February 03, 2007123456789RHE
Tusculum Pioneers00123203213150
Newberry College001001000271
Win: Raymond Ruggles (1-0) 6.262216
Loss: Brandon Petty (0-1) 4.053326
Maikol Gonzalez (TC) 414310
Brandon Gardner (NEW) 402100
David Tunstill (NEW) 402100
Anthony Dillenger (NEW) 212020

#25 Tusculum tops Newberry in first game of season
Saturday, February 3, 2007

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Tusculum College junior shortstop Maikol Gonzalez (Maraca Ibo, Venezuela) was four-for-four with a double and three RBI as the #25 Pioneers defeated Newberry College 13-2 in the South Atlantic Conference Pre-Season Clash Saturday afternoon at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. The contest was the season opener for both teams.

Tusculum junior center fielder Carlos Rivera (Leesburg, Va.) was three-for-five with a triple and four RBI for the victors, who scored 13 runs on 15 hits. Pioneer junior right-hander Raymond Ruggles (Newport, Tenn.) was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work. Ruggles struck out six and walked one.

Both teams scored one run each in the third inning. In the top of the third frame, Gonzalez plated a TC run with an RBI double. In the Newberry half of the third, Indian senior shortstop Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.) led off with a double. He scored on an RBI single by senior catcher Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, S.C.).
Tusculum took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. TC right fielder Matt Webb (Duluth, Ga.) plated a run with a double, while sophomore third baseman Aaron Hudgins (Kingsport, Tenn.) knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Dillenger, Gardner and junior infielder David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) had two hits each for Newberry. Indian junior pitcher Brandon Petty (Melbourne, Fla.) took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings pitched. Petty struck out six and walked two. Travis Howard (Columbia, S.C.) was the only Newberry pitcher not to allow a run, giving up a hit in one inning of work.

Thanks to Wingate University Sports Information for the compliation of this article.