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GAFFNEY, S.C. — In danger of being swept in a three-game conference series for the first time this season, the Barton College baseball team, keyed by junior left-handed pitcher Jakob Ryan, answered in the positive Saturday afternoon on the road.
The Bulldogs, who started the weekend in second place in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas, rallied to a 6-2 victory in the nine-inning series finale.
Barton bounced back after squandering a 7-0 lead in the seven-inning opener and dropping a 10-8 decision. Limestone also won the series opener Friday.
The Bulldogs lost a league series for just the second time in six outings but have defeated every conference foe they have encountered at least once. Barton departed 11-7 in the league and 23-14 overall. The Saints emerged 7-11 and 12-23, respectively.
Ryan, a transfer from Division I George Mason University, responded with his second straight strong outing to up his record to 4-3. The conference’s pitcher of the week after a 17-strikeout performance last weekend, Ryan spaced six hits and five walks in eight innings. Ryan struck out eight.
Sophomore right-hander Colby Warren worked a scoreless ninth, surviving two hits.
The Bulldogs benefited from sloppy Saints defense in the win. The two runs in the fifth were unearned, with shortstop Shawn Harrison slamming a two-run double.
The only hits in the four-run seventh were singles by Brayden Olson and Harrison. Troy Maslowski drew a bases-loaded walk against against starting — and losing — Saints pitcher Alex Grooms.
Back-to-back doubles by Josh Evans and Channing Painton produced a Limestone run in the third and, in the eight, Alex Cornell slapped an RBI single before Ryan worked out of the jam.
In the first game in Barton’s five-run second, Trevor Edior singled in the first run; Maslowski laced a two-run single; and senior Hunter Pearre cranked a two-run double. The two-run third included Gatlin Pate’s double, Edior’s sacrifice fly and a passed ball that scored Warren.
Starting Barton senior right-hander Dylan Ward blanked the Saints the first three innings, but Limestone chased him with three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Barton’s bullpen was not effective and the Saints plated the go-ahead run against Frederick May (1-1).
Limestone’s comeback was powered by Chase Allen’s two-run home run in the fourth, Matt Hilderbrandt’s two-run blast in the fifth and Trace Whetsell’s three-run shot in the sixth.
Score by innings:
Barton 052 001 0 — 8
Limestone 000 334 x — 10
WP-Justin Greider (2-0) 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. LP-Frederick May (1-1) 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Hunter Pearre 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Gatlin Pate 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Juan Martinez 2-4, RBI; Colby Warren 2-3, 2 R; Limestone: Matt Hilderbrandt 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R; Ryan Creps 2-4, 3B, 2 R; Trace Whetsell 1-4, HR, 3 RBI; Chase Allen 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R; Channing Painton 2-3, 2B.
Score by innings:
Barton 000 020 400 — 6
Limestone 001 000 010 — 2
WP-Jakob Ryan (4-3) 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO. LP-Alex Grooms (2-3) 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB. 7 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Hunter Pearre 2-5, RBI; Shawn Harrison 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Jacob Marcos 1-4, 2B; Juan Martinez 1-5, 2B. Limestone: Trace Whetsell 2-4, Josh Evans 2-4, 2B; Channing Painton 1-3, 2B, RBI.
Barton bats silent in twinbill loss
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — A rough NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas weekend for the Barton College softball ended with 7-1 and 8-0 road losses to North Greenville University, one of the league’s top teams, Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs were coming off a pair of one-run losses to Southern Wesleyan on Friday and plunged to 4-8 in the conference and to 16-24 overall. North Greenville vaulted to 9-3 and 18-17, respectively.
Against the Crusaders, Barton was no-hitted in the 7-1 loss and scratched out three singles in the second game — halted after six innings because of the mercy rule.
Mikayla Rose, McCrae Knapp and Jessica Onega each singled for Barton.
Jaelin Griffin tossed the Crusaders no-hitter, walking three and striking out seven. Barton’s run was scored as earned. Rose walked, was sacrificed to second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Onega’s sacrifice fly.
In the second game, Callie Richards tossed the three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out eight.
Claire Gilmore lashed three hits, including a double, in the first game for North Greenville, while Jenna Hewes’ two hits included a home run. Brooklyn Stone and Savannah Small collected two hits each. Gilmore homered in the second game and Stone drove in two runs.
Score by innings:
Barton 000 100 0 — 1
N. Greenville 012 400 x — 7
WP-Jaelin Griffin (10-8) 7 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB , 7 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (3-8) 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: none; North Greenville: Claire Gilmore 3-4, 2B, RBI; Jenna Hewes 2-4, HR, RBI; Savannah Small 2-4, RBI; Brooklyn Stone 2-4, RBI.
Score by innings:
Barton 000 000 — 0
N. Greenville 050 102 — 8
WP-Callie Richards (7-8) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO. LP-Makayla Meeks (3-9) 4 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Mikayla Rose 1-3, McCrae Knapp 1-1, Jessica Onega 1-3; North Greenville: Claire Gilmore 1-3, HR, RBI; Makyla Brackett 1-1, 3B, RBI; Bailey Pace 1-1, 2B, RBI.
Barton notches 4th consecutive win, 5-2
The host Barton College men’s tennis team notched its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas victory by a 5-2 margin against Emmanuel (Georgia) College.
The Bulldogs climbed to 4-1 in the conference and to 9-7 overall. Barton next sees action Saturday in Gaffney, South Carolina, against conference rival Limestone.
Pacing the latest Barton win were sophomore Hugh Ryder and freshman James Kelly with wins in singles and doubles.
Ryder teamed with junior Rory Gaydon at No. 2 doubles, while Kelly joined sophomore Alessandro Gerbino for a 6-1 triumph at No. 3.
At No. 5, Kelly won his fourth consecutive match, while sophomore Oscar Marmesteadt captured his third win in a row at No. 3.
Bulldogs triumph in home finale
The host Barton Çollege men’s lacrosse team continued its rapid late-season improvemen with a 19-14 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas conqeust of Emmanuel(Georgia) College on Saturday.
Playing on the Electric Supply Stadium surface, the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in the conference and to 5-8 against all foes in their home finale. Barton visits archrival University of Mount Olive at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Sophomore midfielder Jake Copio turned in a dominant Barton performance with four goals and six assists. Copio paces the Bulldogs with 51 points.
Sophomore midfielder Zachary added five scores. Freshman Mason Chaney tallied three goals.
With the score knotted 6-6 with just under nine minutes left in the first half, Barton took command with the next 10 goals.
Sophomore Matt Stocks posted a pair of saves in goal in the Bulldogs’ fourth consecutive win.
Scarpa, Ashenfelter trigger Barton win
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. — Sophomore attackers Angelina Scarpa and Kayli Ashenfelter combined for 13 goals and five assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 17-5 conquest that kept Emmanuel winless in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas.
Scarpa posted seven goals and two assists, while Ashenfelter notched six goals and three assists. Ashenfelter tops tghe Lady Bulldogs with 62 points, with Scarpa on her heels with 61.
Complementing tghe Barton duo were junior Rebecca Fraser with three goals and two assists, and sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Mattena with four saves,
Barton has outscored the opposition 49-15 in winning its last three matches.