Indians stay in national statistics
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | by Pair of pitchers rank in top 50 in individual statistics

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Junior pitchers Brandon Petty and Stephen Byrd remained in the top 50 for the second consecutive week for individual statistics in Division II baseball. In games through April 8, Petty ranks 27th in total strikeouts with 59. The junior from Melbourne, Fla. also appears in the top 100, with an 80th best five wins and 100th best earned run average of 2.79.

Byrd, a native of Vero Beach, Fla., is 11th in victories with seven. The right-hander is 7-2 on the season with an earned run average of 4.95 in 18 appearances.

Newberry also crept into the top 50 in a team category, placing 48th in stolen bases per game with 1.62. Junior outfielder Tyler Manasa leads all Indians with 10 stolen bases on 11 attempts and senior Anthony Dillenger has swiped nine bases in 10 attempts. As a team, the Indians have stolen 68 bases in 90 tries.

The Indians cracked the top 100 in two other team categories. Newberry's fielding percentage of .957 is 60th best in the nation. The good fielding continues to show in the statistics as the Indians have the 74th best average of double plays turned per game (0.79). Though not a statistical category nationally, the Indians have two regular fielders with a .990 or higher fielding percentage. Catcher Brandon Gardner has just two errors and 40 assists on the year while boasting a .990 fielding percentage and first baseman Matthew Webb has just one error and a .995 fielding percentage.