DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The Newberry College Indians dropped the rubber game of their weekend series with No. 21 North Georgia College and State University, 11-4, on Sunday afternoon.
Newberry (1-2) was led offensively by Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) who was 2-of-3 at the plate with a double and three RBIs in the ninth spot in the batting order.
However, a six RBI game from Daniel Petitti of North Georgia (2-1) pushed the hosts to the win.
Petitti opened the scoring with a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the second to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead. The Saints extended the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Petitti, who was later pushed across the plate by an Andrew Jones RBI single.
Newberry cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Robert Danise (Vero Beach, Fla.) led off the frame on an error by the NGCSU shortstop, and advanced to third on a one-out double down the left field line by C.J. Tyrkala (Palm Harbor, Fla.). John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) then hit an RBI single up the middle, followed by a Bartz RBI single to right.
But the Saints put the lead back at two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by Petitti. Craig Brisson added another run on an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, putting the NGCSU lead at 6-2.
The Indians brought two of those runs back in the top of the seventh, as Bartz collected his second and third RBIs of the season on a two-run double to left.
North Georgia came back however, and used a throwing error in eighth inning to plate a run and a single from Anders Oster to give the Saints an 8-4 lead. Petitti came through once again in the eighth, dropping a bloop single down the left field line to plate two runs and extend the lead to six at 10-4. The Saints added another run on a fielder�s choice, and shut down the Indians in the ninth for an 11-4 win.
Michael Patton (1-0) picked up the win for North Georgia, going 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four. Jesse Coxwell made his collegiate debut in relief of Patton and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to pick up his first save.
Wayne Potts (Orlando, Fla.; 0-1) picked up the loss for the Indians, going four innings, allowing just three hits and three earned runs. Newberry threw six pitchers at the Saints in the series finale.
Newberry returns home for Grand Opening Day at the new Smith Road Complex on Tuesday night. No. 25 Francis Marion (2-1) will be the Indians' guests for the 7:30 p.m. start.
North Georgia (2-1) will return to action February 8-10 as they host Pfeiffer University for a weekend series.