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BARTON ROUNDUP: Bulldogs swept on the road to begin season

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The Barton baseball team dropped the final game in a three-game series Sunday afternoon, 5-1, against Flagler at Drysdale Field on Sunday.

Senior Hunter Pearre opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning with an RBI single to score freshman outfielder Jacob Marcos. Marcos led the Bulldogs with two hits.

But the Bulldogs (0-3) would not find the scoreboard again, leaving Colby Warren with a loss for giving up two runs in three innings of work.

Barton will again hit the road on Wednesday to face Lenoir-Rhyne at Bears Field with the first pitch expected at 5 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Barton splits DH with Chowan

The Barton College softball team picked up a 13-0 victory via the eight-run rule to start Sunday’s doubleheader with Chowan University, but dropped a 6-3 decision in the finale at Jeffries Field.

In the second game, Barton got down 5-0 in the first six innings and tried to come back by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Jessica Onega’s two-run double highlighted the spree. The Lady Bulldogs (1-3) of Conference Carolinas would never get any closer. Senior right-hander Hannah Jones took the loss after getting her first win in the opener. Sophomore Jordan Blake and freshman outfielder Sidney Gronowski both tallied three hits and a run scored. Chowan departed 1-3.

In the first game, Barton scored its 13 runs on just five hits, as Chowan walked nine batters and hit three more. Barton scored at least two runs in every inning, including six in the third.  Blake knocked in three runs with two hits. Onega drove in a pair.

Barton will remain at Jeffries on Saturday to face Wingate. Doubleheader action begins at noon. 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Bulldogs foiled in 5 sets at NGU

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.

INDOOR TRACK

Russell, Clemons lead the way at Vince Brown Invite

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Barton College track team saw two first-place finishers in senior and two-time All-American Larry Russell and junior Micah Clemons, as well good showings from others in Sunday’s Vince Brown Invitational.

Russell jumped 24 feet in the long jump to earn first place, while placing third in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches. Clemons had a weight throw of 59 feet — a personal best and it earned him a provisional bid to the NCAA Division II championships. Clemons also took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48-0.

On the women’s side, junior Janae Cunningham set a school record in the weight throw of 46-4, good for fourth place. Cunningham also finished eighth in the shot put with a personal best toss the 35-11.

Freshman Abira Reddish finished second in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Syaani Harris took third in the 60-meter dash after setting a personal-best in the semifinals with a time of 7.93 seconds.

Barton will be back in competition at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships on Feb. 17 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Lady Bulldogs sweep Methodist

The Barton College women’s tennis team started its 2019 season by handing NCAA Division III Methodist University a 7-0 setback Sunday afternoon.

All six of the Lady Bulldogs won while only dropping two sets. Senior Vanessa Sanoja, junior Marissa Stevenson, sophomore Claudia Capellades and freshman Isabella Caballero all won their singles matches in straight sets.

Senior Daria Avram won a third-set tiebreaker with former Charles B. Aycock standout Ashton Walker, 10-4. Sophomore Ada Vargas let Jill Lawrencepush the match to a tiebreaker, but won 10-8. 

The Lady Bulldogs claimed the doubles point with three victories from Avram-Stevenson, Sanoja-Vargas and Capellades-Caballero.

Barton will be back on the court Friday to take on Wingate in the City of Florence Invitational in Florence, S.C.

BARTON 7, METHODIST 0

Daria Avram (BC)  def. Ashton Walker (MU) 6-7, 7-5, 10-4; Marissa Stevenson (BC) def. Taylor Jackson (MU) 6-2, 6-0 Vanessa Sanoja (BC)  def. Allison Himes 6-2, 7-5; Ada Vargas (BC) def. Jill Lawrence  6-4, 4-6, 10-8; Isabella Caballero (BC)def. Abby Caddick 6-1, 6-2; Claudia Capellades (BC)  def. Bri Rado 6-3, 6-2.

Avram-Stevenson (BC) def. Jackson-Caddick 6-4; Sanoja-Vargsas (BC) def. Himes-Lawrence 6-3; Capellades-Caballero (BC) def. Walker-Siracusa 7-5.

 

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