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BARTON ROUNDUP: Bulldogs sweep twinbill from Clarion

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The Barton College baseball team shook off a six-game losing streak by shivering its way to a doubleheader sweep of Clarion (Pennsylvania) University on Friday on the Nixon Field diamond.

In the seven-inning opening game, the Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas triumphed 3-2 behind a route-going performance from senior right-hander Trent Fennell.

Barton rallied from a 4-1 deficit to capture the nine-inning second game, 9-4.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-15, while Clarion of the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference departed 3-6.

In the opener, Barton scored its three runs in the third inning. Junior Troy Maslowski drove in two runs and freshman Hunter Little the other. Clarion nicked Fennell for two runs in the fifth.

Fennell (4-1) struck out 16 of the 21 batters he retired while walking one. He allowed five hits in outdueling Clarion’s Jeremy Frazier (0-2). Ricks Dearing and Gatlin Pate each rapped two hits for Barton.

Trailing 4-1 in the second game, Barton exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning. Colby Warren slugged his third home run, while Maslowski doubled twice and Pate once.

Little drilled three hits, while Dearing, Pate and Maslowski added two each. Pate drove in two runs.

Landy Moore, the second of three Barton pitchers, earned the win. Moore worked three scoreless innings, permitting one hit and striking out four. Starter Dylan Ward struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Clay Walters got the last four outs.

SOFTBALL

Barton slugs Elizabeth City St., Lincoln

The host Barton College softball team (9-13) drubbed winless Elizabeth City State and Lincoln (Pennsylvania) in a pair of games Friday afternoon on the Jeffries Field diamond. The Lady Bulldogs shut out Lincoln 21-0 and hammered Elizabeth City State 21-1. Both games lasted five of the scheduled seven innings.

Against Lincoln, Barton’s Makayla Meeks tossed a one-hitter, allowing three walks and striking out eight.

Barton baned out 17 hits with Samantha Santmyers going 4 for 4. Brittany Jacobs and Nohealani Burden each collected three hits. Taylor Martin drove in four runs and Hannah Jones and Jacobs each plated three. Hayley Grizzle and Ashton Pegram each tripled, while Martin, Jacobs, Santmyers and Jessica Onega each doubled.

Against Elizabeth City State, Jones pitched a three-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts.

The Lady Bulldogs sprayed 15 hits as Onega batted 4 for 4 and drove in four runs. Martin and Grizzle added two hits each. Pegram drove in four runs, while Grizzle and Alison Montague each batted in three. Jones, Martin, Grizzle, Onega and Montague each doubled.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Barton posts 22-shot lead at Battle of the Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —The Barton College women’s golf team registered a program first in Friday’s opening round of the Battle of the Beach on the Pine Hills course at Myrtlewood Golf Club.

For the first time, the Lady Bulldogs own the lead after the first round and the margin is 22 shots after posting a 331 total for its low four individuals in the six-team field.

Barton has been situated in second place following the first round on three occasions in the program’s history of 6 1/2 years of team competition. The Lady Bulldogs remained second in two of the events and were the host for both — the Cutter Creek Invitational in September, 2014; and the Barton Intercollegiate in March, 2015.

All five Barton players find themselves in the top 10 after the first 18 holes. Sophomore Clare McMahon and junior Sydney Turner share the individual lead with rounds of 81 over the 5,951-yard layout.

Sophomore Nikki Norlin carded an 85 and stands fifth. Freshman Jailynn Thomas tied for sixth with an 86, while junior Kelsey Woodall owned a share of eighth with an 89. Thomas posted her collegiate career-low round.

Alderson-Braoddus occupied second place at 353, followed by Ohio Valley (368), Urbana (399), UVa-Wise (436) and Fairmont State University (439).

The Lady Bulldogs attempt to clinch the program’s first tournament title on Saturday.

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