Gray Has Crusaders Seeing Red As Vikings Top Tennessee Temple 5-1
By Matthew D. Stokes
BerryVikings.com Staff Writer
ROME, Ga. – With Casey Gray dealing and the bats alive and well, Berry College rolled to a 5-1 victory over Tennessee Temple on a sunny Friday afternoon at Berry's William R. Bowdoin Field.
Gray (4-4) pitched his complete second game of 2012, spreading out nine hits over nine frames and allowing one earned run. He struck out three and did not issue a walk until the sixth inning, the lone base on balls he gave up all afternoon.
"I thought he did a great job," said Berry head coach David Beasley. "He threw well for about four innings then he ran into a lull there where his pitches weren't as sharp. He settled down in the last four innings and forced contact."
Meanwhile, the offense quietly put together 13 hits off Tennessee Temple starter Josh Daniel. T.C. Boyd and Austin Neely both recorded three singles apiece for Berry while Cason Dremann, Zach Famer and Drew McDuffie each chipped in two base hits.
Dremann drove in two runs while McDuffie and Thomas Johnson each delivered an RBI.
"We had some big hits," Beasley. "For about the last two weeks I felt like we've been trying to do too much, and today we went back to the basics."
Daniel took the loss, pitching a complete game. He surrendered five earned runs on 13 hits and struck out four.
Chris Altman and Taylor Wilson both ripped two singles apiece for Tennessee Temple.
Berry will attempt to complete the four-game season sweep of the Crusaders tomorrow in a twin bill. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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