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BARTON ROUNDUP: Bulldogs open with DH loss to Flagler

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The Barton College baseball team’s 2019 rallying cry is becoming a better team every day.

And maybe the wins will come.

The latter didn’t happen in a season-opening doubleheader against Flagler University of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference on Saturday.

Flagler dealt the Bulldogs of Conference Carolinas a 11-0 loss in the opening game and outslugged second-year head coach Jim Chester’s club 15-8 in the second game.

The Bulldogs, in the second game, owned a 4-1 lead until Flagler exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against three Barton pitchers. Flagler, which shelled Barton pitching for 20 hits, struck for seven runs in the eighth.

Barton banged out 10 hits, including two each from left fielder Jacob Marcos, right fielder Troy Maslowski, third baseman Gatlin Pate and catcher Brayden Olsen. Junior shortstop JoJo Allen slugged Barton’s first 2019 home run, a solo shot.

Starting Bulldogs pither Colby Shimmel worked five effective innings, allowing six hits, one run and three walks while striking out four. Right-hander Alex Hart took the loss.

Game 1

Score by innings:

Barton 000 000 000 0

Flagler 103 230 02x 11

WP-Derick Garcia (1-0) 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. LP-Jakob Ryan (0-1) 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jojo Allen 1-1: Flagler: Aaron Anderson 2-4, 2 RBI; Frankie Martello 1-3, 2 RBI; Sean Lawlor 2-5, 2 RBI; Ja’Kobl Dasher 2-4, 2B, Steven Dipuglia 2-4, 2B, 2 R.

Game 2

Score by innings:

Barton 110 020 103 8

Flagler 001 007 07x 15

WP-Ryan Ashworth (1-0) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Alex Hart (0-1) 1/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jacob Marcos 2-4, 3R; Troy Maslowski 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Gatlin Pate 2-3, Brayden Olsen 2-5, JoJo Allen 1-2, HR: Dillon Reed 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Aaron Anderson 3-6, 2B,  3 RBI, 2 R; Jason Moore 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Frankie Martello 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Austin Davis 2-3, 2B; Steven Dipuglia 3-4, 3B, 2R.

SOFTBALL

Lady Bulldogs open with pair of losses to Virginia teams

ETTRICK, Va. — The Barton College softball team opened its 2019 season on the road Saturday with a pair of losses to Virginia teams.

The Lady Bulldogs of head coach Junior Bailey bowed 11-3 in six innings to Virginia-Wise and fell 11-10 in eight innings to Virginia State.

Leading 4-1, Virginia-Wise took command with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game was stopped in the bottom of the sixth because of the eight-run lead rule.

The Lady Bulldogs managed six hits, including a pair from lead-off hitter Taylor Martin. Jordan Blake doubled. Starting pitcher Hannah Jones took the loss.

Against Virginia State, Barton seized a 10-8 lead with three runs in the top of the eighth inning. However, Virginia State struck for three in the bottom of the inning without a batter being retired.

The Lady Bulldogs owned a 5-3 lead before Virginia State struck for five runs in the bottom of the fifth against losing pitcher Ashton Pegram. Barton trimmed the deficit to 8-7 with two runs in the top of the seventh.

First baseman Jessica Onega drilled four hits for Barton, while center fielder Sidney Gronoowski batted 3 for 5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Catcher Mikayla Rose went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while second baseman Blake was 2 for 3.

Score by innings:

Barton 011 010 3

Virginia-Wise 202 421 11

WP-Lapallo (1-0) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (0-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Taylor Martin 2-4, Nohealani Burden 1-1, RBI; Virginia-Wise: Alexis Miles 2-4, 3 RBI; Creasey 2-2, Julia Hoy 1-3, 3 RBI; Lawson 1-3, 2 RBI.

Score by innings:

Barton 400 100 23 10

Virginia State 200 105 03 11

WP-Presson (1-0) 8 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 7 SO. LP-Ashton Pegram (0-1) 7 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jessica Onega 4-6, 2 R; Sidney Gronowski 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R; Hannah Jones 2-4, 2 R; Mikayla Rose 3-4, 2 RBI; Jordan Blake 2-3; Virginia State: Bilyard 3-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R; Presson 3-4, HR, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R; Sandridge 3-5, 2 R; Price 2-3, Cunningham 2-4, 2B.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

No. 2 Bulldogs spilled in five sets

TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Barton College men’s volleyball team experienced defeat for the first time in seven matches and to an NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas foe for the first time this season with an 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13 setback to North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs dropped to 3-1 in the conference and to 6-3 overall. The fourth consecutive win vaulted North Greenville to 3-1 and 6-4, respectively.

The Crusaders overcame a 5-1 deficit to start the fifth set to claim the marathon. Barton hit an acceptable .324 for the match but was plagued by 21 service errors.

The Bulldogs, No. 2-ranked in Division II by Off the Block, were again led by the Mandilaris brothers. Senior Vasilis Mandilaris slammed for 21 kills, while junior Angelos Mandilaris notched 18 kills and six digs.

Also for Barton, junior Oscar Fiorentino totaled 49 assists.

The outcome left Barton, North Greenville, King (Tennessee) University and University of Mount Olive in a four-way tie for the conference lead.

The Bulldogs next see action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Hartsville, South Carolina, against Coker College.

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