March 22, 2009123456789RHE
Mars Hill23000110X7110
Win: Alex Britt (4-2) 9.072222
Loss: Ernest Castellano (3-3) 5.086632
Casio Grider (NEW) 403000
Kris Torrence (MHC) 413000
Newberry baseball falls to Mars Hill, 7-2
Casio Grider was 3-for-4 with two doubles in the loss

Newberry baseball falls to Mars Hill, 7-2
Sunday, March 22, 2009

MARS HILL, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team suffered its first South Atlantic Conference sweep of the season on Sunday, as the Mars Hill College Lions earned a 7-2 win at Henderson Field.

Newberry falls to 11-13 overall and 5-4 in South Atlantic Conference play this season. Mars Hill is now 15-16 overall and 5-6 in the SAC. Newberry returns home this Wednesday for the first of five consecutive home games with a 7 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday against Coker College. The scarlet and gray host Catawba College for a three-game SAC series on Friday and Saturday.

Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) was 3-for-4 at the plate on Sunday with two doubles for Newberry, but Mars Hill pitcher Alex Britt (Salisbury, N.C.) moved to 4-2 on the season with a complete game win. Britt allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out two batters and induced 11 ground outs.

Britt received offensive help from his teammates beginning in the bottom of the first inning. Brian Williams (Orlando, Fla.) jacked a two-run homer to give Mars Hill an early 2-0 lead.

After John Fogarile (New York, N.Y.) hit a two-run homer - the first of his collegiate career - for Newberry to centerfield in the top half of the second inning, the Lions answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Mike Dobre (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Devin Presnell (Boone, N.C.) hit back-to-back singles to score Kris Torrance (Pt. Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Dalton Hardee (Boone, N.C.). Mike Kitt (West Islip, N.Y.) then singled to score Dobre and give Mars Hill a 5-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Dobre hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Patrick Davidson (Swannanoa, N.C.) came across the plate to increase the Lions' lead to 6-2.

Kitt scored the final Mars Hill run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Davidson hit a weak single to Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) but beat the second baseman's throw to first which allowed Kitt to score home.

Ernest Castellano (Homestead, Fla.), now 3-3, took the loss for Newberry. He surrendered six runs on eight hits in five innings pitched.

Mars Hill 7, Newberry 2
(Mar 22, 2009 at Mars Hill, N.C.)
Newberry............ 020 000 000 - 2 7 0 (11-13, 5-4)
Mars Hill........... 230 001 10X - 7 11 0 (16-15, 5-6)
Pitchers: Newberry - Ernest Castellano; Chauncey Mattei(6); Thomas Berryhill(7) and Jose Rosa. Mars Hill - Alex Britt and Mike Dobre.
Win-Alex Britt(4-2) Loss-Ernest Castellano(3-3) T-2:10 A-175
HR NEW - John Fogarile (1).
HR MHC - Brian Williams (5).
E.Castellano faced 2 batters in the 6th.