GREENVILLE, S.C. - Newberry College baseball took game one of a three game set against the Catawba College Indians on the strength of a complete game shutout from junior starter Brandon Petty. Newberry (18-26, 11-10 SAC) scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back en route to a SCORE victory over Catawba (28-15, 11-9) at Greenville Municpal Stadium in Greenville, S.C. Friday night.
Senior catcher Brandon Gardner got the scoring started for the Indians in the bottom of the second inning with a double down the right field line. Senior Matthew Webb reached base after Catawba starter Tim Smith plunked him with one out. Next, freshman Thomas Berryhill attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, put the third baseman pushed a high fastball past the mound for an infield hit. With runners on first and second, Gardner slapped an 0-2 pitch over the first base bag and into right field plating Webb. Shortstop Anthony Dillenger followed Gardner with a double into the left center to score Berryhill.
The Indians weren't finished touching the plate in the second. After a walk to junior Tyler Manasa, Smith gave up a sacrifice fly to Indian left fielder Nick Martin that scored Gardner.
Newberry added another run in the bottom of the third when Thomas Berryhill singled through the middle to score Ryan Easterby.
Staked to a 4-0 lead, Newberry ace Brandon Petty allowed one run to Catawba in the top of the sixth but it was unearned. The Melbourne, Fla. native has now pitched 24 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Petty finished with nine strikeouts and just one walk on the evening.
Berryhill would add his second RBI of the game in the eighth with a single.
Both Berryhill and Gardner had multiple hit games for Newberry.
The scarlet and gray play Catawba in a double-header on Saturday in a game that will now start at 12:00 p.m. in an effort to avoid potentially bad weather at Greenville Muncipal Stadium.