|May 10, 2007||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|University of Tampa||0||0||3||3||0||0||1||2||0||9||13||1|
|Win: Kevin Ferguson (11-2)||5.0||10||3||3||2||5|
|Loss: Brandon Petty (6-4)||7.0||10||9||7||4||2|
|Paul Cruz (TAMPA)||4||0||2||1||0||0|
|Craig Corrado (TAMPA)||5||0||2||1||0||0|
|Troy Ferguson (TAMPA)||4||2||2||0||0||0|
|Chris Rosenbaum (TAMPA)||4||1||2||2||0||0|
|Junior Mejia (TAMPA)||2||2||2||2||1||0|
|David Tunstill (NEW)||5||2||4||1||0||0|
|May 10, 2007||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|University of Tampa||0||0||0||1||2||1||7||11||11||0|
|Win: Anthony Perez (5-0)||5.0||6||3||3||1||4|
|Loss: Stephen Byrd (8-3)||5.1||7||4||4||1||0|
|Ryan Kennedy (TAMPA)||5||0||2||1||0||0|
|Roberto Mena (TAMPA)||5||1||2||1||0||0|
|David Tunstill (NEW)||3||0||2||2||0||0|
GREENVILLE, S.C. � The Newberry College baseball team was unable to upset the 1st ranked nationally University of Tampa Spartans on Thursday night. Tampa (44-9) bested the Indians (19-32) by a score of 9-5 in game one and 11-3 in game two.
Newberry starter Brandon Petty nine runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work as the Spartan offense forced an uncharacteristic four walks from the junior right-hander. Tampa jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, spearheaded by designated hitter Junior Mejia�s two-run single up the middle.
After the Spartans put up another three spot in the top of the fourth, Newberry bounced back with a two-run bottom half of the inning. On a day where senior shortstop Anthony Dillenger would later etch himself into the Newberry record book, the Gaffney, S.C. native struck for a two RBI single in the fourth.
The Indians would add a run in the fifth on the strength of a run scoring single from sophomore second baseman David Tunstill. Within three runs, Newberry would not get closer as the Tampa bullpen was impressive.
Spartan closer Jonathan Holt was touched up in the ninth for two runs in the ninth, including an RBI double from senior pinch-hitter Matt Awtrey, but was still able to pin down his 16th save of the year.
Petty fell to 6-4 on the season and Tampa starter Kevin Ferguson improved to 11-2.
Though the second game�s score was lopsided by the final out, the Indians hung tough with the #1 team in the nation going into the seventh and final inning down just one run.
With the two runs already in and the bases loaded, Tampa reserve centerfielder Ryan Williams hit a grand slam over the rightfield fence. The Spartans would tack on one more run.
It was Newberry that struck first in the night cap when junior centerfielder Tyler Manasa hit a two out single up the middle to score senior catcher Brandon Gardner from second.
Indian starter Stephen Byrd went five strong innings and held Tampa to three runs, but ran out of gas and was only able to record one out in the sixth. A towering solo homerun by Spartan first baseman Jose Jimenez gave Tampa three run edge, 4-1.
Tunstill�s double to the right centerfield gap in the Indian half of the sixth knocked in two Newberry runs and pulled the game back to within one.
In the seventh, Newberry relievers Matt Cote and Zach Stiles had trouble throwing strikes and two runners were walked in before Williams� grand slam.
Pinned with the loss, Byrd is now 8-3 on the season and Tampa starter Anthony Perez moves to 5-0.
In the bottom half of the fifth, senior Anthony Dillenger hit his 48th double as a Newberry Indian to take sole possession of first place in career doubles in Newberry baseball history.
The Indians take the field again Friday at 1 p.m. for the conclusion of the three game series with the University of Tampa.