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Win: R.Ruggles (1-0) 7.073218
Loss: Brandon Petty (0-3) 6.0119824
C.Rivera (TC) 422010
M.Gonzalez (TC) 512200
M.Ford (TC) 422200
D.Morrow (TC) 312100
Casio Grider (NEW) 402200
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 412000
John Kirkland (NEW) 412000

Indians drop 10-3 decision to No. 11 Tusculum at SAC Preseason Clash
Friday, February 8, 2008

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - High-powered No. 11 Tusculum College jumped out early and did not allow the Newberry College Indians back into the game, as the Pioneers pounded out eight extra-base hits en route to a 10-3 victory at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Clash on Friday.

Newberry (1-5) dropped its fourth consecutive game after falling behind early for the second straight night. Tusculum moves to 3-2 on the season after a 22-1 thrashing of the College of Saint Rose earlier in the day.

Tusculum's bats were on fire in the second through sixth innings, as the Pioneers scored nine of their runs in the middle frames. Starter Brandon Petty (Melbourne, Fla.; 0-3) went six innings, scattering 11 hits as TC scored nine runs - eight of which were earned. Petty struck out four and walked two. Travis Howard (Columbia, S.C.) gave up one unearned run on one hit in three innings of work, striking out two.

Raymond Ruggles (1-0) pitched seven innings for the Pioneers, giving up three runs - two earned - on seven hits, striking out eight.

Newberry's Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) put Newberry's first two runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth, with a two-out triple to centerfield driving in Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) and John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.). The Indians had a hard time generating offense in the early going, as only three Newberry players reached base in the first four innings, one of which was erased on a double play.

The Indians came just short of scoring a run in the sixth as Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Berryhill's single to left for the third out of the frame.

Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a Grider single. The junior scored on a throwing error by the first baseman, but it would be the final run for the Indians.

Tusculum's top third of the lineup was especially potent, as Carlos Rivera, Maikol Gonzalez and Christian Rosa each hit triples, with Gonzalez adding a double.

The Indians will try to break the slump against the College of Saint Rose (0-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Saint Rose was a 22-1 loser to Tusculum in Friday's opener, and was beaten 8-0 by Catawba in the middle game of the day.