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Win: Justin Fry (4-1) 5.120058
Loss: Gary Hersey (1-2) 0.101110
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 512000
John Kirkland (NEW) 412000
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 512100
Tyler Manasa (NEW) 402200
Gary Asbill (USCA) 423000

Indians drop tough battle with No. 13 USC Aiken, 7-6
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

AIKEN, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team dropped a close 7-6 decision to No. 13 USC Aiken at Roberto Hernandez Stadium on Wednesday night.

Newberry falls to 17-24 on the season, while the Pacers are now 32-10.

The Indians started the game on a tear after Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.) hit his fourth homerun of the year in the top of the first. The senior's two-run bomb came with Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) on base to make it a 2-0 game.

Newberry held a three-run advantage by the end of the first inning after Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) hit a run-scoring single to centerfield to plate John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.).

The scarlet and gray put another three runs on the board in the top of the third to push the lead to 6-0. Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) earned an RBI on a groundout and Tyler Manasa plated two runners with a single to left.

The Pacers cut the lead in half in the last half of the third on a sacrifice fly from Chad Jacobsen, followed by Chris Grandinetti scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Ken Raborn.

USC Aiken knotted the game at sixes in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks in large part to a two-run triple down the right field line from Cody McMorris. Raborn's sacrifice fly tied the game up with three innings to play.

The Pacers took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the eighth, as Jacobsen hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-6 game. McMorris had led the frame off with a walk, advanced to second on a balk and got to third on a sacrifice bunt.

Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.; 1-2) picked up the loss after working a third of an inning, allowing McMorris on base.

Gary Owens struck out three batters in the ninth to pick up the save for USCA, while Justin Fry picked up the win with 5.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Martin and Manasa led the Indians with two RBIs apiece, while Rohena and Berryhill each picked up two hits.

The Indians return home to the Smith Road Complex on Friday for the final South Atlantic Conference series of the season against Lincoln Memorial. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.