BURLINGTON — A promising season that began with 13 consecutive wins for the Barton College baseball team ended with six straight losses as the Bulldogs were eliminated from the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament Friday with a 13-5 loss to Pfeiffer.
The fourth-seeded Bulldogs, who fell 5-3 in 11 innings to Belmont Abbey in the tourney opener Thursday, trailed 4-2 until the No. 6-seeded Falcons erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning in Burlington Athletic Stadium. The big blow was Derek Perry’s grand slam off reliever Ryan Pifer, the fourth of seven Bulldogs pitchers.
Barton took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on senior Andrew Webster’s two-run double, giving him 58 for the season. The Bulldogs’ only other runs came on Gatlin Pate’s three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Reliever Andrew Davis, who took over for starter Trent Fennell in the top of the sixth, took the loss. Davis (3-7) gave up two runs on two hits and four walks as the Falcons snapped a 2-2 deadlock. Jordan Toney (6-8) worked eight innings to get the win for Pfeiffer.
The Falcons, now 2-0 in the tourney, advance to play top-seeded Mount Olive in Saturday’s semifinals round. Pfeiffer (24-23) surprised the Trojans 9-2 in Thursday’s opening round.
The Bulldogs finished 28-23, bidding farewell to seniors Webster, Tyler Garrett, Landon Dunlap, Calvin Hawke, Chris Davis, Jacob Willis, Blake Spangenberg, Justin Evans, Kerry Walker and Shawn Montren.
Score by innings:
Pfeiffer 100 012 711 — 13
Barton 200 000 030 — 5
WP-Jordan Toney (6-8) 8 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO. LP-Andrew Davis (3-7) 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO.