Newberry baseball ranks in top 100 in three statistical categories
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | by Indian defense 43rd best in turning double plays

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Newberry College baseball ranked in the top 100 in three seperate categories in the national statistics in games through April 15. The Indians boast the 43rd best average for double plays per game, turning 0.87 a contest. Newberry's overall fielding percentage placed 66th in the nation with the Indians fielding successfully at a .957 clip.

Among Newberry starters, senior catcher Brandon Gardner is tops on the team with a fielding percentage of .987. The Gaffney, S.C. native has recorded 188 putouts and 45 assists in 236 chances while also contributing to two double plays. Senior shortstop Anthony Dillenger leads the team with an active role in 29 double plays this season.

The Indians also stand 60th in stolen bases per game, averaging 1.5. Junior leadoff hitter Tyler Manasa leads the Indians with 10 stolen bases on 11 attempts and Dillenger is 9-for-10 on the year. As a team, Newberry has stolen 69 bases in 93 attempts.

Individually, two Indian pitchers were featured in the top 50 nationally. Junior right-hander Stephen Byrd's eight victories is good enough for eighth in the nation. The Vero Beach, Fla. native is 8-2 on the season with a 4.79 earned run average in 11 games this season.

Junior right-hander Brandon Petty ranks 21st in the nation with 68 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched this season. Petty's earned run average of 2.53 is 72nd best in the nation and his six wins ranks 60th.