with an RBI grounder, and Brandon Manasa (Miami, Fla.) accounted for the other tally with a sacrifice fly.
The Bears collected three more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to stretch their lead to the final score of 13-3. Sigmon and Taylor MacCurdy (Charlotte, N.C.) drove in one run each, and Pugh sent two home with and RBI single up the middle.