Indians remain in national statistics
Thursday, May 3, 2007 | by Newberry defense 37th best at turning double plays

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College baseball team remained in the top 100 in two team and three individual statistical categories, including the 37th best team in turning double plays. Per game, the Indians account for 0.86 twin killings. Senior shortstop Anthony Dillenger leads the team, with involvment in 30 double plays this year. Sophomore second baseman David Tunstill has 14 on the season.

The Indians also ranked 73rd in stolen bases per game, swiping 1.41 per contest. As a team, Newberry has stolen 69 bases this season in 94 attempts. Junior outfielder Tyler Manasa is the only Indian in double digits with 10 in 11 attempts and Dillenger has only been caught once in 10 tries.

Individually, junior pitchers Stephen Byrd and first team all-SAC member Brandon Petty also appear in the national statistics. Byrd's eight season victories places 36th. A native of Vero Beach, Fla., the right-handed Byrd has an 8-2 overall record with a 4.48 earned run average in 21 appearances.

Petty is in the top 100 in two categories. The right-hander from Melbourne, Fla. ranks 51st in strikeouts with 68 and his 2.71 earned run average is 77th best in the nation. Petty finished the year 6-3 in 15 appearances and 96.1 innings pitched.

The Indians still have three games remaining on the season schedule as Newberry hosts Tampa University on Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. Thursday's doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. and Friday's game will be at 1 p.m. All three games will be at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, S.C.