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Win: Ernie Castellano (1-0) 3.030011
Loss: Chace Phillips (1-1) 6.0127712
Matt Allen (BLOOM-B) 302000
Paul Silliman (NEW) 413301
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Win: Stephen Byrd (1-3) 4.140004
Loss: Grant Kernaghan (0-1) 4.045021
Chris Tressler (BLOOM-B) 403100
Nick Martin (NEW) 323000

Indians' bats carry Newberry to sweep of Bloomsburg
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Freshman Paul Silliman hit the first Newberry homerun in the history of the Smith Road Complex and Nick Martin's three-run bomb help propel the Newberry College Indians to a sweep of visiting Bloomsburg University on Tuesday.

Newberry moves to 8-17 with the wins, while the Huskies drop to 2-9 on the season.

Game One: Newberry 7, Bloomsburg 2
Paul Silliman (Winter Springs, Fla.) hit his first career homerun to lead off the bottom of the second inning and also smacked two doubles to lead the Indians' offense in the first game. The Silliman homer was also the first by a Newberry player at the Smith Road Complex in varsity competition.

The Huskies took a 2-1 lead on a two-out homerun by Tony Donofry in the top of the third, but Silliman put the Indians back in front with a two-run double down the left field line in the back half of the frame.

Newberry wrapped up the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. A bunt single from Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.), a single through the left side by Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) and another bunt single from Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) loaded the bases with no outs. Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) drove in Berryhill on a fielder's choice and stole second to put two Indians in scoring position with only one out.

Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) made sure those runners got home safely, as he hooked a three-run blast around the left field foul pole for his third homerun of the season.

Ernie Castellano (Homestead, Fla.; 1-0) picked up the win, throwing three innings of scoreless relief.

Game Two: Newberry 5, Bloomsburg 3
Two runs in the bottom of the third and a game-saving sliding catch by Tyler Hartman (Deland, Fla.) gave Newberry the sweep.

Donofry singled and stole second and was driven in by a Chris Tressler single to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.

Newberry took the lead with a three-run first. After the first two batters were retired in order, Martin singled and Silliman was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with two out. Zach Upton (Clearwater, Fla.) drove them in when BU first baseman Kevin Ward was unable to corral the throw from Upton's grounder. The ball rolled all the way to the fence and Upton advanced to third.

After Hartman was hit by a pitch, the Indians attempted a double steal. While Hartman was looked back to the bag, Upton was able to score the third run of the two-out rally.

However, Bloomsburg tied the game in the top of the second on RBIs from Anthony Forman and Preston Hitchcock.

But a passed ball, a well-placed bunt single and an attempted double steal by Hartman allowed the Indians to score the winning runs in the third.

While starter Wayne Potts (Orlando, Fla.) was driven from the game after allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings, Stephen Byrd (Vero Beach, Fla.; 1-3) pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball, allowing only four hits and striking out four. Berryhill picked up his second save of the year.

The Indians hit the road this weekend with a return to South Atlantic Conference action. Newberry visits Tusculum for a three-game weekend series with Tusculum College. The series begins with one game at 7 p.m. Friday and will close with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. Bloomsburg plays a three-game series at Coker beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday.