February 17, 2010123456789RHE
Win: Evan Brown (1-0) 1.000010
Loss: Seay (1-1) 0.124411
Maloney (LC2010) 533503
Sanchez Gartman (NEW) 514100
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 524200
Newberry nine give Rikeman 450th career victory with 11-7 win over Limestone
Newberry College head coach Bob Rikeman earned his 450th career victory with an 11-7 win over Limestone

Newberry nine give Rikeman 450th career victory with 11-7 win over Limestone
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head baseball coach Bob Rikeman earned his 450th career victory as the scarlet and gray defeated Limestone College, 11-7, at the Smith Road Complex on Wednesday.

Newberry (6-3) wins its third straight game on the strength of 18 base hits in the game. On a designated "staff day," the scarlet and gray used eight pitchers to earn the win. Evan Brown (1-0; Columbia, S.C.) earned the victory, throwing a scoreless fifth inning. Gary Hersey (Key West, Fla.) also allowed no runs in the eighth inning. Limestone (2-3) was led by Joe Maloney (Aston, Pa.), who hit three homeruns and drove in five runs on those hits.

Newberry took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Pierce Labrador (Lexington, S.C.) and Sanchez Gartman (Newberry, S.C.) each recorded singles. The pair executed a great first-and-third base play, allowing Labrador to scamper home and give Newberry a 1-0 lead. Limestone took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second on a two-run homer by Maloney.

Newberry reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third on an Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) RBI double and a Gartman RBI single to take a 3-2 lead. Vogel's double would be Newberry's only extra-base hit of the night. Limestone tied the game in the top of the fourth on a solo shot just over the edge of the left field fence by Maloney.

The scarlet and gray took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Labrador struck out to start the inning, eight straight Newberry batters reached base. Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) hit an RBI single and Roland Haskins (Alexandria, Va.) and Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) each hit two-run singles up the middle to take an 8-3 lead.

Limestone cut into the lead on a sacrifice fly by Michael Hughey (Gaffney, S.C.) in the sixth, but Newberry put up three runs in the bottom of the inning. Rohena and Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) each hit RBI singles and executed a double-steal from first and third to give Newberry an 11-4 lead.

The Saints picked up two runs in the seventh on a two-run homer from Maloney and a ninth inning RBI single by Josh Troutman (North Augusta, S.C.), but could get no closer as Newberry won its third straight game.

Six Newberry players earned multiple hits in the game, led by Gartman and Rohena, who each went 4-for-5 in the game. Labrador earned three hits, while Vogel, Horvath and Rosa each hit twice.

Newberry will look to keep the winning streak going this weekend with a four-game series against Seton Hill University. There will be a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., with Sunday's doubleheader beginning at noon.

Newberry 11, Limestone 7
(Feb 17, 2010 at Newberry, S.C.)
Limestone........... 020 101 201 - 7 16 0 (2-3)
Newberry............ 102 053 00X - 11 18 0 (6-3)
Pitchers: Limestone - Clint Medlin; George Hardin(4); Casey Seay(5); Andrew Thompson(5); Jordan Robinson(6); Donnie Sturgill(7); Cameron Ward(8) and Joe Maloney. Newberry - Sean Holsonback; Zach Tutak(3); DJ Hearsey(4); Evan Brown(5); Mario Rojas(6); Chauncey Mattei(7); Gary Hersey(8); Dale Bennett(9) and CJ Tyrkala.
Win-Evan Brown(1-0) Loss-Casey Seay(1-1) T-3:01 A-190
HR LC2010 - Joe Maloney 3 (4).