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First-year head coach Jim Chester resorted to working nine different pitchers one inning each and his Barton College baseball team responded with a 10-5 victory against NCAA Division II nonconference opponent Winston-Salem State on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs, in their final test before launching Conference Carolinas action this weekend, hiked their record to 6-8 and ended Winston-Salem State’s win streak at three games. The Rams departed 4-5.
Starting junior Dylan Ward, freshman Clay Walters, the winner, and freshman Alex Hart each tossed a scoreless inning for the Bulldogs before the Rams struck for a run in the fourth. Also not allowing a run were junior Chase Long, a product of Hunt High; sophomore Landry Moore, freshman Mason Cooper and freshman Colby Warren.
Barton plated three runs in the bottom of the second inning, four in the fourth and three in the eighth.
Warren connected for his second 2018 home run in the second. An error and balk produced two more runs in the inning.
In the fourth, freshman Tate Proctor darted home on a wild pitch. Back-to-back hit batsmen loaded the bases, and junior Gatlin Pate laced an RBI single. Warren drew a bases-loaded walk and sophomore Noah Almond scored the inning’s final run on a passed ball.
A walk, Pate’s double, a wild pitch and senior Rich Trifaro’s two-run single capped the Barton scoring in the eighth.
Barton wound up with eight hits, paced by Pate at 2 for 5.
Center fielder Randy Norris and catcher Michael Murphy each hit safely twice for Winston-Salem State.
The Bulldogs swing into conference play by traveling to Bristol, Tennessee, to oppose King University in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.