MIAMI SHORES, Fla. � On the strength of a three-run fourth inning and a solid pitching performance by Brandon Petty, Newberry College snapped their seven-game losing streak by defeating Barry University 4-3 on Wednesday evening at Feinbloom Field. With the victory, the Indians take the season series from the Buccaneers three games to two.
Newberry (8-15) would crack the scoreboard in the first inning. Anthony Dillenger drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single through the right side by Tyler Manasa. With runners at first and third and nobody out, Manasa was thrown out trying to steal second base, allowing Dillenger to cross home plate to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Barry (0-0) would take the lead at 2-1 in their half of the second inning. Orestes Gonzalez led off with a solo homerun while Nick Shaw would later double home a run to give the Buccaneers a one-run lead.
In the Indian fourth, David Tunstill drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Chase Bailey. After both players executed a double steal to move into scoring position, Nick Martin would drive in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double into the gap in right-center.
In the Buccaneer eighth, Gabriel Casanova doubled down the line in left and Danny Marquez followed with a single to put runners at the corners with one out. Head Coach Bob Rikeman made the call to the Indian bullpen and brought in reliever Dale Bennett. Brian Martinez would lift a fly ball to right to score Casanova to make it a one-run game. With Marquez at second base and two outs in the inning, Bennett got Shaw to ground out to Dillenger at shortstop to end the rally.
Barry would go down in their half of the ninth in order as the Indians escaped with the victory.
Martin led the hit attack for Newberry, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. The Indians on the evening stole a whopping seven bases.
Marquez led Barry in batting with a 3-for-3 performance.
Petty (1-2) picked up the tough victory, working 7.1 innings while striking out three batters. Bennett pitched a total of 1.2 innings and struck out two batters to record his first save of his collegiate career.
The loss was credited to Barry starting pitcher Brian Milanes (0-2) worked 4.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on the evening.
Newberry will face Tusculum College in a South Atlantic Conference three-game series this weekend at Municipal Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The doubleheader will begin on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. while the series will wrap up with a Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.