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WINSTON-SALEM — Four runs in the top of the third inning helped trigger the Barton College baseball team to a 9-5 nonconference over host Winston-Salem State at BB&T Ballpark.
The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Bulldogs pushed their record to 15-8 with their 12th nonconference victory. The Div. II CIAA Rams tumbled to 10-6.
The Bulldogs led 2-1 on senior Troy Maslowski’s two-run double in the top of the second when Barton used two hits and two WSSU errors to seize control in the top of the third.
Sophomore Colby Warren reached on an error to lead off the third and eventually scored on a wild pitch after a single by shortstop JoJo Allen. Another Rams miscue allowed designated hitter Juan Martinez, who had walked, to score before junior catcher Brayden Olsen rapped a two-run single.
The Rams scored in each of third, fourth and fifth innings to trim Barton’s lead to 6-5 before another WSSU error brought in an unearned run in the sixth. Warren tripled in Maslowski and Jacob Marcos for the final markers in the top of the seventh.
Freshman left-hander Connor Patterson, the second of five pitchers used by Bulldogs head coach Jim Chester, picked up the win to even his record at 1-1. He worked an inning and a third, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three. Relievers Jakob Ryan, Andrew Davis and Warren combined to shut out the Rams over the final 4 2/3 innings.
Barton opens a conference series Friday at archrival Mount Olive with a single game starting at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs and Trojans will play a doubleheader Saturday at Scarborough Field, starting at noon.
Score by innings:
Barton 024 001 020 — 9
WSSU 101 210 000 — 5
WP-Connor Patterson (1-1) 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Eli Boles (1-1) 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Troy Maslowski 3-6, 2B, 2 RBIs; Colby Warren 1-5, 3B, 2 RBIs; JoJo Allen 2-4, 2 R. Winston-Salem State: Nick Ward 3-5, 2B; E.P. Reese 1-4, 2 RBIs.