March 11, 2007123456789RHE
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Newberry College00000003X392
Win: Brandon Petty (2-2) 9.031127
Loss: Raymond Ruggles (3-3) 7.272001
Ricky Feliz (TC) 401000
Christian Rosa (TC) 411000
Mark Deans (TC) 301100
Brandon Gardner (NEW) 403100

Petty Leads Indians Past Pioneers
Sunday, March 11, 2007

GREENVILLE, S.C. � Newberry College scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the lead while Brandon Petty went the distance as the Indians defeated Tusculum College 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

Petty (2-2) was nearly flawless on the afternoon.  The junior hurler faced the minimum through the first four innings and finished the game allowing only one run while striking out seven Pioneer batters.

Tusculum (19-8, 7-4 SAC) would break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning to go up 1-0.  Christian Rosa led off with a single to right to break up Petty�s no-hitter.  Mark Deans would later drive Rosa in with a triple down the line in right get the Pioneers on the scoreboard.

The score stayed that way until the Newberry (9-17, 4-5 SAC) eighth.  Scott Horvath reached on a fielding error by Tusculum shortstop Aaron Hudgins and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by David Tunstill.  With two outs and a 2-2 count, first baseman Clark Mullins wrapped a double into the gap in right-center off Tusculum starter Raymond Ruggles (3-3) to plate Horvath and tie the game at 1-1.  Pinch-hitter Matt Awtrey stepped up and slapped a sharp single up the middle to score pinch-runner Nick Young to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.  Newberry would add an insurance run when Brandon Gardner singled to center to score pinch-runner Adam Spadafora with the third run of the frame.

In the Pioneer ninth, Ricky Feliz led off with single to left.  However, Petty beared down and retired the next three batters to earn the complete-game victory.

Gardner led in batting for Newberry, finishing 3-for-4 with a run driven in.  Kris Garcia had a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance.

The Indians will hit the field this Friday to begin a three-game series against arch-rival Presbyterian College at Municipal Stadium.  A single-game is set for Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. while the two teams will wrap-up with a afternoon doubleheader on Saturday, March 17.  The first for game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.