GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday’s Tusculum, Newberry baseball game was halted in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied 3-3. Time and date for the resumption of the game has yet to be determined.
Newberry jumped out to a 3-0 lead, plating two unearned runs in the second inning and another unearned tally in the third. In the second inning, Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) led off with a single and stole second. Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) singled to center but as Berryhill slowed at third, TC centerfielder Carlos Rivera slipped, allowing the Berryhill to score as Grider moved to second. Grider stole third and came across to score as the throw to third sailed into the outfield.
In the third inning Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) tripled to center field and later scored on a passed ball as the Indians led 3-0.
Tusculum had a golden opportunity to score in the fourth as the Pioneers loaded the bases, but Newberry starter Chris Bremer (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) got out of the jam with a fly out.
In the fifth inning, Tusculum got on the scoreboard when Christian Rosa led off with a double, stole third and scored on a Carlos Rivera single. TC had a chance to move ahead as the Pioneers loaded the bases with no outs. But once again, Bremer got out of trouble with a line out and a pair of fly balls to preserve the 3-1 lead.
The Pioneers knotted the game in the sixth with a pair of runs as Brandon Behenna led off with a base hit, moved to second on an Aaron Hudgins bunt and scored on Rosa’s RBI triple off the right field wall. Rosa would score on Rivera’s sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Tusculum left the bases loaded again in the bottom of the seventh. Dustin Morrow reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame and Webb followed with a bunt single. Paul Finger moved the runners up a base with his sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Sean Cotten drew a one-out walk to load the bases, bringing in Newberry reliever Stephen Byrd (Vero Beach, Fla.). Byrd was solid as he struck out Behenna and got Hudgins to fly out to end the threat.
The rains came at the end of the seventh and the game was halted after a 1:45 rain delay.