NEWBERRY – The Newberry College baseball team used a strong third inning, scoring six runs after sending 11 batters to the plate, to defeat Carson-Newman 7-4 Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at the Smith Road Complex.
After Carson-Newman (10-14, 2-5 SAC) broke a scoreless game in the top of the third to lead 1-0, Newberry (14-12, 3-4 SAC) came alive at the plate, scoring six runs on five hits and an error.
The bottom of frame saw the Wolves send 11 batters up to bat, highlighted by Danton Hyman’s two-RBI double, as Newberry took control of the contest with a 6-1 advantage.
Carson-Newman responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. Hyman ended the damage after tossing a cannon from center, cutting down Eric Lynch at the plate for a critical double play.
Daymon Totherow added an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI-single to center that plated Hyman, increasing Newberry’s advantage to 7-4.
Zack Kelly picked up his fourth win for Newberry, tossing 6 2 innings while striking out nine batters. Dylan Southerland shut the door behind Kelly, notching his first save of the season, pitching 2.1 innings allowing zero hits and striking out three.
Eight out of the nine Newberry starters collected a hit in the contest. The Wolves were led at the plate by Hyman, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Totherow and Cody Ezzell collected two hits apiece for Newberry. Tonight’s contest marks the fifth-straight win against the Eagles at the Smith Road Complex.
Will Gardner took the loss for Carson-Newman after allowing 12 hits and seven runs. Three Eagles recorded two hits apiece.
The two teams will decide the series tomorrow afternoon at the Smith Road Complex. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.