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Win: Blake Ketner (6-1) 7.030003
Loss: Josh McElwee (3-1) 4.044121
Chris Ahearn (CATBB) 402000
Brett Hatley (CATBB) 402200
Derek Bley (NEW) 301000
Robby Scaggs (NEW) 101000
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 201000
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Win: Trevor Mullins (3-2) 2.010001
Loss: Dale Bennett (1-5) 1.221100
Chris Ahearn (CATBB) 502110
Zeb Link (CATBB) 512100
Jacob Faggart (CATBB) 502000
Scott Horvath (NEW) 603000
Michael Morin (NEW) 513000
Newberry nine drop twinbill to Catawba
Jovan Rohena drove in two runs in the game two loss

Newberry nine drop twinbill to Catawba
Monday, March 30, 2009

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team lost a pair of South Atlantic Conference games to Catawba College at the Smith Road Complex on Monday evening. The scarlet and gray fell by a 5-0 count in the first game before dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker in 12 innings in the second game.

Newberry's record falls to 11-15 overall and 5-6 in South Atlantic Conference action with the losses. Catawba is now 18-9 overall and 9-3 in SAC action. Newberry returns to the diamond at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the scarlet and gray host Augusta State.

Game One: Catawba 5, Newberry 0
Catawba jumped out to an early lead and followed a pitching gem from Blake Ketner (Davidson, N.C.) to pick up the first win of the night. Ketner allowed only three hits as he went the distance for the guests, facing the minimum amount of batters through six innings.

Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) picked up his first loss of the season after allowing two unearned runs in the top of the first. Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, N.C.) and Ryan Query (Kannapolis, N.C.) drove in runs for Catawba in the inning. McElwee's control was erratic and he was tagged for two more runs in the top of the top of the fifth and one more was credited to reliever Ernest Castellano (Homestead, Fla.).

The Newberry pitching duo allowed only six hits in the game, but Ketner was spectacular for Catawba. He allowed a leadoff hit in the second inning, but immediately erased that by forcing a double play. From there, he retired 13 consecutive batters before Derek Bley (Upper Arlington, Ohio) led off the bottom of the seventh with a hit. Robby Scaggs (North Augusta, S.C.) followed him up with a hit to put runners on first and second, but Ketner forced another double play to end the game.

Catawba 5, Newberry 0
(Mar 30, 2009 at Newberry, S.C.) (Game 1)
Catawba.......... 200 030 0 - 5 6 0 (17-9, 8-3 SAC)
Newberry......... 000 000 0 - 0 3 2 (11-14, 5-5 SAC)
Pitchers: Catawba - Blake Ketner and Ryan Query. Newberry - Josh McElwee; Ernest Castellano(5) and Jim Pollack; Jose Rosa.
Win-Blake Ketner(6-1) Loss-Josh McElwee(3-1) T-1:40
Weather: 70s, Partly Cloudy
J. McElwee faced 2 batters in the 5th.

Game Two: Catawba 5, Newberry 4 (12 innings)
Newberry came back from an early deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but Catawba's lone run in the top of the 12th consigned Newberry to a defeat in the nightcap.

Catawba opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the second. Kevin McMillan (Salisbury, N.C.) led off with a walk and Brett Hatley (Salisbury, N.C.) reached on a single to left-center. An error on a failed pickoff attempt allowed McMillan to score and put Hatley at third. Zeb Link (Woodleaf, N.C.) drove in a run with a double to the gap in left-center and a Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, N.C.) RBI single gave Catawba a 3-0 lead. Query pushed the lead to 4-0 with two outs in the top of the third with a solo homerun to right-center.

Newberry chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) reached on a leadoff bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error on the play. Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) drove him in with an RBI double and Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) plated him with an RBI single to left-center.

In the bottom of the fifth, the scarlet and gray knotted the game up on a run-scoring single from Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) and another RBI double from Rohena.

However, after the offense of the first five innings, the game morphed into a pitching duel between Catawba's Nathan Furr (Albemarle, N.C.) and Newberry's Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.). Berryhill scattered three hits and struck out five through six scoreless innings of relief, while Furr allowed five hits in five innings of scoreless relief. The game was scheduled for seven innings, but the scoreboard was in the 10th inning before the magnificent pitching performances were through. Both pitchers worked through jams, stranding runners on third base in three instances.

Catawba's Lyerly only went 1-for-6 at the plate in the game, but the one hit turned out to be the game-changing play. A tough fly ball down the right field line with one down in the top of the 12th turned into a triple. Lyerly would score on a wild pitch to give Catawba the 5-4 lead. Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) tried to start a Newberry rally with a single in the bottom of the frame, but Trevor Mullins (Jamestown, N.C.) forced Pollack to ground into a double play to end the game.

Mullins moved to 3-2 on the season with the win for Catawba, while Dale Bennett (Summerville, S.C.) was pegged with the tough luck loss to move to 1-5 on the year.

Catawba 5, Newberry 4
(Mar 30, 2009 at Newberry, S.C.) (Game 2)
Catawba.......... 031 000 000 001 - 5 10 2 (18-9, 9-3 SAC)
Newberry......... 000 220 000 000 - 4 15 3 (11-15, 5-6 SAC)
Pitchers: Catawba - Tim Holmes; Wil Huneycutt(4); Travis McSweeney(5); Nathan Furr(6); Trevor Mullins(11) and Kevin McMillan; Ryan Query. Newberry - Chris Roman; Thomas Berryhill(4); Gary Hersey(10); Dale Bennett(11) and Jose Rosa; C.J. Tyrkala.
Win-Trevor Mullins(3-2) Loss-Dale Bennett(1-5) T-3:20 A-228
HR CATBB - Ryan Query (7).
Weather: 70s, Partly Cloudy
T.Holmes faced 3 batters in the 4th.