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Win: Brandon Petty (5-2) 9.041036
Loss: Zach Gray (4-4) 2.034022
Ryan Easterby (NEW) 414110
TeWayne Willis (LMU) 411000
Tommy Casto (LMU) 401000
Dustin Rowland (LMU) 401000
J. R. Roden (LMU) 301000
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Win: Joe Workman (4-2) 2.243313
Loss: Stephen Byrd (7-2) 3.153321
Scott Horvath (NEW) 403100
Dustin Rowland (LMU) 222120
Mike Richardson (LMU) 412100
Sergio Baez (LMU) 422301
Casey Sedley (LMU) 312411

Newberry splits with Lincoln Memorial, Rikeman wins 400th game of career
Saturday, April 7, 2007

HARROGATE, Tenn. - Newberry baseball head coach Bob Rikeman picked up the 400th win of his career as the Indians split a two-game series with the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial on Friday and Saturday. The scarlet and gray recieved an outstanding complete game performance from junior ace Brandon Petty that spanned over two days. After three innings on Friday evening, game one was halted due to snow and Newberry (17-25, 10-10 SAC) and Lincoln Memorial (27-18, 7-12 SAC) resumed play on Saturday. The Indians came away with a 6-1 victory in game one, but fell in a wild affair in game two, 9-8.

Game One
Down 1-0 heading into the top of the fourth, the Indian's bats caught fire on a chilly Friday night in Harrogate in the top of the second. Consecutive singles by senior Ryan Easterby and freshman Thomas Berryhill led off the inning. Then, Matthew Webb reached on a throwing error by Railsplitter pitcher Zach Gray that plated Easterby from second and Berryhill from first. Webb was trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

An Anthony Dillenger walk sandwiched between two strikeouts put two men on with two outs. Gray then walked Indian centerfielder Tyler Manasa to load the bases. Sophomore outfielder Nick Martin singled to right-center field to bring a pair of Indians to the plate and giving Newberry a 4-1 lead.

As the game moved into the fourth inning the snows came and play resumed Saturday afternoon. Petty continued his excellent work allowing just three hits in the final six innings on Saturday. The Melbourne, Fla. native finished his complete game with six strikeouts, three walks, four hits, and just one unearned run allowed. Petty induced 10 ground ball outs and faced just five batters over the minimum.

Easterby was 4-for-4 in game one with a double and a run batted in. The Berryhill brothers, freshman Thomas and senior Gray, combined for a 3-for-7 day with two runs scored and a double between them.

Lincoln Memorial's Zach Gray got the loss bringing his record down to an even 4-4. Petty improves to 5-2 for the Indians.

The win was head coach Bob Rikeman's 400th of his career. Rikeman entered this season with 383 wins as a Division II head coach.

Game Two
In the second game, Newberry staked the Railsplitters to a 5-1 lead in the first inning as freshman starter Dale Bennett was rocked in the first inning. The Summerville, S.C. native recorded just one out in the first inning before being removed in favor of junior Stephen Byrd. Bennett allowed four hits and five runs.

Down four early, the Indians fought back with a run in the top of the second. Tyler Manasa singled in Brandon Gardner to cut the lead to 5-2.

Then, in the top of the fourth, Newberry put up a three-spot. A one out double by Gardner got things started in the fourth. After Dillenger popped out for the second out, Railsplitter starter Casey Sedley walked Manasa. Martin promptly singled to plate Gardner and advance Manasa to second, 5-3. Freshman Scott Horvath followed with a single that loaded the bases. Sophomore David Tunstill poked a single through the right side for two more runs and tying the game at 5-5.

Tunstill's hit was his only of the series. The Melbourne, Fla. native's nine-game hitting streak was snapped in game one.

After tying the game, Newberry reliever Stephen Byrd struggled in the bottom of the fourth. The Railsplitters tagged the junior from Vero Beach, Fla. with Casey Sedley's bases loaded double clearing the sacks for three runs.

Newberry picked up two runs in the sixth and another in the top of the ninth, but Sedley's sixth inning homerun proved to be the game winner as the Indians lost 9-8.

Byrd was charged with the loss and falls to 7-2 on the season for the scarlet and gray. Joe Workman picked up the win for the Railsplitters, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits.

The top four spots in the lineup for the Indians went 8-for-16 in game two with two runs scored and five driven in. Manasa was 2-for-3, Martin was 2-for-4, and Horvath was 3-for-4. Brandon Gardner was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as well.