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Win: Chris Bremer (3-3) 7.051012
Loss: Brandon Padgett (3-4) 0.143300
Hank Wofford (LRC) 402000
Brian Dice (LRC) 302000
Nick Martin (NEW) 323300
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Win: Josh McElwee (3-5) 5.052235
Loss: Justin Crowell (2-5) 2.293301
J.D. Harrison (LRC) 412100
Evan Taylor (LRC) 402200
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 413000

Indians sweep doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne to claim series victory
Sunday, April 6, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team took both games of Sunday's doubleheader against Lenoir-Rhyne College, 9-1 and 4-3, to claim its second consecutive South Atlantic Conference series win.

The Indians are now 17-23 overall and 7-11 in conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne is 21-24 overall and 10-8 in the league.

Game One: Newberry 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Indians jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and starting pitcher Chris Bremer (Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 3-3) allowed only one earned run in seven innings to get the win in the first game.

Newberry started hitting from the get-go as Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.), Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) and Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) led the game off with three consecutive singles. Martin's hit drove in Bartz, while David Tunstill (Melbourne, Fla.) grounded out to plate Rohena. John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) and Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) continued the rally with singles as the Indians took a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Indian onslaught continued in the bottom of the second with four unearned runs. Martin, Tunstill and Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) all picked up RBIs in the inning.

Bremer held the Bears hitless until the fourth, where the guests benefitted from a dropped fly ball and converted that opportunity into their only run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Mark Drucker to make it 7-1.

Newberry capped the scoring in the fifth on an RBI double by Martin and a run-scoring single from Tunstill. Both Martin and Tunstill finished the game with three RBIs as the Indians collected 15 hits in six innings. Brandon Padgett (3-4) picked up the loss for the Bears, allowing three earned runs on four hits in only a third of an inning.

Game Two: Newberry 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The Indians took an early lead and held on late for the victory in the rubber game.

Newberry manufactured a run in the bottom of the second to open the scoring. Kirkland led off with a single, which was followed by a bunt single from Grider. The two runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch and Kirkland scored on a single from Tyler Manasa (Miami, Fla.).

In the third, the Indians scored two more runs on a two-run single from Tunstill, whose RBI single in the fourth capped the Newberry runs for the day.

However, the Bears made things interesting late. Back-to-back singles from Hank Wofford and J.D. Harrison led off the sixth and Daniel Ford's walk loaded the bases. Evan Taylor's two-run single through the right side cut into the lead and knocked starter Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.; 3-5) from the game.

McElwee picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out five and walking three in five innings of work.

Ernie Castellano (Homestead, Fla.) came in to relieve McElwee, and after walking Zachary Glass to load the bases with no outs, retired three consecutive batters to get out of the jam.

Stephen Byrd (Vero Beach, Fla.) gave up two hits in the top of the seventh, but forced Glass to ground out to first to end the game and give the Indians the victory.

Tunstill was 2-for-3 in the game with three RBIs, finishing the day with six batted in.

Newberry travels to No. 13 USC Aiken on Wednesday for a non-conference game before hosting Lincoln Memorial University next weekend in the last South Atlantic Conference series of the season.