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CATAWBA — One of the biggest offensive outings of the season for the Barton baseball team caved under the weight host Catawba’s 10-run eighth inning, sending the Bulldogs to a 16-10 loss Tuesday.
Barton, now 12-33 on the season, pounded five home runs, including two each by junior Gatlin Pate and freshman Colby Warren. The Bulldogs led 9-3 after two innings and 10-6 through six but the Indians (25-20) used six hits and two Bulldog errors to score 10 times in the eighth.
Barton connected for three homers in its five-run first inning, including Pate’s three-run bomb to left field to start the scoring. That was followed by a solo shot by Troy Maslowski, initiating a quick exit for Catawba starting pitcher Ryan Kahny. However, Warren greeted Bryan Ketchie with a solo blast over the left-field fence before Ketchie retired the next three Bulldogs.
Pate and Warren each connected for two-run homers in the second. Warren now has 10 homers on the season, tying him for sixth in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas. Pate’s five RBIs was a career high.
Maslowski, the fifth of seven Barton pitchers got the loss, his fourth without a win.
The Bulldogs will conclude their season with a three-game series against North Greenville, ranked fourth by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The teams will play a doubleheader Friday in Fleming Stadium, starting at 2:30 p.m., followed by a single game Saturday at noon at Nixon Field that will be the Bulldogs’ Senior Day.
Score by innings:
Barton 540 010 000 — 10
Catawba 210 201 0(10)x — 16
WP-Greg Brown (2-0) 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. LP-Troy Maslowski (0-4) 1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Gatlin Pate 2-5, 2 HR, 5 RBIs; Colby Warren 2-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs; Troy Maslowski 2-5, 2B, HR, RBI; Hunter Little 2-4, RBI. Catawba: Chance Bowden 4-6, HR, 4 RBIs; Luke Setzer 2-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Heath Mitchem 2-4, 2B, RBI; Jackson Raper 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs.