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Win: Josh McElwee (4-1) 9.052247
Loss: Dusty White (3-3) 7.0105502
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Newberry nine take down Wingate Bulldogs, 5-2
McElwee pitched a complete game while striking out seven batters

Newberry nine take down Wingate Bulldogs, 5-2
Friday, April 3, 2009

WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team took the first game of its road series by defeating the Wingate Bulldogs, 5-2.

Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) played solid ball in his team's win by hitting 3-for-4 with one RBI. Despite going 1-for-5 at the plate, Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) earned a game high 2 RBI's.

Coming off of a momentum-changing win against Augusta State, Newberry posted the first run of the game by scoring in the top of the first. Lead off batter Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) reached base on a single up the middle. Two batters later, Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) grounded out to second base but drove Berryhill home to give the scarlet and gray an early lead.

The lead didn't last long as Wingate took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth inning. After five scoreless innings, Newberry had their strongest side of the night by taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh.

John Fogarile (New York, N.Y.) started the seventh off by singling to the shortstop and Berryhill later reached base on a hit by pitch. Michael Morin (Miami, Fla.) drove Fogarile in with a sacrifice hit and Rohena drove Berryhill in with a single up the middle.

After catcher Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) reached base on a single, Casio Grider capped off the stellar inning by driving in two runs with a single through the left side. The four run inning proved to be enough as Wingate was held scoreless for the rest of the night.

Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) earned the win in dominant fashion by pitching his first complete game of the season. Over nine innings, he only allowed five hits while striking out seven batters.

Above all, McElwee showed great composure in his dominant performance. After Wingate took the lead in the fifth inning, the sophomore turned it up a notch and refused to allow a hit for the final four innings. The loss went to Wingate's Dusty White who gave up four earned runs in the seventh inning.

The Newberry College baseball team now improves to 13-15 overall and 6-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. The scarlet and gray will finish their weekend series at Wingate (17-21, 6-8 in the SAC) with a double-header starting tomorrow at 1 pm.