March 28, 2008123456789RHE
Win: Dusty White (5-2) 9.082235
Loss: Josh McElwee (2-5) 1.278411
Dustin Hurdle (WU) 522101
Spencer Robinson (WU) 422100
Aaron Knowles (WU) 522100
Cale Rogers (WU) 412200
Tyler Manasa (NEW) 403000

Indians drop series opener to Wingate
Friday, March 28, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team dropped the opener of this weekend's South Atlantic Conference series to the Wingate University Bulldogs, 11-2, at the Smith Road Complex on Friday.

Newberry drops to 13-21 overall and 3-10 in league play, while Wingate jumps to 16-24 and 7-6 in the conference.

Wingate jumped out to an early lead with nine runs in the second inning. A double by Cale Rogers and a two-run single from Alex Chapman started the rally and the momentum continued throughout the frame. The Bulldogs sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, knocking Newberry starter Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.; 2-5) from the game after only 1.2 innings, allowing eight runs.

The Indians setled down after the big inning, earning their first run in the fourth. Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) hit a one-out single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) brought him home with a run-scoring double.

Newberry put another run on the board in the bottom of the fifth. John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) led off with a double to right field and went to third on a single by Tyler Manasa (Miami, Fla.). Kirkland scored when Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) grounded into a double play, making it a 9-2 game. Manasa finshed the game 3-for-4 at the plate.

However, Wingate would extend the lead back to nine runs on a solo homerun by Dustin Hurdle in the sixth and a Rogers RBI single in the seventh.

Dusty White (5-2) had a solid outing for the Bulldogs, scattering eight hits in the complete game win. He struck out five and walked two along with allowing two earned runs.

Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) was effective in a long relief outing for Newberry allowing two earned runs on three hits in six innings of work, striking out three. Matt Mege (Levittown, N.Y.) sat down all three batters he faced in the ninth inning in the first varsity action of his career.

The Indians and Bulldogs will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader at the Smith Road Complex. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.