GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Tusculum finished off a South Atlantic Conference sweep of Newberry with a 7-6 win on an unearned run in the 11th inning on a chilly Saturday in Tennessee.
The Pioneers (13-8, 6-3 SAC) began the decisive frame with a walk by catcher Cole Baxley. He advanced to second on a passed ball, then moved up 90 feet on a foulout to first baseman Trejon Smith that was the second out of the inning. Center fielder Jeremy Glore swatted a Tyler Fuhr offering up the middle two pitches later to drive home the winning run.
The Pioneers outscored Newberry (12-12, 2-4 SAC) 5-0 following a three-run top of the sixth for the Wolves. Newberry took advantage of a trio of Pioneer errors during the inning that included an RBI fielder’s choice from O’Kevius Conway, a squeeze bunt by Colin Allman, and a Daymon Totherow RBI single.
Totherow was Newberry’s top offensive performer, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI during the contest. He was one of six Wolves that finished with one RBI apiece. Conway joined Totherow with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Tusculum saw five of its players record multiple hits, including four by Friday hero Nick Lacina and three from Edison Cabrera. The Pioneers outhit Newberry 15-9 but finished with four errors while Newberry was perfect defensively.
Reliever Christian Raasch earned the win for Tusculum, giving up just two hits in his four innings out of the bullpen. He combined with McKenly Berry and Dalton Boslooper to give the Tusculum bullpen 5.2 quality innings, allowing Newberry one walk and two hits while recording five strikeouts.
Fuhr suffered the loss from Newberry despite allowing a single hit and no earned runs. Freshman Josh Stempihar took a no-decision in his sixth career start. He matched his career high with five strikeouts and did not issue a walk for the fourth time this season. Hunter Hill and Barrett Walton combined to allow four hits and a run in three innings of work.
Danton Hyman was 0-for-3 on the day, snapping a string of 33 consecutive games in which he had reached base that dated back to April 15, 2016. Totherow has now reached safely in 34 of his past 35 outings.
Newberry returns to action on Tuesday at the Smith Road Complex as the Wolves conclude their season series with Erskine. First pitch against the Flying Fleet is set for 6:00 p.m.