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Win: Mitch Kramer (4-6) 9.082202
Loss: Chris Bremer (3-4) 6.197501
Bryon Izzo (LMU) 423000
Storm Kaufman (LMU) 523100
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 402000
Tyler Manasa (NEW) 212000
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Win: Josh McElwee (4-5) 6.153228
Loss: Steven Starbird (4-3) 5.074111
Derek Treece (LMU) 402100
Nick Martin (NEW) 322100
John Kirkland (NEW) 302300

Indians clinch SAC Tournament berth with win in rubber game over Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, April 12, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team vaulted itself into the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament with a split of a doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial University at the Smith Road Complex on Saturday. LMU won the opener, 11-2, while Newberry won the nightcap, 4-3.

Newberry is now 19-25 overall and 9-12 in SAC play, while Lincoln Memorial ends its season at 29-22-1 overall and 6-15 in the league.

Prior to the games, the teams honored the 1951 diamond Indians, who went undefeated and were declared champions of the state of South Carolina that year. After '51 centerfielder Thomas Looper threw out the ceremonial first pitch, it was time for the Indians to hit the field and earn their way into the tournament.

Game One: Lincoln Memorial 11, Newberry 2
The Indians did not allow an earned run for the first six innings of the game, but a late barrage of Railsplitter runs gave the guests the victory.

Newberry opened the scoring in the bottom of the third when Tyler Manasa (Miami, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. After Manasa advanced to third on a groundout, and the senior scored on a single down the left field line from Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico).

The Indians gifted the Railsplitters an unearned run in both the fifth and sixth innings on a fielding error and a failed pickoff attempt, but the visitors' bats got hot in the seventh. The first three batters reached base on singles and hits by Tommy Casto, Derek Treece and Ralph Rosas  put five runs on the board in the inning, giving LMU a 7-1 lead.

The Railsplitters added four more in the eighth, thanks in large part to a triple from Bryon Izzo and RBIs from Storm Kaufman, Treese and Rosas. Treece and Rosas each finished the game with three RBIs.

The Indians put the final run on the board in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.). Starter Chris Bremer (Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 3-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs - five earned - on nine hits over 6.1 innings of work.

Mitch Kramer (4-6) picked up the complete game win for Lincoln Memorial allowing two earned runs on eight hits in 9.0 innings.

Game Two: Newberry 4, Lincoln Memorial 3
The Indians were successful in holding off a late LMU charge to clinch their spot in the SAC Tournament.

Freshman Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.; 4-5) had a strong outing, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits over 6.1 innings, striking out eight. McElwee's strikeout total now stands at 86 on the year.

TeWayne Willis opened the scoring for Lincoln Memorial in the top of the first, as he advanced home after an errant throw when he stole third.

Newberry knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) single through the left side to plate Nick Martin (Morehead City, N.C.).

The teams remained deadlocked until the bottom of the fifth. Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, which Rohena followed with a hard-hit single to third. Martin's double drove in Bartz, and a two-out single from Kirkland put Newberry up 4-1.

Kirkland earned three RBIs in the game, and ran his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, the most by an Indian this season.

Lincoln Memorial threatened the lead in the top of the seventh after loading the bases with one out. McElwee was replaced by closer Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) who forced Casey Sedley into a game ending groundout to earn his fourth save of the season and send Newberry to the postseason.

Steven Starbird (4-3) picked up the loss for the Railsplitters, scaterring seven hits over 5.0 innings, allowing four runs - one earned - striking out one and walking one.

The Indians will now wait for the completion of South Atlantic Conference play on Sunday to learn the identity of their opening round opponent in the SAC Tournament. Newberry will tune up for the tournament with a road matchup at Georgia College and State University on Tuesday. First pitch in Milledgeville, Ga., is slated for 6 p.m.