|March 31, 2007||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Brandon Petty (4-2)||9.0||9||1||1||2||7|
|Loss: Jordan (4-4)||3.2||9||7||7||0||1|
|Nick Martin (NEW)||4||0||4||1||0||0|
|March 31, 2007||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Crowell (7-1)||5.1||6||2||2||1||3|
|Loss: Ernie Castelano (2-3)||2.0||3||3||2||2||2|
|Scott Horvath (NEW)||3||0||2||0||0||0|
HICKORY, N.C. - Junior ace Brandon Petty went the complete nine innings, scattering nine hits and just one run while striking out seven and walking just two batters. The Indians lineup supported Petty's sterling effort with a 13-hit, seven run explosion en route to a 7-1 victory in game one of a doubleheader against Lenoir-Rhyne College on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry fell 4-2 in the second game with Indian starter Ernie Castellano tallying the loss. The Indians are now 9-8 in South Atlantic Conference play and 16-22 overall. The Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne are now 30-10 on the season with a 10-6 record in SAC action. The rubber match will be played Sunday in Hickory, N.C. at Bears Field with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
With a 2-1 lead heading into fourth inning, Newberry hitters began to key in on Bear starter Jesse Jordan the second time through the lineup. Senior first baseman Matthew Webb started things off in the fourth with a single to left. Fellow senior Brandon Gardner then tripled to centerfield to drive in Webb.
Junior Nick Martin promptly singled to right centerfield and scored Gardner. Newberry took a 4-1 lead on a day when Brandon Petty needed just one, but the Indians were not done with the fireworks just yet. After Tyler Manasa bunted Martin over to second, then freshman third baseman Thomas Berryhill reached on an infield hit. A fielder's choice by Scott Horvath retired Martin at third and pushed Berryhill to second.
With two outs, sophomore David Tunstill put the nail in the coffin, smacking a homerun over the wall in left center and capping off a five run inning for the Indians. Playing second base in game one, Tunstill continued is excellent hitting of late. The Melbourne, Fla. native has hit safely in the past seven games and 10 of the last 11. Over that span of 11 games, Tunstill has hit .463 (19-of-41) with a double, three homeruns and 10 runs batted in.
Tunstill's homerun in the fourth was the second of the game for the Indians. Senior designated hitter Ryan Easterby hit is first of the 2007 campaign in the top of the third inning. Easterby's blast to left field turned out to be the game winning run.
Brandon Petty's one run complete game improved the junior's overall record to 4-2 on the season.
All of Newberry's runs came off of Jesse Jordan and all were earned. Jordan finished with 3.2 innings pitched, seven runs allowed, and nine hits while facing 22 batters.
Despite having a 2-0 lead after a two-run single by Brandon Gardner in the top of the second inning, Newberry starter Ernie Castellano lasted just 2.0 innings while allowing three runs on three hits. Junior Stephen Byrd came on in relief to go 4.0 innings, scattering six hits and giving up one run.
The Indians could not dent Bear starter Justin Crowell after the second. The freshman hurler picked up his seventh win of the season, going 5.1 innings allowing just the two runs on Gardner's single.
Freshman rightfielder Scott Horvath went 2-for-3 and Tunstill, Anthony Dillenger, Easterby, Gardner, and Martin each had a hit.