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Sophomore Gatlin Pate finished a triple shy of the cycle in the finale, and the Barton College baseball team unleashed a torrent of offense as the Bulldogs slammed their way to a sweep of Mercy (New York) College by scores of 20-6 and 11-0 in five innings at Nixon Field.
Barton, emerging with a three-game winning streak, moved to 7-4. Mercy, playing out of the East Coast Conference, lost its first two games of the year.
Jakob Ryan held the Mercy bats in check in the finale, allowing just one hit, while striking out six and walking two in his five innings of work. Barton, leading 2-0, separated with nine runs in the bottom of the third before the contest was halted due to darkness. Mercy was assessed six errors.
Pate kicked off his 3-for-3 showing in the secod with a two-run homer to left center that scored Juan Martinez. He added an RBI single in the third and later in the inning, slammed a run-scoring double to the gap in left center as part of the nine-run spree.
Martinez, who had four hits in the twinbill, also doubled home a run in the third. Troy Maslowski and Noah Almond also collected two hits for Barton.
Luis Grullart took the loss for Mercy, allowing five hits in 2 1/3 innings. The Bulldogs hammered out 12 hits.
In the opener, Barton promptly erased a 2-0 deficit after a half inning by scoring in every trip to the plate. Barton tied it at 2 in the bottom of the first on a Hunter Pearre single and a Colby Warren sacrifice fly before obliterating the scoreboard with three runs in the second and seven more in the third.
Three Bulldogs had home runs, including a two-run shot from Jacob Marcos in the second. Marcos was 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. Trevor Edior and Noah Almond each had solo homers in the Barton sixth.
Maslowski had a bases-clearing, three-run triple to right center in the fifth to put the Bulldogs up 10-5.
Chase Long, a Hunt High product, won in relief for Barton, allowing two hits over three innings. He struck out four without a walk in relief of Colby Shimmel.
Kevin Tise took the loss for Mercy, lasting two innings and yielding five hits. Four of his six runs were earned.
Weather permitting, the series continues with a single game Saturday at noon and wraps up with a fourth contest at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Score by innings:
Mercy 230 000 1 — 6
Barton 237 152 x — 20
WP-Chase Long (1-0) 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. LP-Kevin Tise (0-1) 2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: JoJo Allen 2-4, 2 RBI, Troy Maslowski 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI; Juan Martinez 2-3, 2B, RBI; Noah Almond 1-1, HR, RBI; Trevor Edior 1-1, HR, RBI; Jacob Marcos 3-3, HR, 4 RBI; Mercy: Joseph Sadallah 2-4, HR, RBI; John Mooradian 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI.
Score by innings:
Mercy 000 00 — 0
Barton 029 00 — 11
WP-Jakob Ryan (2-1) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Luis Grullart (0-1) 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Gatlin Pate 3-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Noah Almond 2-2, RBI, Troy Maslowski 2-4, 2 RBI; Juan Martinez 2-2, RBI, 3 R; Mercy: Adonis Garcia 1-2.
Barton splits with Catawba
After conceding a pair of home runs in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader with Catawba College, darkness settling over Jeffries Field enabled the Barton College softball team to salvage to escape with a 1-0, five-inning victory in the second contest.
Barton (2-6) of Conference Carolinas lost the first game 7-2, while the South Atlantic Conference Indians moved to 7-3.
Lady Bulldogs starter Makayla Meeks, a senior left-hander, orchestrated a four-hit shutout over five innings prior to the stoppage, striking out three and walking one. Barton picked up the only run it would need in the first, with senior Hannah Jones lacing a single following a nine-pitch at bat.
Jones stole second and scored on a Catawba throwing error in right field. Barton senior Jessica Onega reached on the play.
Meeks danced out of danger in each of the second, third and fourth innings, stranding runners at third each time.
Each team finished with four hits as Catawba’s Brooke Walser took the loss, despite allowing just the one unearned run. Walser struck out four without a walk.
In the opening game, Barton fell behind in the first inning after a two-run homer from Catawba’s Preston Ellenburg. The Lady Bulldogs scratched back two runs in the third on Onega’s RBI single and a Jordan Blake sacrifice fly, but in the sixth, a three-run homer to center from Allie Baker helped the Indians pull away.
Each team finished with nine hits in the opener, with Barton responsible for three errors. Jones took the loss in the circle, pitching the first three innings and allowing three runs.
Ellenberg went the distance for Catawba, striking out seven and not surrendering a walk. Hayley Grizzle was 3 for 4 to pace Barton offensively. Sophomore Taylor Freeman, who was 2 for 4, doubled in the fourth.
Barton concludes an eight-game homestand Sunday with a noon doubleheader against the University of Charleston (West Virginia).
Score by innings:
Catawba 210 013 0 — 7
Barton 002 000 0 — 2
WP-Preston Ellenberg (3-0) 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (1-4) 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Catawba: Allie Baker 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Preston Ellenberg 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Barton: Haley Grizzle 3-4; Taylor Freeman 2-4, 2B; Hannah Jones 2-4
Score by innings:
Catawba 000 000 — 0
Barton 000 001 — 1
WP-Makayla Meeks (1-1) 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO LP-Brooke Walser (2-2) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Taylor Freeman 1-3, Hannah Jones 1-3, Jessica Onega 1-2; Catawba: Preston Ellenberg 1-3.
Bulldogs sweep King, grab 2nd place
The Barton College men’s volleyball team climbed into second place in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-17 triumph against King (Tennessee) University on Friday evening in Wilson Gymnasium.
The second straight win vaulted the Bulldogs to 4-1 in the conference and to 8-3 overall. The Tornado departed 4-2 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
Junior Angelos Mandilaris, senior Vasilis Mandilaris and freshman Adrian Iglesais each registered double digits in kills as the Bulldogs hit .393 for the match.
Angelos Mandilaris notched a match-high 13 kills, while Vasilis Mandilaris added 11 and Iglesais 10. Vasilis Mandilaris surpassed the 1,000-kill career plateau, pushing the count to 1,009.
Junior setter Oscar Fiorentino, the league leader in assists, doled out 38 and contributed four kills.
King, which saw its winning streak ended at three matches, hit just .171.
The Bulldogs continue conference play at home at 2 p.m. Saturday against Lees-McRae.
Lady Bulldogs falter at NGU
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — After a victory to kickoff their second season, the attack of the Barton College women’s lacrosse team was stifled Friday afternoon in a 7-3 loss to Conference Carolinas foe North Greenville.
Barton (1-1), in dropping its conference opener, fell behind 4-0 before sophomore Natalie Brooks put away an unassisted tally with 4:27 remaining until halftime. NGU (2-1) added another goal, this one from Bridget Sewall, to take a 5-1 lead into halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs kicked off the second half with a finish from sophomore Kayli Ashenfelter and used a second Ashenfelter goal, her team-leading sixth of the season, to pull within 6-3 with 10:18 to go. Angeline Scarpa, a sophomore, provided the assist.
However, NGU’s Olivia Foltz halted hopes of a rally with her unassisted finish with 7:28 to play.
Katherine Mattena had 12 saves in playing the entire 60 minutes in goal for Barton.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Div. III North Carolina Wesleyan on Wednesday.
Lady Bulldogs blank Meredith
RALEIGH — The Barton College women’s tennis team did not drop a game in singles in posting a 9-0 conquest of host Meredith College on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas improved to 3-2 and continue competition outside the conference in Sumter, South Carolina, on Saturday with a match against Augusta at 1 p.m.
Prevailing in singles were senior Daria Avram, the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, at No. 1; junior Marissa Stevenson at No. 2, freshman Isabella Caballero at No. 3, sophomore Claudia Capellades at No. 4, freshman Grace McCartney at No. 5 and senior Whitney Hamilton at No. 6. Hamilton was unopposed.
Barton started out with a 3-0 doubles cushion, with the sophomore tandem of Vanessa Sanoja-Ada Vargas prevailing 8-1 at No. 1 and Hamilton-McCartney emerging an 8-4 victor at No. 2.
Only McCartney won on the court in singles and doubles. Meredith defaulted a pair of matches.
BARTON 9, MEREDITH 0
Daria Avram (BC) def. Natalie Collins by default; Marissa Stevenson (BC) def. Aly Henneberry 6-0, 6-0; Isabella Caballero (BC) def. Brittney Brown 6-0, 6-0; Claudia Capellades (BC) def. Logan King 6-0, 6-0; Grace McCartney (BC) def. Sarah Porter 6-0, 6-0; Whitney Hamilton (BC) won by default.
Vanessa Sanoja-Ada Vargas (BC) DEF. Collins-Henneberry 8-1; Hamilton-McCartney (BC) def. King-Brown 8-4; Capellades-Caballero (BC) won by default.