February 10, 2009123456789RHE
Win: Chris Roman (1-2) 5.020038
Loss: Sean Madden (0-2) 1.259320
Evan Taylor (LRU) 502100
Casio Grider (NEW) 522100
Jim Pollack (NEW) 322311
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 402000
C.J. Tyrkala (NEW) 412100
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 412000
Newberry holds off Lenoir-Rhyne for 10-6 win
Chris Roman struck out 8 in 5 innings of work

Newberry holds off Lenoir-Rhyne for 10-6 win
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team jumped out to a big lead early and held off Lenoir-Rhyne late for a 10-6 victory in non-conference action at the Smith Road Complex on Tuesday evening.

Newberry (5-2) followed strong performances from starting pitcher Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.) and right fielder Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) to its third straight win. Roman (1-2) struck out eight and gave up only two hits in five shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. Pollack was 2-of-3 on the night with two runs scored and three RBIs on a monster homerun to the deepest part of the park in left-center in the first inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-4) gave up nine runs in the first two innings before putting runs on the board in the seventh and the ninth. South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Evan Taylor (Charlotte, N.C.) was the only Bear with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 on the night.

The scarlet and gray took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out rally, starting with a triple to left-center from shortstop Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.). Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) reached on a walk before Pollack blasted the bomb to left-center.

In the bottom of the second, Newberry sent 11 batters to the plate on the way to a six-run inning. C.J. Tyrkala (Palm Harbor, Fla.) led the inning off with a single up the middle and Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) followed that up with an infield single to shortstop. Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) stepped to the plate to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher's throw was errant and found its way all the way into right field. Tyrkala and Bartz scored, while Berryhill scampered all the way to third.

John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) was hit by a pitch with one out to put runners on the corners, and a Grider RBI single through the left side made it a 6-0 game. A throwing error by the third baseman in Horvath's plate appearance plated Kirkland and put Grider on third. The senior shortstop would score in the next at-bat on a double steal attempt, but Horvath was caught in a rundown for the second out. Pollack walked and Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) singled before a Tyrkala RBI double made it a 9-0 game after only two innings.

Newberry pushed the lead to double digits with another two-out rally in the fifth. Berryhill singled on a full count with one out and ran all the way home with two outs, when Kirkland's single to left was kicked around in the outfield, giving Newberry the 10-0 lead.

But the Bears would not go away quietly. Sophomore Stephen Andrews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) hit a two-run homer to right in the top of the seventh. In the ninth, Hank Wofford (Clover, S.C.) hit a two-run single with none out, Max Loveland (Bradenton, Fla.) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Taylor smacked an RBI single to the left side with two outs. Berryhill came in to pitch with two outs and a runner on and caught Alex Cooks (Tampa, Fla.) looking to end the game and give Newberry its third win in a row.

Grider, Pollack, Rohena, Tyrkala and Bartz all had multiple hit games for the scarlet and gray, as Newberry posted the most runs by a home team at the Smith Road Complex in the stadium's second season of competition.

Newberry will look to continue its winning streak this weekend with a three-game series against the Buccaneers of Barry University. The first game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, while Saturday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at the Smith Road Complex.