February 07, 2008123456789RHE
Win: T.Holmes (1-0) 5.263124
Loss: Chris Bremer (0-1) 1.166610
Chad Perschbacher (NEW) 312000
Scott Horvath (NEW) 412000
Tyler Hartman (NEW) 222210
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 312300
C.Lyerly (CATBB) 544300

Indians fall to Catawba in slugfest, 16-8
Thursday, February 7, 2008

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Newberry College Indians fell behind early in the game in a 16-8 loss to Catawba College in the opening game of the SAC Preseason Clash at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Thursday. Newberry falls to 1-4 on the season.

The Indians fell behind quickly as Catawba's David Thomas led off the bottom of the first with a homerun to left-center. Starting pitcher Chris Bremer (Pt. St. Lucie, Fla.) allowed six runs in 1.1 innings of work on six hits and a walk.

Before the third inning was out, Newberry was trailing 10-0 on 12 hits, using three pitchers. The Indians finally changed the zero on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth on a two-out, RBI double down the left field line by Tyler Hartman (DeLand, Fla.). Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) singled up the middle to score Hartman and narrow the deficit to 10-2. However, Catawba extended the lead back to 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth on RBI hits from Ryan Query and Chad Baker.

Newberry scratched one back in the top of the sixth. Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) and Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) started the inning with back-to-back hits, and Casey Faulkenberry (Camden, S.C.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Hartman drew a walk to push Hersey across the plate to bring the score to 12-3. But Catawba answered again with two runs, on an RBI single by Thomas and a sacrifice fly by Craige Lyerly, giving Catawba the 14-3 lead.

After a scoreless seventh, the Indian bats came back to life with five runs in the top of the eighth. Horvath led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a passed ball with one out. Jose Rose (Keystone Heights, Fla.) grounded out to second, but drove Horvath home. With two out, Faulkenberry struck out swinging, but reached first base when the third strike was a wild pitch.

After that break, the Indians quickly capitalized with a Hartman single. Rohena drove a double to right-center to score Faulkenberry and Hartman. Chad Perschbacher (Makanda, Ill.) ran out an infield single, pushing Rohena to third, and Perschbacher stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Brandon Mand (Laurinburg, N.C.) drove them both home with a two-run double to left-center, bringing the deficit to 14-8.

Catawba rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the eighth with run-scoring singles from Lyerly and Kevin McMillan.

The two teams combined for 24 runs on 30 hits and stranded 17 runners on base. Each team recorded four doubles.

Bremer (0-1) picked up the loss for Newberry, while Tim Holmes (1-0) earned the win for Catawba. Rohena went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Mand and Hartman each drove in two, while Rosa picked up one RBI.

The Indians face another tough test against a South Atlantic Conference foe Friday, when they play No. 11 Tusculum at 6 p.m. The game will not count in the conference standings.