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Win: Josh McElwee (1-4) 3.011024
Loss: R.Currie (1-3) 1.022000
Casio Grider (NEW) 414110
C.Rosa (TC) 624110
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Win: T.McLean (2-2) 0.200010
Loss: Travis Howard (1-1) 1.021100
Tyler Manasa (NEW) 413000
C.Rosa (TC) 423000

Indians pull out extra inning win before dropping rubber game at Tusculum
Sunday, March 16, 2008

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - It took nearly 24 hours and 12 full innings, but the Newberry College Indians pulled out a 6-5 win in the second game of the weekend series against Tusculum College before dropping the rubber game, 4-3.

Newberry is now 9-19 overall and 3-9 in league play.

Game One: Newberry 6, Tusculum 5 (12 innings; resumed from Saturday)
David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) drove in the game-winning run on a single through the left side to earn the extra-inning victory for the Indians.

Newberry took an early 3-0 lead after three innings with Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.), Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) and Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) all scoring unearned runs.

Tusculum's Christian Rosa instigated a Tusculum rally with a double, a triple and two runs, tying the game at 3-all before play was suspended until Sunday entering the top of the eighth.

Newberry left runners stranded on the corners in the eighth, but took the lead in the top of the ninth on an RBI single to left-center from Grider.

The Indians were one out away from sealing the victory, but a throwing error by Berryhill allowed TC's Matt Webb to score, sending the game into the extra frames.

Neither team was able to notch a run in the 10th and 11th innings, but Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) led off the top of the 12th with a single to second base. Tyler Manasa (Miami, Fla.) moved Bartz to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Rohena popped out, the Indians put together a nice two-out rally.

Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to plate Bartz and give Newberry a 5-4 lead. The key play came in the next at bat, when David Tunstill's single plated Martin and put the Indians ahead 6-4.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers' Brandon Behenna scored on a throwing error by Grider, who was attempting to turn a game-ending double play. However, the damage was controlled and the Indians earned the win when Maikol Gonzalez flied out to center to end the game.

Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.; 1-4) earned his first victory of the season, striking out four batters in three innings of relief.

Game Two: Tusculum 4, Newberry 3
Rohena tied the game at 3-all in the top of the seventh, but Newberry could not hold off the Pioneers, as the hosts took the rubber game.

Rohena scored in the top of the first on a throwing error by the right-fielder, and Tunstill drove in Manasa on a single in the top of the third to give Newberry a 2-0 lead.

However, Tusculum scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, with Matt Webb's leadoff solo homer in the sixth giving TC a 3-2 lead.

With one final shot to tie the game up, the Indians put up a run on Rohena's bunt single, and loaded the bases with one out when Martin was intentionally walked. However, Tunstill grounded into an inning-ending double play.

As in the early stages of Game One, TC's Rosa started the rally, leading off the bottom of the seventh with a double. He moved to third with one out, and after a pair of intentional walks mixed in with a steal.  Webb's sacrifice fly gave Tusculum the series victory and tagged Newberry's Travis Howard (Columbia, S.C.; 1-1) with the loss in relief.

The Indians return home for a mid-week matchup against the Jaguars of Augusta State on Wednesday. First pitch on "Diamond in the Rough" night at the Smith Road Complex is set for 6 p.m.