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Win: Tyler Almond (3-3) 8.052215
Loss: Dale Bennett (1-6) 1.043300
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 402000
C. Allison (WU) 634100
D. McPherson (WU) 514210
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Win: Thomas Berryhill (1-1) 6.153224
Loss: Joshua Karr (1-1) 4.174402
Casio Grider (NEW) 422301
Jim Pollack (NEW) 412200
John Kirkland (NEW) 412300
Hunter Wynn (NEW) 322110
Phillip Bartz (NEW) 212100
C. Allison (WU) 413000
Newberry nine split with Wingate Bulldogs
Casio Grider hit his first home run of the season

Newberry nine split with Wingate Bulldogs
Saturday, April 4, 2009

WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team clinched the weekend series victory with a double-header split on the road against the Wingate Bulldogs. The scarlet and gray lost the first game, 18-3, but won the final game, 11-3.

The win puts Newberry at 14-16 overall and 7-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The squad will return to the field on Tuesday in a road double-header against Lenoir-Rhyne at 3 p.m. Next up for Wingate (19-22, 8-9 in the SAC) will be a road game against Belmont Abbey this Tuesday at 3 pm.

Game One: Wingate 18, Newberry, 3 Box Score

Newberry did not start off the day on a positive note as they dropped the opening game of Saturday's double-header, 18-3.

Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) was Newberry's strongest batter of the game, earning two hits on four at bats. Wingate's Aaron Knowles had a phenomenal day, hitting 3-for-6 with five RBI's.

Michael Morin (Miami, Fla.) was the first player to score on Saturday. He reached base on a walk before advancing to third by way of a Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) single and a fielder's choice from Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska). During the next at bat, Pollack stole second and Morin stole home to give Newberry their only lead of the game. It was Morin's fifth stolen base of the season.

Newberry's lead wouldn't last long as the Bulldogs went on a scoring run through the first two innings. Newberry pitchers Dale Bennett (Summerville, S.C.) and Chris Mattei (Greenville, S.C.) struggled to hold Wingate down as they gave up a combined eight hits and five earned runs over the opening two innings.

Wingate had another monster inning in the bottom of the fourth in which they posted six runs on four hits. Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) came in during the middle of the inning and gave up four runs, none of which were earned. The fourth inning scoring spree gave Wingate an 11-1 lead with five innings remaining.

Newberry's three-inning scoring drought ended in the fifth when the scarlet and gray put another run on the board. John Fogarile (New York, N.Y.) landed on base by earning Newberry's second hit of the day and was sent home by Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) on a single to left field.

The Bulldogs answered back in the seventh inning with two runs of their own. In the eighth, Wingate capped off its huge scoring game with five more runs, four of which were off home runs. In the ninth and final inning, Fogarile hit an RBI ground out to earn Newberry's final run of the game.

Wingate's Tyler Almond earned the win by holding the scarlet and gray to five hits over eight innings while striking out five batters. Bennett, who only pitched one inning, earned the loss.

Game Two: Newberry 11, Wingate 3 Box Score

Newberry wraps up the weekend series against Wingate with a big victory, 11-3.

Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) had a strong outing and helped his team earn the win. He hit 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in a total of three runs. John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) also played well, batting 2-for-4 with three RBI's. Wingate's Casey Allison played well for his squad, batting 3-for-4 with one run.

In the second game of the day, Wingate put themselves on the board immediately with a run in the first inning. Newberry trailed for three innings until the squad put its first run of the game on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Morin started the inning off with a single up the middle before Pollack drove him home with a double to left field.

Newberry had their biggest inning of the day in the fifth when they took a three point lead over the home team. Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) hit his first triple of the season which drove in Hunter Wynn (Vero Beach, Fla.) who reached base on a single to the shortstop. Grider capped off the inning with a two run jack to left field. It was Grider's first home run of the season.

Wingate slowly crept back in the game with a runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Newberry's offense did the best it could to slam the door on the bulldogs by posting seven runs in the seventh and final inning.

Casio Grider started the scoring run with an RBI single to left field. Pollack and Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) would later both hit RBI singles which pushed the scarlet and gray's lead to four runs. Kirkland had the biggest hit of the inning with a double down the left field line that brought three runs in. Wynn batted in the team's final run of the game with a single through the right side that brought Kirkland home.

Wingate had one last attempt to take the weekend series but left two runners stranded on base. Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.) came into the game with two outs remaining and struck out two consecutive batters, sealing the eight run victory for the scarlet and gray.

In his first start this season, Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) earned the win and looked solid throughout the contest. In 6.1 innings pitched he held the Bulldogs to five hits and two earned runs. He also matched his season high of five strikeouts. Joshua Karr earned the loss after giving up Newberry's first four runs.