February 21, 2009123456789RHE
Win: Josh McElwee (2-0) 5.053358
Loss: Spencer Linn (1-1) 7.0107532
Michael Morin (NEW) 413000
Matthew Pruitt (BC) 412010
Stephen Mullis (BC) 512000
Jackie Corn (BC) 512300
February 21, 20091234567RHE
Win: Dale Bennett (1-1) 6.042212
Loss: Ryan Toney (1-2) 5.183331
John Kirkland (NEW) 312010
Jim Pollack (NEW) 402100
Matthew Pruitt (BC) 412101
Newberry baseball opens SAC slate with pair of wins at Brevard
McElwee struck out eight in the Game One win

Newberry baseball opens SAC slate with pair of wins at Brevard
Saturday, February 21, 2009

BREVARD, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team opened its 2009 South Atlantic Conference slte on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins over Brevard College at Gil Coan Field. Newberry took the first game by a 7-5 scoreline and secured a 3-2 win in the second game.

Newberry moves to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in SAC play, while Brevard is now 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Game One: Newberry 7, Brevard 5
Bob Rikeman's team took a 7-0 lead and then held on for the victory in the opener. Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) pitched five innings and picked up the win, striking out eight while allowing three runs on five hits. Spencer Linn (Fletcher, N.C.) took the loss for Brevard, allowing seven runs (five earned) on ten hits in seven innings of work.

Newberry cracked the scoring column in the second inning. After a pair of walks and a wild pitch, Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) plated Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) on an RBI groundout to give the visitors the lead. Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) then touched home on a wild pitch, and Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) tallied an RBI single to make the score 3-0.

Newberry added a run in the third, when a Rohena single scored Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) to make the score 4-0.

The scarlet and gray's final runs came in the fourth. After the first two batters singled, Edmund Gravely (Rocky Mount, N.C.) scored on an error. John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) singled a run home, and Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) followed with a sac fly to make the score 7-0.

Brevard hit the comeback trail in the sixth. After William Scholer (Norwalk, Iowa) started the inning with a double, Josh Miller (Hendersonville, N.C.) drove home the first Tornado run with a single to make the score 7-1. Jackie Corn (Hendersonville, N.C.) followed with an RBI double, and two batters later, M.A. Dozier (Cumming, Ga.) scored Corn on a sac fly, making the tally 7-3.

Brevard's final two runs came in the seventh off of Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.). With the bases loaded and one out, Corn singled home a pair to bring the Tornados within two.

But Brevard would not score again as Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) pitched the ninth for Newberry to pick up his third save of the season.

Newberry 7, Brevard 5
(Feb 21, 2009 at Brevard, N.C.) (Game 1)
Newberry............ 031 300 000 - 7 10 0 (6-5, 1-0 SAC)
Brevard............. 000 003 200 - 5 10 1 (5-3, 0-1 SAC)
Pitchers: Newberry - Josh McElwee; Gary Hersey(6); Chauncey Mattei(7); Thomas Berryhill(9). Brevard - Spencer Linn; Payne Parker(8).
Win-Josh McElwee(2-0) Save-Thomas Berryhill(3) Loss-Spencer Linn(1-1) T-2:57 A-133

Game Two: Newberry 3, Brevard 2
Newberry swept the afternoon with a nail biter in the secnd game. Dale Bennett (Summerville, S.C.) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits for the win. Ryan Toney (Johnson City, Tenn.) was the loser, giving up three runs in five and a third innings.

The second game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when a two-out single from Miller plated Corn, putting the home side ahead by a single run.

Newberry took the lead in the fifth frame with some two-out magic. Pollack and Rohena notched back-to-back run-scoring singles to put the scarlet and gray up, 2-1.

Brevard tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Matthew Pruitt (Hendersonville, N.C.) clubbed a home run to knot the score at two apiece.

Newberry plated the winning run in the sixth. With Pruitt pitching, Michael Morin (Miami, Fla.) scored on a wild pitch.

Berryhill again pitched the ninth for the save, but not without drama. After Adam Arrowood (Asheville, N.C.) pinch ran for Kellen Moman (Greenville, S.C.), who led off the inning with a single, Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, N.C.) stroked a two-out base hit to left field. Arrowood rounded third but was gunned down at home on a laser throw from Morin to deny Brevard the equalizer and end the game.

Newberry 3, Brevard 2
(Feb 21, 2009 at Brevard, N.C.) (Game 2)
Newberry............ 000 021 0 - 3 9 2 (7-5, 2-0 SAC)
Brevard............. 000 110 0 - 2 6 1 (5-4, 0-2 SAC)
Pitchers: Newberry - Dale Bennett; Thomas Berryhill(7). Brevard - Ryan Toney; Matthew Pruitt(6).
Win-Dale Bennett(1-1) Save-Thomas Berryhill(4) Loss-Ryan Toney(1-2) T-1:54
HR BC - Matthew Pruitt (1).

The Tornados and Newberry finish the season-opening series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match-up.