Hartsville, SC- The Coker Baseball Team played the Newberry Indians to a 7-7 tie in a game that had to be called in the top of the tenth due to darkness. This is Coker’s second tie in school history, the first coming against Belmont Abbey College in 2002.


Coker moves to 0-1-1 on the season, while Newberry moves to 1-4-1.


Newberry got things started early, scoring two runs in the first when Carlos Pupo hit a triple to deep center field that scored Jimmy Bertelson from second. Pupo would then score when Coker’s relay throw ended up in the Newberry dugout. Pupo would strike again in the third inning when he hit another triple, this time driving in two runs. He then scored when a ball got past Coker catcher Carlton Deese.


With Newberry lead 5-0 after just three innings Coker began to make a come back, thanks to some timely errors by the Indians.


Coker’s Nic Fletcher led off the third by reaching first on an error by Bertelson and then stealing second. Fletcher would advance to third on a past ball and then score on a Newberry wild pitch. Then a pair of RBI singles by Steve Evans and TJ Dawson would drive Newberry pitcher Jared Locke from the game.  Deese would then give the Cobras their third RBI single of the inning and a 4-3 lead.


In the top of the fourth Coker’s Brad Boob came on in relief of Cobra starter Jason Clarke, and Boob held the Indians scoreless for three innings. Coker added a run to their lead in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single from Ryan Schaeffer. However, Newberry would answer with two runs of their own in the top of the seventh, off a Brandon Manasa single and when Nick Martin stole home.


Coker would tie the game at seven when with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth, Schaeffer struck again, as he lined a base hit into right scoring two.


The game remained tied at seven through nine innings and in the top of the tenth Newberry at bat and runners on second and third, the umpires called the game due to darkness.


For the Cobras Schaeffer was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Evans was also 2-for-4 with and RBI and a run scored.


Newberry was lead by Pupo, going 2-for-4, with two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Manasa went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Nick Martin and Jimmy Bertelson both went 2-for-4 for the Indians.


Coker returns to action on Thursday, February 9, as they travel to Augusta State, while Newberry continues their season on the road as they travel to St. Leo, FL, for the Bob Tewksbury Invite.