Bulldogs pull off walk-off sweep of Kutztown

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Mired in the throes of a seven-game losing streak, the Barton College baseball team experienced the thrill of a walk-off win in the first game of Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader at Nixon Field.

In fact, the Bulldogs liked it so much, they did it twice against Kutztown.

Freshman pinch runner Hayden Amodeo scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Barton a come-from-behind 9-8 win in the opener, and sophomore Gatlin Pate’s wind-aided single into right field again scored Amodeo in the capacity of a pinch runner as Barton completed the sweep with a 7-6 win in seven innings.

Barton of Conference Carolinas improved to 16-10, while the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Bears dropped to 8-7.

Both contests were scheduled for seven innings, but a 7-7 deadlock after seven complete innings forced extras. In a 5-5 game in the sixth, redshirt senior Chris Davis laced a two-run double to put Barton up 7-5. However, Kutztown answered with two runs in the top of the seventh.

Senior Kerry Walker (5-2) was the winner in relief for Barton, with Ryan Chow charged with the loss for the Bears.

Davis finished with six RBIs, including a two-run single in the first inning of game 2. Senior Andrew Webster launched his 13th homer in the fifth inning, a number that leads NCAA Division II.

Sophomore Dylan Ward (4-2) was the winner in relief for the Bulldogs in game 2. Kutztown’s Kevin Sell took the loss.

Barton begins a Conference Carolinas series with King University on Friday at Nixon Field, with first pitch set for 2:30 p.m.