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Some timely hitting and a solid pitching performance led by right-handed starter Dylan Ward helped the Barton College baseball team to its biggest win under second-year head coach Jim Chester with a 5-2 defeat of nationally ranked Catawba College on Tuesday at Nixon Field.
The Bulldogs got four runs in the bottom of the second inning and Ward pitched five shutout innings as Barton matched its 2018 win total by improving to 12-7. The Indians, ranked 10th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division II poll, fell to 13-4. It was the second straight win over a ranked team for the Bulldogs, who rallied to beat No. 23 North Greenville 11-7 in 11 innings in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at NGU. It was the first Conference Carolinas win for Barton.
Barton struck first in the home half of the second inning against Catawba starting pitcher Bryson Linkous. Junior shortstop JoJo Allen rapped a two-run single to left field for the first two runs and, with two outs, freshman center field Jacob Marcos plated two more with a single to right-center field off reliever Greg Brown.
Senior Troy Maslowski led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left field.
Catawba pushed across an unearned run in the seventh and tacked on a run in the ninth on Jackson Raper’s sacrifice fly off Barton’s sixth pitcher, Frederick May.
Ward gave up four hits and walked two while striking out three in earning his second victory without a loss. Relievers Jakob Ryan, Andrew Davis, Mason Cooper, Chase Long and May combined to allow just four hits and one earned run over the final four innings.
Barton returns to Conference Carolinas play this weekend as the Bulldogs host Chowan University for three games at Nixon Field, starting with a single game Friday at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon.
Score by innings:
Catawba 000 000 101 — 0
Barton 040 010 00x — 0
WP-Dylan Ward (2-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Bryson Linkous (1-1) 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Catawba: Simpson 2-5; Raper 1-3, RBI. Barton: Allen 1-3, 2 RBIs; Maslowski 1-4, HR, RBI; Marcos 1-3, 2 RBIs.
Bulldogs batted by No. 4 Belmont Abbey
In a season full of firsts for the fledgling Barton men’s lacrosse team, the Bulldogs faced their first nationally ranked opponent in their first Conference Carolinas game Tuesday at Electric Supply Company Field. No. 4 Belmont Abbey handed the Bulldogs their first double-digit loss, 18-6, to stay unbeaten through five games while Barton dropped to 1-4.
Freshman attacker Mason Chaney put in two goals for Barton while freshman midfielder totaled three assists. Goalie Matt Stocks made 17 saves for Barton.
Noah Haas and Liam Osborne each scored four goals for the Crusaders, now 2-0 in conference action.
Barton will host Montevallo in a nonconference game Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Bulldogs finish 4th at Hilton Head
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Barton sophomore Bryson Boyette turned in a final-round 70 on Tuesday to finish tied for second in the 74-man field at the Battle at Hilton Head at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Boyette collected six birdies to offset his three bogeys and one double bogey as he finished with a 3-under-par 71-70-—141, deadlocking him with Edwin Blomander of Rogers State.
However, they were 10 shots off the pace of winner Sam Broadhurst of Lincoln Memorial. Broadhurst scorched the par-72, 6,651-yard layout of the Arthur Hills Course for a 13-under 65-66—131
As a team, Barton slipped to a fifth-place finish after sitting in third following the first round. The Bulldogs finished with a 297-301—598, well off the pace of victorious Lincoln Memorial (291-288—579).
The next Bulldog was senior Justin Plane, who tied for 20th with a 76-74—150. Also in that group of six tied for 20th was Barton sophomore Arthur Schone (77-73—150), who was playing as an individual.
The Bulldogs are off until hosting their Barton Intercollegiate on March 11-12 at Wilson Country Club.
Norlin paces Lady Bulldogs on final day
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Barton shaved a stroke off its first-round score to finish with a 330-329—659, which was good for 15th place in the 21-team Battle at Hilton Head.
Nikki Norlin turned in a final-round 76 to lead Barton with a 164, tying her for 48th.