Greenville, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team improved to 2-6 on the young season on the strength of a six run bottom half of the seventh inning en route to an 11-8 victory over Coker College at Greenville Municipal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians struck first in the third inning for three runs. Coker reliever Jayson Clarke replaced starter Brad Boob and promptly hit the first two batters of the inning. With sophomore Kris Garcia on second and junior David Tunstill on first, Chase Bailey singled to load the bases.

Senior shortstop Anthony Dillenger got Newberry on the board with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Garcia.

Then Clarke hit his third batter of the inning filling the bases again, this time for Brandon Mand. The sophomore outfielder laced an inside pitch down the left field line plating Tunstill and Bailey.

With a three run lead, Coker chipped away in the top of the fourth with a Julio Gomez RBI single.

In the fifth, Indian starter Matthew Awtrey ran into trouble. With two on and two out, Cobra first baseman Ryan Schaeffer doubled in two runs. Coker third baseman Eric Losten then followed Schaeffer's double with one of his own pushing the Cobras to a 4-3 lead and ending Awtrey's afternoon.

The Cobra's again put up a three spot in the top half of the sixth when designated hitter Ben Davidson cleared the wall in left on the first pitch from freshman Indian reliever Dale Bennett for a three-run homer.

Down 7-3, Newberry began to slowly chip away. The scarlet and gray closed the gap to three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back doubles from centerfielder Adam Spadafora and catcher Brandon Gardner cut the lead to 7-4.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Indians exploded. Two straight singles and an error gave the Indians another bases loaded situation to lead off the inning. Newberry third baseman Ryan Easterby launched a line drive over Cobra centerfielder Ty Medlin's head driving in two.

Now down just a run with runners on second and third, Mand recorded his second hit of the afternoon and third RBI with a single to tie the game at 7-7.

Newberry put runners at every bag a second time in the seventh after an Adam Spadafora single and stolen base, followed by a walk drawn by Gardner. Junior leftfielder Nick Martin ripped one down the leftfield line clearing the bases for the Indians and giving Newberry a 10-7 lead.

Both teams would trade a run in the eighth inning, but Newberry righthander Darren Ruark shut the door in the top of the ninth to record the first save for the Indians in the 2007 season and preserve the win.

Newberry starter Matthew Awtrey went 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Dale Bennett picked up his first win (1-0) as an Indian in his first action of the season.

Coker reliever Kyle Strickland fell to 0-2 on the season.

For Newberry, five hitters recorded an RBI and every starter had a hit. Easterby finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in. Mand was also 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Dillenger stole two bases and now has swiped three on the year.

Coker's Davidson finished 3-for-4 with a homerun, three RBI, and two runs scored.

Newberry's 11 runs scored and 15 hits are both season-highs.

The Indians begin South Atlantic Conference action this weekend with a three game set against Mars Hill College. The first game is Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a twin bill scheduled on Saturday to start at 1 p.m. All Newberry home games will be played at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, S.C. Coker returns to teh diamond tomorrow at 2:0o p.m. as they host Claflin University.

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