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BARTON ROUNDUP: Russell wins 2 titles at CC Indoor Track Championship

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WINSTON-SALEM — Behind first-place showings in the triple jump and long jump from three-time Conference Carolinas Men’s Indoor Track Field Athlete of the Year Larry Russell, the Barton College men’s indoor track team finished fourth in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships at JDL Fast Track inWinston-Salem.

Russell set a new Barton record in the triple jump with his effort of 47 feet, 11 inches and traversed the long jump at an even 25 feet en route to a first-place showing in that event.

Already a two-time NCAA Division II All-American in the high jump and long jump, Russell has earned provisional qualification to the Div. II national championships in Pittsburg, Kansas in both events. Russell’s long-jump showing ranks No. 4 nationally.

Two more Barton entries won individual titles with junior Micah Clemons claiming the weight throw with a conference record 56-9. The men’s distance medley relay of  sophmore Nicholas Leek, sophomore Greg Gibbs, freshman Timothy DeVore and sophomore Hunt High product Evan Lee won that conference title, turning in a school record showing of 10:46.10.

Clemons added a runner-up finish in the shot put as Russell placed third in the high jump.

In the women’s competition, the Lady Bulldogs finished ninth as a team. Individually, sophomore Syaani Harris was fourth in the 60-meter dash in a school-record 7.82 seconds, while freshman Hailey Russell was fourth in the 800-meter run.

The University of Mount Olive swept both team titles.

BASEBALL

The Barton College baseball team used a seven-run third inning to claim the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader with Mercy College before a seventh-inning rally fell short in proceeding to a split at Nixon Field.

Barton, which won three of the four weekend games after sweep Saturday’s doubleheader, departed 8-5. 

Mercy, in opening its season against the Bulldogs, moved to 1-3.

Trailing 9-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs got the first four men of the half inning aboard and slashed the deficit to 9-7 on a two-run double by shortstop JoJo Allen. With one out, Jacob Marcos grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate Allen for the final margin. Represeting the winning run, Troy Maslowski grounded out to third to end it.

The Bulldogs were outhit 16-7, falling behind 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth before Colby Warren’s two-run homer to left. Three batters later, Allen, who finished 3 for 4, slapped his first double to the gap in left center to plate Noah Almond, who walked.

Warren took the loss on the mound for Barton, lasting 2 2/3 innings and allowing eight hits. He struck out three and walked two. Alex Hart entered in relief  and yielded six hits over the next 2 1/3 iings.

Fernando Figueroa orchestrated four innings of two-hit work in getting the win for Mercy. Alonso Tenya entered in the seventh and collected his first save. Warren was 2 for 3 with four RBIs at the palte for Barton. Hunter Pearre doubled.

For Mercy, John Mooradian and Adonis Garcia each tallied three hits. Mooradian, as part of a three-RBI showing, slammed a two-run triple in the third.

In the opener, Barton surged from a 2-1 deficit with its seven runs in the third. An error and bases-loaded walk to Allen benefitted the Bulldogs, with Shawn Harrison’s two-run single putting the Bulldogs up 8-2.

Mercy outhit the Bulldogs 9-5 and closed to within the final margin on a bases-clearing, three-run double by catcher Nicholas Pellegrino in the seventh.

Marcos was 2 for 3 with a double to lead Barton offensively.

In relief, Dylan Ward picked up his first win for the Bulldogs, working three innings and allowing three hits. 

Ward worked around five walks in that span, while Fredrick May tallied the final two-thirds of an inning for his first save.

Weather permitting, Barton faces Piedmont International on Tuesday.

GAME 1

Score by innings:

Mercy 101 010 3 6

Barton 107 000 0 8

WP-Dylan Ward (1-0) 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO. LP-Jack Kelly (0-1) 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 8 R, 2  ER, 4 BB, 1 SO. S- Fredrick May (1) 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jacob Marcos 2-3, 2B, Shawn Harrison 1-3, 2 RBI; Mercy: Anthony Murphy 2-4, HR, RBI, Adonis Garcia 2-3, 2B, RBI; Joseph Sadallah 1-1, HR, RBI.

GAME 2

Score by innings:

Mercy 224 010 0 9

Barton 200 030 3 8

WP-Fernando Figueroa (1-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO. LP-Colby Warren (0-3) 2 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. S- Alonso Tenya (1) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: JoJo Allen 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Colby Warren 2-3, HR, 4 RBI; Hunter Pearre 1-3, 2B, R; Mercy: John Mooradian 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI, Ethan McMenamy 2-5, 2B, RBI.

SOFTBALL

The early season struggles of the Barton College softball team pressed on Sunday with a 12-2, six-inning loss to Charleston (West Virginia) University at Jeffries Field.

In finishing up a seven-game homestand, the Lady Bulldogs (2-7) halved a 4-0 deficit in the second on a two-run single by Taylor Freeman. However Charleston, victorious in its season opener, responded with two runs in the fourth and six more in the sixth to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.

Carly Turner, the winning pitcher, drove in three runs in the inning, leading off with a solo homer to right center and adding a two-run single upon returning to the plate as the Mountain East Conference Golden Eagles sent 10 to the plate in the half inning.

Turner allowed just four hits and recorded nine strikeouts. Senior Hannah Jones was tagged with the loss for Barton, allowing six runs over 3 1/3 innings. Four were earned.

Freeman, in going 2 for 4, was the only Barton player with more than one hit as the Lady Bulldogs were outhit 14-4. Barton struggled defensively with six errors.

Barton, which won’t see Jeffries Field again until March 23 and a 23-game span, visits Claflin (South Carolina) University on Saturday.

Score by innings:

Charleston 310 026 12

Barton 020 000 2

WP-Carly Turner (1-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (1-5) 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. 

LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Taylor Freeman 2-4; Charleston: Haleigh Christopher 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Carly Turner 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, Brionna Bowman 2-4, 2 2B, RBI.

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