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GAFFNEY, S.C. — Despite a 6-2 loss at Limestone College on Friday night, Barton remained in second place in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas baseball standings by virtue of Mount Olive’s 2-1 loss at Emmanuel.
The loss halted a five-game conference winning streak for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 10-6 in league play and 22-13 overall. Mount Olive sits at 9-6 in the conference. The Saints upped their records to 6-10 in conference and 11-22 overall.
The Saints took control with a three-run fifth inning that chased Barton starter Colby Shimmel (3-3), who gave up a single and a walk before exiting in favor Alex Hart. Saints third baseman greeted Allen with an RBI double, but the Bulldogs reliever struck out the next two batters. However, Limestone first baseball Benjamin Huber punched a 1-2 offering from Hart through the right side for two runs. The Saints added a run in each of the sixth and eighth innings off Hart.
Barton’s two runs came on back-to-back solo home runs by Colby Warren and Juan Martinez off Limestone starter Payton MacPherson (3-5).
The Bulldogs only managed six hits, ending their streak of four games with 11 or more. Limestone rapped out 13 hits and neither team made an error.
The teams play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon.
Score by innings:
Barton 000 200 000 — 2
Limestone 010 031 01x — 6
WP-Payton MacPherson (3-5) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO. LP-Colby Shimmel (3-3) 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Juan Martinez 1-4, HR, RBI; Colby Warren 1-4, HR, RBI. Limestone: Chase Allen 3-4, 2B, RBI; Trace Whetsell 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Benjamin Huber 3-4, 2 RBIs.
14 straight wins and counting for Barton
A break from NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas competition produced the same result — an extension to the winning streak — for the Barton College men’s volleyball team Friday night.
The conference-leading Bulldogs left Queens University of the Division II South Atlantic Conference their 14th consecutive victim by a 25-16, 25-17, 26-24 count in Wilson Gymnasium.
The sweep vaulted Barton to 20-3, while the Royals tumbled to 7-17. The Bulldogs have prevailed in 20 of their last 21 matches, last losing in five sets at North Greenville (South Carolina) University on Feb. 2.
Once again, Barton junior right-side hitter Angelos Mandilaris asserted his presence with a match-high 19 kills, while freshman outside hitter Adrian Iglesias sparkled with 12 kills, six digs and a gaudy .478 hitting percentage. Mandilaris boosted his team-high kills count to 362.
Barton junior setter Ben Kasun added 39 assists and seven digs. In the second win against Queens, Barton limited its foe to an .184 hitting percentage.
Queens highlights included 11 blocks collectively and 11 kills from Tristan Santoyo.
Head coach Jeff Lennox’s Bulldogs return to conference play in Bristol, Tennessee, on Friday at 7 p.m. against King University.
Rose homers twice, but Lady Bulldogs drop pair
CENTRAL, S.C. — Despite a home run from freshman shortstop Mikayla Rose in each game, the visiting Barton College softball team was dealt a pair of one-run NCAA Division II Conference Carolina defeats by Southern Wesleyan on Friday.
In the opener, Southern Wesleyan snapped a 6-6 tie with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to escape 7-6 and, in the second game, a run in the bottom of the seventh — or last — inning sent the Lady Bulldogs to a 3-2 defeat.
Barton tumbled to 4-6 in the conference and to 15-22 overall. The Lady Warriors emerged 6-6 and 13-15, respectively.
In the opener, head coach Junior Bailey’s Lady Bulldogs battled back from a 6-0 deficit as Rose batted 3 for 4 and slugged a two-run homer to tie the score at 6-6. Freshman McCrae Knapp doubled in two runs and scored a pair. Ashley Ferguson batted 2 for 2 and scored twice.
Southern Wesleyan chased Barton starting pitcher Sierra Hearp with four runs in the first and boosted its margin to 6-0 with two runs in the second against reliever Ashton Pegram.
The Lady Warriors’ Lydia Clanton batted 2 for 2 and drove in three runs. Megan New doubled twice and drove in two runs, doubling in the deciding run in the fifth.
In the second game, Rose connected for her second homer of the day in the first inning and, in the fifth, Sidney Gronowski singled and trotted home on a two-outs error.
With the score knotted 2-2, a two-outs hit batsman with two outs led the the Lady Bulldogs’ downfall. Delaney Byers, who was hit by the pitch, stole second and raced home on Clanton’s double.
Byers hammered an RBI double in the first and Kali Berrigan homered in the second.
Taking the hard-luck pitching loss for Barton was senior Makayla Meeks, who allowed nine hits, two walks and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Winning pitcher Ashton Martin yielded six hits and one earned run in working the distance.
Score by innings:
Barton 002 040 0 — 6
So. Wesleyan 420 010 x — 7
WP-DeLanie Laudenbacher (5-6) 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Sierra Hearp (5-4) 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. S- Emma Collins (3) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Mikayla Rose 3-4, HR, 3 RBI; Ashley Ferguson 2-2, 2B, 2 R; McCrae Knapp 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Southern Wesleyan: Lydia Clanton 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Nugent 2-4, 2 R; Megan New 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI.
Score by innings:
Barton 100 010 0 — 2
So. Wesleyan 110 000 1 — 3
WP-Ashton Martin (7-6) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SØ. LP-Makayla Meeks (3-7) 6 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Mikayla Rose 1-3, HR, RBI; Ashley Ferguson 2-3, McLean 1-1, Sidney Gronowski 1-2, R; Southern Wesleyan: Kali Berrigan 2-3, HR, RBI; Megan New 2-3, Lydia Clanton 2-4, 2B, RBI; Emma Collins 1-3, 3B.