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Loss: Cody Branton (1-2) 0.222210
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Indians tame Lions twice on Saturday and sweep series 3-0
Saturday, February 17, 2007

GREENVILLE, S.C. � The Newberry College baseball team completed the sweep of Mars Hill College with two more wins in the last at-bat to improve to 5-6 and 3-0 in South Atlantic Conference play. Mars Hill falls to 3-11 overall and 0-3 in the SAC.

In game one of the double-header, Newberry College came from behind for the third consecutive game for a thrilling 5-4 win.

After Mars Hill went up by one run in the top of the eighth on first baseman Danny Miller�s single to center field, Newberry rallied in the bottom half of the ninth.

Mars Hill head coach Dan Taylor brought in junior right-hander Cody Branton to protect the one-run lead. Sophomore right-fielder Brandon Mand jump-started the rally with a one out single. Pinch-hitter Matt Awtrey followed with a walk.

Head coach Bob Rikeman then subbed in speedster Casey Faulkenberry for Awtrey at first base and freshman Scott Horvath came in to pinch-hit.

The freshman from Apopka, Fla. responded with a high chopper over the middle on a drawn in infield plating Mand, who had advanced to third on a wild pitch. With the game now tied, a bizarre set of events unfolded to propel the Indians to victory.

Newberry base runner Casey Faulkenberry had stolen a base during the Horvath at-bat and occupied third with Horvath at first.

With Nick Martin at the plate with only one out, the left-fielder tried an attempted safety squeeze play but popped it up. Mars Hill catcher Marc Wassum made a diving bid to catch the pop-up, but the ball hit grass.

Then, Wassum jumped up and fired a throw to first, retiring Martin but a tag was never applied to Horvath who was returning to first. But while the throw to first was made, Faulkenberry raced home and scored the game winning run for the Indians.

For the scarlet and gray, designated hitter David Tunstill was 3-for-4 in the first game. Nick Martin had a pair of RBI�s and Brandon Mand went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Starter Thomas Berryhill went 3.0 innings in his third start of the season. The freshman from Aynor allowed four hits and three runs while striking out two.

Freshman Dale Bennett picked up his second win in a row, pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings.

For Mars Hill, Branton was charged with the loss. Starter Justin Hall went s 6.0 innings giving up six hits and three runs, two were earned.

In the second game of the Saturday twin bill, the Indians continued recent trends with a third consecutive come from behind triumph in the last at-bat.

Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians started a two-run inning with a Nick Martin walk. Then the junior from Morehead City, N.C. took second on a wild pitch from Cody Branton, game one�s losing pitcher.  

Then David Tunstill reached on a fielder�s choice while Martin came home on a throwing error by the Mars Hill shortstop. Tunstill also advanced to second.

Faulkenberry was substituted for Tunstill at second as a pinch-runner. After a Ryan Easterby line out, Matt Webb singled through the left side scoring Faulkenberry and tying the game at 2-2.

After pitching superbly in 5.2 innings, Stephen Byrd ran into some trouble with one out and runners on the corners. Rikeman went to Bennett again in the final inning. The freshman induced an easy grounder to the shortstop Anthony Dillenger who tossed it to second baseman Kris Garcia for a force out.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nicholas Young struck out at the hands of new Lion pitcher Joseph Keel, but the ball got away from Mars Hill catcher Marc Wassum and Young broke for first. Wassum�s throw sailed high over Danny Miller�s head and Young kicked in the burners, getting all the way to third.

Then with Chris Rahal at the plate, Keel sent a pitch to the back stop and Young bolted for home, scoring without a throw.

For Newberry, Chaz Kenley started the game, but only went 1.0 inning before Byrd took over. Bennett recorded his third win of the season and second of the day.

For the Lions, Branton went 6.0 innings allowing four hits and two runs, neither earned.

Newberry College goes on the road next, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C. for a 4 p.m. start against the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.