GREENVILLE, S.C. � Tusculum College scored three runs in three different innings in game one while the Pioneers rallied from a 2-1 deficit in game two to earn the doubleheader sweep over Newberry College on Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. Tusculum won game one by a score of 13-2 and came back in the night cap to win by a score of 5-3.
In game one, Tusculum (19-7, 7-3 SAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Ricky Feliz led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single to right by Carlos Rivera. After Rivera stole second base, Matt Webb would drive him in with a double down the line in left.
The Pioneers put a three-spot up in the second to extend their lead to 5-0. Paul Finger led off with a single to center and later scored on a one-out single by shortstop Aaron Hudgins. Feliz would drive Hudgins in from first with a triple into the gap in right center. Feliz would later score on a groundout by Maikol Gonzalez.
The Indians (8-17, 3-5 SAC) would cut the lead to 5-2 in their half of the second. Ryan Easterby led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on an infield single by Matt Webb. Nick Martin would line a double into right center to bring home Easterby while Anthony Dillenger would provide an RBI groundout to score Webb, cutting the Pioneer lead to three runs.
Tusculum, however, would score seven runs over the next four innings to pull away. In the fifth, Gonzalez singled up the middle and scored on a single by Rivera. Webb would drive Rivera in with a base-hit to center. Mark Deans later singled to right to plate Christian Rosa.
Webb was the leading hitter in game one for Tusculum, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Feliz finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair driven in.
Newberry was led at the plate by Tyler Manasa and Brandon Gardner, who went 2-for-4 and 2-for-3 respectively.
Pioneer starter C.J. Hillyer (4-1) picked up the win, pitching 8.0 innings. The loss was credited to Indian starter Stephen Byrd (4-1).
In game two, after Tusculum scored a single run in their half of the first, Newberry would respond with a two runs in the home half of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Dillenger would lead off the frame via a hit-by-a-pitch. Brandon Mand would reach base safely on a throwing error by Hudgins at shortstop, giving the Indians runners at first and second with nobody out. After Scott Horvath beat out an infield single, David Tunstill would reach on another error by Hudgins to plate Dillenger with the first run of the inning. Martin would draw a two-out walk off of game two starter Kevin Hammons (3-1) to give the Tribe a one-run lead.
The Indians had a great chance to add to their run total in the fifth. Manasa led off with a double. Dillenger then laced a ball over the head of Rivera in center. Rivera would catch the ball over his shoulders to double Manasa off second base and robbing Dillenger of extra bases.
Tusculum would tie the game at 2-2 in their half of the sixth. Rivera reached on a bunt single and advanced to second after Rosa drew a walk off Indian starter Dale Bennett (3-2). After a sacrifice bunt moved both players up a base, Deans would provide a sacrifice fly to center which plated Rivera to notch the game at 2-2.
The Pioneers would breakthrough in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead. Aaron Porter was hit-by-a-pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Newberry elected to intentionally walk Rivera, Gonzalez would lift a three-run homerun to left, giving Tusculum a three-run lead.
Newberry made a run for it in the seventh. Casey Faulkenberry drew a two-out walk and Manasa beat out an infield single. After Dillenger reached after being hit-by-a-pitch, Faulkenberry would score on a passed ball to make it a 5-3 game. However, reliever Mat Galens got Mand to ground out to Hudgins at shortstop to end the game.
Rivera finished game two with a 3-for-4 performance. Horvath went 2-for-3 for the Indians while Manasa finished 2-for-3.
Bennett picked up the tough loss, working six innings. Hammons pitched 6.2 innings, striking out seven. Galens earned his third save of the season for the Pioneers.
The two teams will wrap-up their three-game series with an afternoon matinee on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.