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Barton goes winless in Mid-South Classic

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Barton softball team lost both its games Sunday in the Mid-South Classic, finishing the two-day event 0-4.

The Lady Bulldogs lost 8-2 to Tiffin before a 6-2 defeat at the hands of UNC Pembroke, which dealt Barton a 4-3 loss Saturday. Barton (5-9) also was shut out 4-0 by Augusta on Saturday.

Freshman Hayley Grizzle went 3 for 7 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday’s games.

Against UNC Pembroke on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. Suddenly, the deficit was only 4-3 when sophomore Sierra Hearp blasted a three-run home run that scored freshman pinch runner Nohealani Burden and senior second baseman Brittany Jacobs ahead of her.

Barton threatened in the seventh, but UNC Pembroke’s Malerie Leviner relieved starter and winner Breezy Yelton and got the final out.

Barton managed six hits, with freshman Ashton Pegram, Hearp, junior Hannah Jones, Jacobs, freshman Jordan Blake and freshman Taylor Freeman banging out one each.

The Lady Bulldogs host St. Augustine’s for a nonconference doubleheader Wednesday at Jeffries Field, starting at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY

Game 1

Score by innings:

Tiffin0214001—8

Barton0002000—2

WP-Tiffany Snell (3-0) 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. LP-Makayla Meeks (0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Tiffin: Jamie Sevenish 2-4, R, RBI; Sierra Besser-Paul 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; April Bennett 1-2, RBI. Barton: Sierra Hearp 1-2, R; Hayley Grizzle 1-3, R.

Game 2

Score by innings:

UNCP1010121—6

Barton1000100—2

WP-Malerie Leviner (4-2) 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Teagan Crosby (1-2) 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — UNC Pembroke: Jamie Johnson 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Bailey Hoch 1-3, 2B, R; Toni Nelson 1-1, RBI. Barton: Sierra Hearp 2-2, 2B, 2 R; Haley Grizzle 1-4, RBI; Brittany Jacobs 1-3, RBI.

SATURDAY

Game 1

Score by innings:

Augusta1000003—4

Barton0000000—0

WP-Morgan Hunter (3-4) 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (1-4) 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Augusta: Carolyn Edwards 3-4, 2 RBI; Marni Greenstein 2-2, 2 3B, 2 R; Cassie Blizzard 1-2, HR. Barton: Hannah Jones 1-2, Hayley Grizzle 1-2, Taylor Freeman 1-3, Brittany Jacobs 1-3, Ashton Pegram 1-3.

Game 2

Score by innings:

UNCP01200100—4

Barton0000030—3

WP-Breezy Yelton (6-1) 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. LP-Sierra Hearp (2-2) 3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. Save-Malerie Leviner (1) 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — UNC Pembroke: Jamie Johnson 3-4, 3B, 2B, 2 R;Alex Watkins 3-4, 2B. Barton: Sierra Hearp 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Ashton Pegram 1-2, Hannah Jones 1-2, Jordan Blake 1-2, Taylor Freeman 1-2.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Lady Bulldogs notch conference win

DUE WEST, S.C. — The Barton College women’s lacrosse team rallied to its program-record third consecutive win by a 9-8 margin against NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas rival Erskine College on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs, now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, exceeded last season’s win output and posted their first conference win decided in competition on the field. Barton picked up a league win by forfeit last season. The Lady Fleet plunged to 1-2 and 1-4, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 8-7 when Erskine’s Raven Smith scored off an assist from Amanda Epstein with 10 minutes, 36 seconds remaining.

Barton, however, drew even at 8-8 on freshman Angelina Scarpa’s second goal of the match and seventh of the season with 6:39 remaining. Kayli Ashenfelter had the assist.

Freshman Jenna Brunclik netted the match-winner 29 seconds later. Lauren Fletcher assisted.
Brunclik paced Barton with four goals, pushing her total to a team-high 18 in just four matches. Scarpa and Ashenfelter each added two goals and an assist. Natalie Brooks contributed the other goal.

Barton freshman goalie Katherine Mattena posted 11 saves, including on all three Erskine attempts in the final 7 1/2 minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs are next in action on Monday, March 5, against Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Lady Bulldogs top Methodist 6-3

In its women’s tennis home opener Saturday, Barton pulled out a 6-3 victory against NCAA Division III Methodist College.

Barton’s Daria Avram-Marissa Stevenson won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles before the Lady Bulldogs’ No. 2 tandem of Vanessa Sanoja-Ada Vargas notched an 8-3 victory to give them a 2-1 lead entering singles play.

Sanoja claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles before Stevenson pulled out a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Methodist’s Ashton Walker, a former C.B. Aycock High standout, at No. 3 to give Barton a 4-3 lead.

Vargas, a freshman, then rallied from a 6-3 loss in her first set at No. 4 against Methodist’s Laura Brown to win the next two sets, 6-1, 6-0, for the clinching point.

Avram won at No. 1, defeating Jenna Landis 7-5, 6-4.

Barton, now 2-4, will host Francis Marion on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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