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Win: Josh McElwee (1-0) 6.0200114
Loss: Jeremiah St.Louis (0-1) 4.052124
Ryan Price (STR) 401000
John Cole (STR) 301000
Derek Marshall (STR) 411000
Michael Carbone (STR) 301100
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 311100
John Kirkland (NEW) 301110
Jim Pollack (NEW) 301000
C.J. Tyrkala (NEW) 201000
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 201000
McElwee strikes out 14 in 5-2 win over St. Rose
Sophomore Josh McElwee struck out 14 batters in the win

McElwee strikes out 14 in 5-2 win over St. Rose
Friday, February 6, 2009

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team earned a 5-2 win over the visiting Golden Knights of the College of Saint Rose behind 14 strikeouts from sophomore Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.).

Newberry (2-1) took an early lead and followed a strong pitching effort from McElwee (1-0), Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) and Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.). The trio allowed only two unearned runs in the win, striking out a total of 17 batters.

The Golden Knights (0-1) cut a 4-0 deficit in half by pushing across a pair of runs in the seventh, but Newberry added one more in the eighth to provide itself some breathing room.

Newberry got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Berryhill led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant throw. John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) pushed Berryhill to third, and a deep pop-out from Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) plated Berryhill to give the scarlet and gray a 1-0 lead.

The hosts doubled their lead in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally. Tyler Hartman (Deland, Fla.) drew a walk on seven pitches and advanced to third on a single up the middle from Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.). The pair executed a double steal to perfection, and Hartman's steal of home gave Newberry a 2-0 lead.

Newberry pushed the lead to four runs in the bottom of the sixth with another two out rally and double steal. Robby Scaggs (North Augusta, S.C.) reached on an error and Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) put runners on first and second when he was hit by a pitch. Hartman lined out to right and advanced Scaggs to third, setting up the scoring opportunity.

The pair executed the double steal with Scaggs scoring, and Rosa advanced all the way to third when the catcher's throw escaped into center field. Terrence Gray (Newberry, S.C.) walked and stole second and Berryhill was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Kirkland pushed the run across on a four-pitch walk to give Newberry a 4-0 advantage.

St. Rose put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the seventh. Grant Smith (Waterford, Pa.) reached on an error and Derek Marshall (Malone, N.Y.) singled up the middle. Jake Perez (Erie, Pa.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position and a groundout from Nick Alexandrovich (Commack, N.Y.) drove in Smith to put the Golden Knights' first run on the board. Michael Carbone (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) plated St. Rose's final run on a two-out RBI single through the left side.

Newberry closed out the scoring in the bottom of the eighth on a sac bunt from Berryhill. But the big story of the night was McElwee's magic on the mound. The sophomore struck out the side in the second and sixth innings, and punch out two batters in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. Seven of the 14 Ks caught the batter looking at the third strike.

The scarlet and gray and the Golden Knights will plays games two and three of their four-game set tomorrow, beginning with a nine-inning game at 4 p.m. and a seven-inning game following afterwards.