GREENVILLE, S.C. � Newberry College defeated #23-ranked Augusta State 3-1 at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, S.C. on Tuesday night.
Augusta State (21-10) roughed up Newberry starter Stephen Byrd in the first inning with one run off three hits. Jaguar rightfielder Tyler Marzofka sent a line drive to left field that went past a diving Nick Martin. The double scored Kevin Kelly and gave Augusta State a 1-0 lead.
The Indians (15-20) answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own. After Tyler Manasa was hit by a pitch, Nicholas Young reached on an error that forced out Manasa. A Scott Horvath chopper advanced Young to second with two outs.
Sophomore cleanup hitter David Tunstill poked a ground ball through the right side and the speedy Young scored from second and tied the game.
Newberry took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Brandon Gardner hit a one out chopper to Jaguar second baseman Tony Baker with the bases loaded. David Tunstill came in to score, but Baker made a fantastic play with a nice stab and no-look flip to the shortstop Mayfield to get a force out at second.
The Indians tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth on a Scott Horvath double down the left field line. After Thomas Berryhill led off the inning with a single to right, Manasa bunted the freshman over to second. Young struck out swinging, but Horvath ripped a 1-2 pitch past a sprawling Clay Haynes at third base for an RBI.
Byrd pitched eight innings allowing just seven hits and one run. The junior from Vero Beach, Fla. threw 114 pitches, 79 of which were strikes, for his seventh win of the season.
Tunstill moved from second base to the mound for the ninth inning. In his second appearance of the year, the sophomore right-hander struck out one and recorded his first save as an Indian.
For Augusta State, Ryan Marzofka went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in the Jaguars only run of the game.
Jaguar starter Kyle Payne went 4.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three.
The Indians face Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. on Wednesday