Mars Hill drops series opener versus No. 24 Newberry

Mars Hill drops series opener versus No. 24 Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Mars Hill baseball team (11-13, 2-7 SAC) were downed by No. 24 Newberry (20-7, 6-1 SAC) by a score of 10-4 in South Atlantic Conference play Friday evening.

With the game tied at four entering the bottom of the sixth, Newberry would score six unanswered runs over the next two innings to claim the 10-4 win.  Danton Hyman's RBI single with the bases loaded proved to be the game-winning run.  Hyman later scored on a two-run sacrifice fly to give the Wolves a three-run advantage entering the seventh.

Peyton Spangler's RBI single plated Ian Clements and later scored off of a Dalton Lansdowne two-run single for Newberry's 10th run of the contest.

Mars Hill held the early 3-0 lead after two innings of play.  Brett Brubaker's solo home run in the top of the first was his fifth of the season.  With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Daniel Vitello's two-run double plated Adam Plouffe and Paul Martin to put the Lions up by three.

The Wolves began their comeback bid in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to take their first lead of the game.  Lansdowne doubled to right center field, scoring both Spangler and Nick Butler.  After tying the game off of a Lions' error, Tyler White's RBI double to left center field scored Aidan Baur to give the Wolves a 4-3 lead after five.

The Lions knotted the game at four in the top of the sixth.  With runners on second and third, a passed ball allowed both runners to advance with Matt Honeycutt scoring the tying run.

Lansdowne led all players with four RBI in the contest.  He, along with Butler, each had a game-high three hits.  Both Brubaker and Martin led the Lions with two hits apiece.  Vitello drove in a team-high two RBI.

Quinton Driggers earned his sixth win of the season, striking out four and allowing one run on one hit in four innings pitched.  Brad Dzeskewicz suffered the loss, allowing five runs on three hits in 1.1 innings thrown.

The Lions will square off against Newberry on Saturday, March 16th in doubleheader action to close out the three-game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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