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Woe unto the Barton College baseball team when opposing an NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference rival during the middle of the week.
The Bulldogs of the Division II Conference Carolinas were dealt their third consecutive loss under those circumstances when Lenoir-Rhyne prevailed 6-2 Wednesday afternoon on Barton’s Nixon Field diamond.
Barton (24-18) claimed its first 2019 win by a 9-4 margin against Lenoir-Rhyne in February. The Bears evened their record at 21-21.
Lenoir-Rhyne bolted to a 5-0 lead after two innings. The Bulldogs managed a single run in each of the fifth and eighth innings.
In the fifth, designated hitter Juan Martinez singled home third baseman Gatlin Pate. In the eighth, center fielder Jacob Marcos’ grounder drove in first baseman Chase Riker, who had singled.
The Bears, with 10 hits, were powered by home runs from catcher Austin Reed and designated hitter Matthew Freeman. Reed connected for a two-run shot.
Barton head coach Jim Chester elected to utilize nine pitchers for an inning of work each. Starter Connor Patterson took the loss.
Kevin Larosa, the second of three Lenoir-Rhyne pitchers, picked up the win, allowing three hits and a run in three innings of work.
Score by innings:
Lenoir-Rhyne 320 010 000 — 6
Barton 000 010 010 — 2
WP-Kevin Larosa (2-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. LP-Connor Patterson (1-3) 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Lenoir-Rhyne: Austin Reed 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R; Matthews Freeman 1-5, HR, RBI; Clayton Jeffries 2-5, Will Jones 1-4, 2 RBI; Barton: Jacob Marcos 2-5, RBI; Juan Martinez 1-2, RBI; Chase Riker 1-1.
Barton win streak stopped by Trojans
MOUNT OLIVE — After constructing a 3-0 lead after one period, the Barton College men’s lacrosse team saw its winning streak ended at four matches with a 17-9 loss to No. 13 nationally ranked University of Mount Olive in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas action Wednesday.
The Bulldogs slid to 3-2 in the conference and to 5-9 against all foes. The host Trojans improved to 4-1 and 10-2, respectively. Barton next sees action at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gaffney, South Carolina, against No. 2-ranked Limestone College, a conference rival.
Freshman midfielders Zachary Hodge and Hunter Huxoli and sophomore attacker Jake Copio each scored twice for Barton. Copio leads the team with 55 points.
Freshman attacker Mason Chaney knocked in his team-leading 44th goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Stocks stopped 15 Mount Olive shots.
The Trojans were spearheaded by Nathan Bradley with a match-high five goals and Connor Watson with four goals and two assists. The Trojans owned advantages of 52-29 in shots and 31-9 in ground balls.