GREENVILLE, S.C. � The Newberry College baseball program picked up it�s 12th win of the 2007 season with a 9-3 victory over visiting West Virginia State University at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, S.C. on Monday evening. West Virginia fell to 14-6 on the season.
Newberry (12-18) burst into the scoring column in the bottom of the second inning, posting five-run inning, capitalizing on Yellow Jacket mistakes.
With one out, Thomas Berryhill reached on an error by West Virginia State right-fielder Josh Koepsel. Then a Matt Awtrey single moved Berryhill to second. With junior rightfielder Chad Perschbacher at the plate, Berryhill and Awtrey pulled off a double steal.
Perschbacher singled up the middle to knock in both runners. After a bunt single from Nicholas Young, centerfielder Tyler Manasa doubled down the leftfield line to score Perschbacher and Young.
Manasa then stole third. Catcher Jose Rosa reached on a throwing error by Nathan Koepsel that plated Manasa from third. All five runs scored by Newberry were unearned.
West Virgina State retaliated with three runs off of Newberry starter Ernie Castellano in the top of the third. A triple by Brandon Halstead drove in one run and the Yellow Jackets scored on an error and a wild pitch for the other two in the inning.
The Indians added one in the fourth on the strength on a Scott Horvath infield single. The freshman from Apopka, Fla. struck again in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homerun. Horvath�s first homerun of his collegiate career gave Newberry a 9-3 lead and put him in a three way tie for first on the team.
Newberry also scored a run earlier in the sixth when Young scored on a Jose Rosa single to left. Young got on base with his third bunt single of the evening.
Young and Horvath combined for six hits. Horvath drove in three runs and Young scored three.
The scarlet and gray next take the field on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Greenville Municipal