WINGATE, N.C. - Fifth-seeded Newberry College won its first Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament game since 2005 on Friday, eliminating sixth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne with a 10-7 victory at Ron Christopher Stadium.
Newberry (18-22 overall) overcame a 6-4 deficit with six straight runs to give the Bears (24-21 overall) their second loss of the tournament.
Sophomore pitcher Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.; 3-5 record) picked up the win for the scarlet and gray, allowing only one run on two hits in seven innings of relief. He struck out eight batters and walked five. At one point, Roman retired 14 consecutive batters until L-R's Stephen Andrews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) broke that rally with a solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth, which was the only run scored on Roman.
Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) was 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, while Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) and Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) each drove in three runs.
Newberry started the game on an offensive tear, with Thomas Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) leading the game off with a triple. Rohena put Newberry's first run on the board with an RBI single through the left side to plate Berryhill and make it a 1-0 game. Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) and Rosa made it a 3-0 lead with back-to-back RBI singles, and Pollack scored on a first-and-third play to make it 4-0 in Newberry's favor after just half an inning.
The Bears roared back in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Two Newberry errors - their only defensive miscues of the game - allowed L-R to extend the inning and pick up five runs in the frame. Zach Glass (Salisbury, N.C.), Alex Cooks (Tampa, Fla.), Brian Dice (Hickory, N.C.) and Michael Pleau (Vero Beach, Fla.) each earned RBIs for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Max Loveland (Bradenton, Fla.) led off the third inning with his seventh homerun of the season to give the Bears a 6-4 lead and drive Newberry starter Ernest Castellano (Homestead, Fla.) from the game. But Roman shut the Bears down from there and got run support from his offense to earn the victory.
Newberry tied the game at 6-all in the fourth inning on a clutch two-out, two-run single down the left field line and took a four-run lead in the top of the fifth. Grider led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a Pollack double. Rosa drove the pair in with a single to left and moved to third on a fielding error. Derek Bley (Upper Arlington, Ohio) plated Rosa with a sacrifice bunt and Hunter Wynn (Vero Beach, Fla.) would score on a two-out error.
Newberry pounded out 18 hits in the game and eight of the nine Newberry starters earned base hits in the game.
The win was Newberry's first SAC Tournament victory since April 21, 2005, when the seventh-seeded Indians defeated second-seeded Tusculum, 10-4. Russell Haltiwanger allowed only four runs in eight innings in that game.
Newberry 10, Lenoir-Rhyne 7
(Apr 24, 2009 at Wingate, N.C.)
Newberry............ 400 240 000 - 10 18 2 (18-22)
Lenoir-Rhyne........ 501 000 001 - 7 7 3 (24-21)
Pitchers: Newberry - Ernest Castellano; Chris Roman(3) and Jose Rosa; C.J. Tyrkala. Lenoir-Rhyne - Will Moseley; Ben Goldston(1); Trent Davis(5) and Rob Knight.
Win-Chris Roman(3-5) Loss-Ben Goldston(1-1) T-3:02 A-127
HR LRU - Max Loveland (7); Stephen Andrews (3).
E.Castellano faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
B. Goldston faced 4 batters in the 5th.
FULL BOX SCORE