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CENTRAL, S.C. — After battling 11 innings and nearly four hours, the Barton College baseball team ended a losing streak that reached 10 games with a 10-5 extra-inning NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas conquest of Southern Wesleyan University in the opening game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon.
However, the Bulldogs were unable to start a winning streak, bowing 13-5 in the seven-inning second game. Barton led 5-2 until Southern Wesleyan erupted for five runs in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth.
In the showdown to escape the cellar in the nine-team conference, Barton emerged 2-12 in the league and 10-26 overall. Southern Wesleyan, victorious twice in three games against the Bulldogs this season, moved to 2-15 in the conference and 13-22 overall.
The teams complete the three-game series with a nine-inning contest Saturday.
In the opener, Southern Wesleyan forced the extra inning with a run in the bottom of the ninth that produced a 5-5 tie.
After a scoreless 10th, the Bulldogs tagged relief pitcher Josh Core, the loser, for five runs in the top of the 11th.
Barton launched the uprising with back-to-back doubles from freshman center fielder Hunter Little and junior shortstop Gatlin Pate. After junior right fielder Troy Maslowski was hit by a pitch, the Bulldogs snapped the tie on sophomore first baseman Chase Riker’s sacrifice fly.
Freshman third baseman Colby Warren ripped a two-run double and freshman designated hitter Mason Cooper capped the uprising with a two-run home run.
In the bottom of the 11th, Barton sophomore Landry Moore pitched around a walk to claim his third victory against as many losses.
Junior right-hander Dylan Ward started for Barton and worked eight-plus innings, allowing eight hits and all five runs (three earned). Ward struck out a season-high nine.
Freshman Clay Walters retired one batter before Moore was summoned by first-year head coach Jim Chester.
The marathon featured five homers. Warren also slugged a homer for the Bulldogs, while Quentin Bent, Julio Justo and Devin Patrick connected for the Warriors. Maslowski tripled. Warren wound up 4 for 6 with five RBIs.
In the second game, Southern Wesleyan chased Barton senior right-hander Trent Fennell in the fourth inning. Fennell (4-4) lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowed seven hits, seven runs and four walk. He posted seven strikeouts.
In the fourth for the Warriors, Steven Perez tripled, Ike Thalassinos singled, Izzy Martinez doubled and Jesse Getford doubled. Getford’s three-run homer highlighted the fifth-inning outburst. Perez and Patrick each singled.
Cooper unloaded a three-run homer for Barton in the second, and Warren ripped a two-run homer in the fourth.
Tyler Parry lasted four innings and notched the mound win for the Warriors. However, Vinny Adams stopped the Bulldogs on one hit the last three innings.
Warren and Cooper enjoyed monster evenings for Barton.
Warren, in the two games, batted 5 for 8 with two homers, a double and seven RBIs. Cooper finished 3 for 6 with two homers and five RBIs.