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After trailing Bluefield State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, the Barton College women’s tennis team rallied to win its last three singles matches and pull out a thrilling 4-3 non conference victory on the Greenfield School courts.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-3) got singles victories from freshman Isabella Caballero at No. 3, sophomore Ada Vargas at No. 5 and sophomore Claudia Capellades at No. 6 to post a second victory over the Big Blues this season. Capellades’ 6-4, 6-1 win over Paula Sa’ez was the decisive match.
Marissa Stevenson won at No. 2 singles to improve to 5-0 on the season for the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Lady Bulldogs, who dropped two of the three doubles matches to lose the point. Bluefield State of the Div. II Eastern College Athletic Conference remained winless through five matches.
Barton was coming off a 4-3 nonconference defeat Saturday at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. The Lady Bulldogs won the doubles point with wins from the No. 1 duo of Stevenson-Daria Avram and No. 3 Caballero-Capellades.
Stevenson won at No. 2 singles in three sets while Caballero only need two sets to claim a victory at No. 5.
Barton will host Edinboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday.
Bulldogs drop 2 over weekend
Barton dropped to 1-6 on the season with a pair of nonconference losses over the weekend, falling 6-1 Saturday at Francis Marion and losing 5-1 to Bluefield State in a home match Sunday at Greenfield School.
Barton’s only point came in doubles play Sunday as Rory Gaydon-James Kelly won 6-3 at No. 2 and Alessandro Gerbino-Hugh Ryder prevailed by the same score at No. 3.
Gaydon took a 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 2 singles on Saturday.
Bulldogs down Crusaders for 1st league win
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — It took 11 innings but Barton got its first Conference Carolinas baseball win this season as the Bulldogs downed defending league champion North Greenville University 11-7 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Barton (11-7, 1-2 CC), which lost the first game Saturday at Ashmore Park, 9-0, after being clubbed 16-1 by the Crusaders (8-4, 2-1) in Friday’s series opener, scored five runs in the last two innings to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 11th, freshman center fielder Jacob Marcos’ bases-loaded double brought in the first two runs before senior Troy Maslowski delivered a two-run single. Sophomore right-hander Colby Warren pitched three shutout innings in relief to get his first win after three losses.
Catcher Juan Martinez ripped a two-run home run in the ninth to tie the score 7-7 after Marcos doubled in two runs and then scored on Maslowski’s grounder in the eighth. Marcos, Maslowski, Hunter Pearre and Noah Almond each rapped three hits, part of the Bulldogs’ 18.
In the seven-inning first game, the Bulldogs had no answer for the NGU mound trio of Michael Giacone, Kipp Rollings and Duncan Callahan. Giacone (3-0) fired five no-hit innings before Rollings and Callahan each pitched a scoreless inning.
Starter Colby Shimmel (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Barton, a win from matching last season’s total, hosts Catawba of the Div. II South Atlantic Conference on Tuesday before welcoming Chowan University for three conference games, beginning Friday.
Bulldogs sweep Queens in nonleague match
CHARLOTTE — Barton notched its eighth sweep of the season with a 3-0 non conference triumph Saturday at Queens. The 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 was the fifth in a row for the Bulldogs, now 11-3. The Royals dropped to 4-12.
Senior Angelos Mandilaris led Barton with 10 kills — giving him a team-high 190 on the season — and eight digs while sophomore Emil Oefstaas tallied eight kills. Barton limited Queens to minus-.011 hitting percentage.
The Bulldogs are back in Conference Carolinas play next weekend as they visit Belmont Abbey on Friday before a two-week spring break.
Cobras rally to top BC 14-10
Playing for the first time on Electric Supply Company Field, the Bulldogs couldn’t match the feat of the Lady Bulldogs, who won their debut on the new turf field Friday, as Coker handed the Barton men a 14-10 defeat Saturday afternoon.
Barton (1-3), scored the first three goals on two first-quarter tallies by Mason Chaney and one by Jonathan Schmidt. However, the South Atlantic Conference Cobras (2-2) tied the score with three goals before Mark Crawford found the net to put the Bulldogs ahead 4-3 at the half.
The teams traded the lead in the third quarter before Coker rattled off five straight goals. Barton answered with a goal from Bodin Nichols and two more from Chaney before the Cobras squeezed off three more scores to close out the match.
Chaney finished with a match-high five goals while Joe Venazio had four to lead Coker, which totaled 57 shots to just 30 by Barton. Bulldogs goalie Matt Stocks came up with 11 saves on 25 shots on goal.
Lady Bulldogs swept at Claflin
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Barton launched a lengthy stretch of road games by losing both ends of Saturday’s nonconference doubleheader at Claflin University.
The Lady Bulldogs, now 2-9, were blanked 8-0 in the five-inning second game after falling 13-2 in the first, also five innings.
Barton led briefly on Jessica Onega’s RBI groundout in the top of the first innng but Claflin pounded Lady Bulldogs starting pitcher Teagan Crosby for three runs in the bottom of the inning and five more in the second. The Lady Panthers (6-10) of Div. II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference then added five more runs in the third.
Barton’s other run came on a fifth-inning RBI by left fielder Taylor Freeman.
In the second game, Claflin starter Shani Thomas gave up just one hit — third baseman Hannah Jones’ single — in handing the Lady Bulldogs their second shutout loss of the season.
Barton will play its next 19 games away, starting with the Fastpitch Dreams Classic tournament in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, against Michigan-Dearborn on Tuesday, March 5. The Lady Bulldogs won’t play again at home until King University visits for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader March 23.