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Win: Chauncey Mattei (1-1) 0.210010
Loss: Chris Henderson (5-2) 1.022210
Casio Grider (NEW) 423101
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 413200
Alex Cooks (LRU) 303010
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Win: Blake Edmonson (4-2) 3.030001
Loss: Chris Roman (2-5) 0.023310
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 413000
Hank Wofford (LRU) 422000
Evan Taylor (LRU) 422601
Michael Pleau (LRU) 212010
Baseball splits SAC doubleheader at Lenoir-Rhyne
Grider hit his second homerun of the season

Baseball splits SAC doubleheader at Lenoir-Rhyne
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry College baseball team split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University at Bears Field on Tuesday afternoon. Newberry won the first game by a 7-6 count and dropped the nightcap by a score of 8-5.

Newberry moves to 15-17 overall and 8-8 in conference play, while Lenoir-Rhyne is now 23-14 overall and 9-6 in the SAC. Newberry returns to action on Friday night at the Smith Road Complex, as the scarlet and gray host No. 10 Tusculum for the first of a three-game SAC series at 7 p.m. The series will wrap up with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Game One: Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 6
Newberry got off to a hot start, but fell behind before a seventh-inning comeback gave the scarlet and gray the win in the opener on a two-run single from Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.).

Berryhill got the first inning rally started with a one-out triple to center. Second baseman Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) followed him with a two-run homerun to right field - his fourth of the season - to give Newberry the quick 2-0 lead. Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) walked and Edmund Gravely (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Hunter Wynn (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit a two-run single to give Newberry a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

Michael Pleau (Vero Beach, Fla.) got the Bears onto the board as he led the bottom of the third off with a homer to left, and Evan Taylor (Charlotte, N.C.)'s leadoff homer to right in the fourth cut the lead to 4-2.

Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) answered in the top of the fifth with his second homer of the season to put Newberry up 5-2. But the Bears roared into the lead in the bottom of the sixth. A pair of singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases with one out and Pleau cleared the bases with a triple to tie the game. L-R took its first lead of the game at 6-5 when Hank Wofford (Clover, S.C.) singled Pleau home.

Newberry would not go away without a fight though. Michael Morin (Miami, Fla.) led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Derek Bley (Upper Arlington, Ohio). Grider's double put runners on second and third with one out, and Berryhill's single to left put NC back ahead by a 7-6 margin.

Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.) came in to close out the game for the scarlet and gray, but not without a little bit of drama. Roman walked the first two batters he saw and a Chris Tucker (Hawthorne, N.Y.) sac bunt put runners on second and third with one out. However, Roman struck out Stephen Andrews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) before intentionally walking the dangerous Pleau to load the bases with two outs. With the bases full of Bears, Roman got Wofford to fly out to center to clinch the win for Newberry.

Starter Josh McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) went 5-1/3 innings, giving up six earned runs and striking out four, picking up no decision. Chauncey Mattei (Greenville, S.C.) moved to 1-1 on the season after allowing one hit in two-thirds of a scoreless inning. Roman earned his second save of the season with the scoreless seventh inning. L-R's Chris Henderson moved to 5-2 on the season after allowing two runs in the seventh.

Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 6
(Apr 07, 2009 at Hickory, N.C.) (Game 1)
Newberry............ 400 010 2 - 7 12 0 (15-16, 8-7 SAC)
Lenoir-Rhyne........ 001 104 0 - 6 9 0 (22-14, 8-6 SAC)
Pitchers: Newberry - Josh McElwee; Chauncey Mattei(6); Chris Roman(7) and Jim Pollack. Lenoir-Rhyne - Max Loveland; Anthony Sully(6); Chris Henderson(7) and Rob Knight.
Win-Chauncey Mattei(1-1) Save-Chris Roman(2) Loss-Chris Henderson(5-2) T-2:20 A-0
HR NEW - Casio Grider; Jovan Rohena.
HR LRU - Evan Taylor; Michael Pleau.

Game Two: Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Newberry 5
Newberry fell behind early and came back to take a lead, but a walk-off grand slam from Evan Taylor gave the Bears the win in the nightcap. Taylor had six RBIs in the game.

Newberry took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Berryhill scored from third on a double steal attempt. L-R took a 2-1 lead on a two-run double from Taylor. Zach Glass' (Salisbury, N.C.) RBI single followed by a run-scoring groundout from Brian Dice (Hickory, N.C.) gave the Bears a 4-1 lead after the first inning.

The scarlet and gray narrowed that deficit to a single run on RBIs from Wynn and Bley with the bases loaded, cutting the lead to 4-3. Newberry took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth, when Grider hit a two-run triple to center.

After a shaky first inning, Newberry starter Ernest Castellano (Homestead, Fla.) calmed down impressively, allowing only two hits and three walks until he was pulled with one out in the bottom of the seventh. However, with Roman on the hill, a Wofford single, a wild pitch and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Roman saw his record go down to 2-5 on the year as he watched a grand slam from Taylor fly over the fence in left center to give the Bears the 8-5 win.

A definitive bright spot for the Newberry squad entering this weekend's tough series against 10th-ranked Tusculum was improved fielding, as the scarlet and gray did not commit an error in the 14 innings played.

Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Newberry 5
(Apr 07, 2009 at Hickory, N.C.) (Game 2)
Newberry............ 120 200 0 - 5 12 0 (15-17, 8-8 SAC)
Lenoir-Rhyne........ 400 000 4 - 8 7 0 (23-14, 9-6 SAC)
Pitchers: Newberry - Ernest Castellano; Chris Roman(7) and Jose Rosa. Lenoir-Rhyne - Ben Goldston; Blake Edmonson(5) and Brian Dice.
Win-Blake Edmonson(4-2) Loss-Chris Roman(2-5) T-2:10 A-150
HR LRU - Evan Taylor.
Chris Roman faced 3 batters in the 7th.