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The Barton College athletics program staged its version of a super day on Super Bowl weekend with 11 teams in action Saturday.
Launching spring sports seasons were the softball, women’s lacrosse and women’s golf squads. The men’s golf team opened its spring season Sunday.
Bulldogs sweep Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. — The Barton College men’s volleyball team continued to dispatch NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas opposition with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 sweep of host Limestone College on Saturday.
The Bulldogs, who swept North Greenville University on Friday, vaulted to 4-0 in the conference with their fourth consecutive win. Now 4-5 overall, the Bulldogs welcome Coker (South Carolina) College at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a nonconference test.
Sophomore angelos Mandilaris thundered for 17 kills against Limestone. Barton hit .215 as a team, committing 17 attack errors.
Mandilaris also notched five aces and seven digs. His brother, junior Vasilis Mandilaris, managed 10 kills and seven digs. Junior Aleksa Brkovic contributed seven kills, five assists and seven digs. Redshirt junior Oscar Florentino amassed 30 assists and freshman libero Wilfredo Rivera led Barton with eight digs.
Blake shines in Barton debut
MURFREESBORO — Powered by freshman shortstop Jordan Blake, the Barton College softball team bounced back for a 10-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
Chowan ruled 11-1 in the opener.
Blake, in the second game, batted 3 for 4 with her second home run of the day and a double. She drove in five runs. The Lady Bulldogs took command with eight runs in the second inning.
Second baseman Brittany Jacobs and right fielder Taylor Martin each rapped two hits. Sophomore Sierra Hearp was the winning pitcher, working 3 2/3 innings, spacing six hits while striking out seven.
In the opener, Barton was limited to four hits and Chowan plated seven unearned runs against starting pitcher Hannah Jones. Leading 3-1, Chowan erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning.
Barton’s only run came when Blake slugged a homer in her first collegiate at-bat in the first inning.
Score by innings:
WP-Buchanan (1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 Bb, 4 SO. LP-Hannah Jones (0-1) 3 1/3 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jordan Blake 1-3, HR; Jessica Onega 1-1. Chowan: Stigler 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Salman 2-3, 2 R.
Score by innings:
WP-Sierra Hearp (1-0) 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. LP-Griffis (0-1).
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Jordan Blake 3-4, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R; Taylor Martin 2-3, Brittany Jacobs 2-3, 2B; Sierra Hearp 1-2 2B. Chowan: Neal 2-2, Wildeboer 1-1, 3B, RBI.
BC deadlocked for 11th at Kiawah
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — With four scores in the 80s, the Barton College women’s golf team swung into the spring season with a score of 341 for its low four individuals to occupy 11th place among 16 teams in the Barton Invitational at Kiawah, being plyed on the Oak Point Course at Kiawah Island Resort.
Junior Maria Garcia led the Lady Bulldogs with an 82 to own a share of the 27th spot in the 80-player field. Junior Sydney Turner carded an 84, junior Kelsey Woodall an 86, sophomore Clare McMahon an 89 and freshman Jailynn Thomas a 94.
Nationally-ranked No. 13 Florida Southern and No. 14 Wingate University, coached by former Barton head coach John Hackney, shared the first-round lead at 313. UNC Pembroke’s Madison Corley owned the individual lead with a 70.
Brnclik’s goal averts shutout
MOUNT OLIVE — The season-opening assignment for the Barton College women’s lacrosse team Saturday was defending NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas champion University of Mount Olive.
The Lady Bulldogs averted a shutout in the waning seconds but were dealt a 20-1 defeat.
Freshman Jenna Brunclik scored the Barton goal. Mount Olive knocked in five goals the first nine minutes, and jackie Kaderabek, last year’s top freshman, collected four goals in the final 12 minutes of the first half.
Bulldogs shut out in Classic finale
FLORENCE, S.C. — The Barton College baseball team concluded its season-opening appearance in the Carolinas Hospital Systems Classic with an 9-0 loss to host Francis Marion University on Saturday.
Barton emerged winless in three tries, losing the first two games by a mere run. The Bulldogs of first-year head coach Jim Chester next see action in Asheboro on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Lenoir-Rhyne. Barton launches its home season with doubleheaders against Glenville State on Friday and Saturday.
Against Francis Marion (2-0), starting Barton freshman left-handed pitcher Alex Hart, in his collegiate debut, was rocked for six runs in the first inning.
Barton’s offense was limited to a double by freshman Hunter Little and a single each from junior Troy Maslowski, freshman Colby Warren and junior Ricks Dearing by three Francis Marion pitchers.
Score by innings:
WP-Isaac Rodgers (1-0) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. LP-Alex Hart (0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Barton: Hunter Little 1-1, 2B; Colby Warren 1-3, Ricks Dearing 1-3, Troy Maslowski 1-4. Francis Marion: Trey Chapman 3-3, 2 RBI; C.J. Mackinson 2-2, 4 R; Brody Thomasson 2-4, 2R.