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WINSTON-SALEM — Huge explosions in the final inning of both games powered the Barton College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of host Winston-Salem State on Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs snapped a 1-1 tie with a whopping 11 runs in the top of the eighth inning of the first game and prevailed 12-1, and erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning of the second game and triumphed 16-8.
The mercy rule resulted in the nightcap being stopped after six innings.
Coming off four weekend losses without a victory, the Lady Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas boosted their record to 3-5. Winston-Salem State stumbled to 1-6.
In the opener, Winston-Salem State struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning and led until Barton nicked starting pitcher Erica Davis, the loser, for a run in the sixth.
The 11-run eight featured freshman Hayley Grizzle’s two-run home run, senior Brittany Jacobs run-producing single; a two-run single from freshman Alison Montague, a pinch-hit, two-run single by freshman Ashton Pegram and a two-RBI single off the bat of freshman Jordan Blake.
Barton pitcher Teagan Crosby, a junior, worked the eight-inning distance, notching her first win against one loss.
Crosby allowed two unearned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five.
Designated hitter Montague keyed Barton’s 11-hit assault with three hits in four trips and two runs batted in.
Freshman Jordan Blake rapped two hits and drove in three runs.
Grizzle and Ashton Pegram each drove in two runs.
Designated hitter Samantha Gibbs paced Winston-Salem State with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double.
In Game 2, Barton pounced for four runs in the first inning but clung to an 8-5 margin when it struck for eight runs in the sixth.
Pegram’s double ignited the uprising. Grizzle and Blake hammered run-scoring doubles; sophomore Taylor Martin rapped an RBI single; and Pegram capped the big inning with a two-run homer.
Montague connected for a three-run double in the first. Sophomore Sierra Hearp, pitching in relief of starter Makayla Meeks, picked up her second win against one loss.
Hearp, in three innings, allowed five hits, an earned run and two walks while striking out three.
Pegram batted 4 for 4 with a home run, double and two RBIs for Barton.
Freshman Jordan Blake went 4 for 5 with two RBIs.
Taylor Freeman, Grizzle, Martin and Hearp each banged out two hits for Barton.
In two at-bats, Hearp ripped two doubles and drove in two runs.
Score by innings:
WP-Sierra Hearp (2-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER,2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Tia Robinson (0-2) 5 2/3 IP, 18 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Ashton Pegram 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Jordan Blake 4-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; Taylor Martin 2-4, 3R, 2 RBI; Taylor Freeman 2-4, Hayley Grizzle 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Sierra Hearp 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Alison Montague 1-4, 3 RBI. Winston-Salem State: Samantha Gibbs 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R; Nyla Howard 2-4, 2B; Erica Davis 2-3, Kortney Thomas 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI.
Score by innings:
WP-Teagan Crosby (1-1) 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Erica Davis 7 2/3 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO..
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Alison Montague 3-4, 2 RBI; Jordan Blake 2-5 3 RBI; Ashton Pegram 1-1, 2 RBI; Hayley Grizzle 1-3, HR, 2 RBI; . Winston-Salem State: Samantha Gibbs 2-4, 2B, Kartney Thomas 1-2.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The Barton College men’s golf team, with high aspirations for the spring season, fired a 9-over-par 297 for its low four individuals and occupied sixth place among 19 teams following Monday’s opening round of the Newberry College Invitational on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
The second round, also scheduled for Monday, was suspended because of inclement weather.
The second round is set to be completed and the third — and final — round contested Tuesday.
The Bulldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard, in launching their spring season, were paced by junior Justin Plane and senior Derek Hamm with rounds of 1-over-par 73. Junior Scott Pechacek carded a 74 while coming in with 77s were Bryson Boyette, a freshman from Fike High, and sophomore Dominic O’Brien.
Out front in the team chase was Columbus State at even-par 288, followed by the University of South Carolina at Aiken (289), Clayton State (293), Southeast Oklahoma State (295), Georgia Southwestern (296) and Barton.
Barton entered the second round four strokes out of third place.
The individual leader after 18 holes was Columbus State’s Jordan Doull at 4-under 68. Only nine under-par scores were posted.
For the Bulldogs, Plane and Hamm were tied for 17th, Pechacek tied for 25th and Boyette and O’Brien tied for 48th.