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Win: Brandon Petty (4-6) 9.061004
Loss: Tyler Almond (3-2) 6.072203
Nick Siega-Riz (WU) 413000
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 312010
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Win: Chris Bremer (2-3) 7.040024
Loss: Cale Rogers (0-7) 2.044100
Aaron Knowles (WU) 301000
Spencer Robinson (WU) 301000
Grayson Tanner (WU) 201000
Scott Kelly (WU) 201000
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 433000

Indians claim series win with sweep of Saturday's twinbill
Saturday, March 29, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team took both games of Saturday's doubleheader with Wingate University to claim its first South Atlantic Conference series win of the season. The Indians won the first game, 2-1, and won the nightcap by a 9-0 score.

Newberry is now 15-21 overall and 5-10 in SAC play, while Wingate falls to 16-26 overall and 7-8 in the league.

Game One: Newberry 2, Wingate 1
Brandon Petty (Melbourne, Fla.; 4-6) allowed one unearned run in the first inning and shut down the Bulldogs for the rest of the game to earn the complete game win. He scattered six hits through nine innings of work, striking out four and walking none.

Wingate opened the scoring in the top of the first after Nick Siega-Riz led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Kelly. Dustin Hurdle hit a tapper back to the mound and Siega-Riz found himself in a rundown on his way to home. After a multitude of throws, David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) was unable to avoid Siega-Riz as he was in the basepath, allowing Wingate to score the first run.

The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the first after Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) led off with a single and made his way to third with a pair of steals. Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center.

Newberry scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the second. Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) led off the frame with a single to left-center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.). Berryhill then stole third and scored on a bunt single by John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.).

Wingate's best chance to tie the game came in the top of the eighth, when Alex Chapman led off with a bunt single. Siega-Riz hit a double to right, putting runners on second and third with none out. But Petty retired the next three batters in order to keep the Indians ahead.

Bartz was 2-for-3 with two steals and a run scored to lead the offense for Newberry. Siega-Riz was 3-for-4 for the Bulldogs. Tyler Almond (3-2) was tagged with the loss for WU, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

Game Two: Newberry 9, Wingate 0
In the seven-inning night cap, Chris Bremer (Port St. Lucie, Fla; 2-3) needed only 75 pitches to earn the complete game shutout. The senior southpaw scattered four hits through his seven innings on the mound, striking out four and walking two.

The stellar pitching performance was backed up by plenty of run support from the Indians' offense.

Bartz led off the bottom of the first with a single to short, moved to second on a Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) sacrifice bunt and earned third base with a steal. Martin's groundout to second plated Bartz and gave Newberry the early 1-0 lead.

The Indians' lead was pushed to 2-0 in the bottom of the second on a one-out RBI single by Kirkland.

The third inning saw Newberry push five runs across the plate. Bartz led off with a single and made it to third when Rohena's sacrifice bunt attempt forced a throwing error by the pitcher, putting runners on the corners with none out. Tunstill and Berryhill were each hit by a pitch, with Berryhill's scoring a run.

With the bases loaded, Grider made Smith Road Complex history with the first triple ever hit at the new facility. The bases clearing hit gave Newberry a 6-0 lead. Grider scored on an RBI double from John Kirkland to round out the scoring in the inning.

Bartz led off the fourth with a triple to right-center and Rohena was hit by a pitch and advanced to second with no outs. Martin hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Bartz, and a Tunstill single scored Bartz to wrap up Newberry's scoring for the day.

Bartz was 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a triple and three runs scored.

The Indians continue their homestand on Wednesday night when they host nationally-ranked USC Aiken on "Diamond in the Rough" night at 6:30 p.m. Blackmon's Jewelry will hide a diamond on the field, and all females in attendance will have a chance to search for the rock following the game.