BREVARD, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team followed a stellar pitching performance from freshman Josh McElwee to a 6-2 win over Brevard College at Gil Coan Field on Friday.
Newberry jumps to 10-19 with the win, while the Tornados fall to 8-17.
McElwee (2-4; Andrews, S.C.) struck out 17 Tornados in the complete game, the third most in South Atlantic Conference history. The performance is the most by a Newberry player since Pete Stuppiello's 13 strikeouts against Mars Hill on April 19, 2003.
The Indians started the scoring in the top of the first inning, when Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) scored on a single by Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.).
Brevard took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Justin Fredy's double scored Brice Warner, and Luke Lovelace was plated on a wild pitch.
However, Newberry took the lead for good in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Martin, who later scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
The Indians pushed the game out of reach in the top of the ninth with three runs. David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) and Berryhill each recorded RBI doubles, and Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) smacked a run-scoring single.
Newberry will look to carry the momentum from Friday into Saturday's twinbill against the Tornados. First pitch at Gil Coan Field is slated for noon.