Brevard, N.C. – The bats came alive for Newberry College on Sunday afternoon, as they slugged their way past Brevard, 12-4, at Gil Coan Field. The win completes a three-game sweep for the scarlet and gray in the South Atlantic Conference series.
Newberry (8-5, 3-0 SAC) was led by Jovan Rohena (Trujilo Alto, Puerto Rico), who was 4-5 on the day and belted his first two home runs of the season. Ernie Castellano (Homestead, Fla.) pitched four and two-thirds innings of relief work, allowing only one unearned run and striking out six to pick up the victory.
Shane Galloway (Rosman, N.C.) picked up the loss for the Tornados (5-5, 0-3 SAC), allowing seven runs in four and one-third innings pitched. Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, N.C.) was 2-5 with 2 RBI for Brevard.
Newberry opened their scoring account in the 2nd inning, when Rohena smacked a home run that just cleared the left field wall, giving the visitors the lead.
The scarlet and gray hung four runs on the board in the 3rd inning. With two on and one out, Casio Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) tripled to right center, making the score 3-0. Grider came home when Scott Horvath (Apopka, Fla.) followed with a single, and three batters later Jose Rosa (Keystone Heights, Fla.) tallied an RBI single to make the score 5-0.
The road nine added to the lead in the 5th, starting with a two-run homer from Rohena to make the score 7-0. After Seth Laughter (Fletcher, N.C.) relieved Galloway, Rosa touched home on a wild pitch to put Newberry up by eight.
Brevard got on the board in the bottom of the 5th. With the bases juiced, Brice Warner (Clover, S.C.) drew a walk to put up the first Tornado tally of the day. Two batters later, Mullis singled home a pair to make the score 8-3.
The Tornados added another in the 6th, as Kellen Moman (Greenville, S.C.) singled home a run to make the score 8-4.
Newberry tacked three runs on in the 7th. With the bases loaded, Phillip Bartz (LaCrescent, Minn.) scored a pair with an RBI single. The next batter, John Kirkland (Orlando, Fla.) also singled home a run to make the score 11-4.
Newberry’s final run came in the 8th, when Jim Pollack (Homer, Alaska) singled home Pollack to make the tally 12-4 in favor of the road side.
Brevard looks to stop a four game slide when they host King College Tuesday at 1 p.m. Newberry plays at Coker on Wednesday at 3 p.m.