Great pitching, but not enough runs for Bulldogs in 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Despite Barton College pitchers Dylan Ward and Colby Warren combining on a three-hitter, the Bulldogs couldn’t produce enough runs off their six hits in a 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday in the second day of action at the Carolinas Hospital System Classic in Sparrow Stadium.

Ward started and went six innings, giving up two hits, but one was a two-run triple in the third inning by the Bears’ Will Jones. Ward allowed an unearned run in a disastrous first inning that saw the Bulldogs commit three errors, including two on one play by second baseman Ricks Dearing.

Ward struck out nine while walking one and hitting three Lenoir-Rhyne batters. Warren pitched the seventh and eighth, giving up a single and walking one and striking out two.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s 3-0 lead held until the top of the fourth when Troy Maslowski’s two-out single brought in Noah Almond. Barton added another run in the sixth when Almond singled in Chase Riker, who walked and took second on a wild pitch by Bears left-handed starting pitcher Hunter Martin, who picked up the win. Relievers Connor Dailey and Landon Whitson combined to keep the Bulldogs off the bases over the final three innings, with Whitson pitching the last two to earn the save.

Riker and Almond each had two of Barton’s six hits.

The Bulldogs, 0-2 under new head Jim Chester, will play host Francis Marion on Saturday in the final day of the Classic.