Leading 4-3 after six innings, the Barton College baseball team, in its final 2017 appearance on its Nixon Field diamond, yielded three runs in the top of the seventh inning and dropped a 6-4 decision to UNC Pembroke, No. 27 nationally ranked in NCAA Division II in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, Tuesday afternoon.
The Braves, in the seventh, tied the score at 4-4 on a one-out single from infielder Jarratt Mobley, a freshman from SouthWest Edgecombe High. After Mobley advanced to second base on a failed pickoff attempt, Braves first baseman Ethan Baucom slammed a home run along the left-field line. The long blast was deemed fair by the home-plate umpire.
Thus, the Bulldogs lost their fifth consecutive midde-of-the-week contest and dipped to 28-18 overall. UNC Pembroke climbed to 31-11.
Barton ends the regular season with a three-game Conference Carolinas series in Tigerville, South Carolina, on Friday and Saturday against second-place North Greenville University. Barton is tied for fourth place.
Trailing by the final score, the Bulldogs wasted a pair of hits in the eighth inning against Braves reliever Dale Masterson and were retired in order in the bottom of the ninth by River Ryan, who recorded his second save.
Aaron Biggerstaff, the second of four UNC Pembroke pitchers, picked up the mound win. Left-hander Andrew Davis, the second of four Barton pitchers, took the loss, allowing the three runs in the seventh.
Barton sophomore Troy Maslowski scampered home on a wild pitch to open the scoring in the bottom of the first. The Bulldogs tied the score at 3-3 with two runs in the bottom of the third. Senior catcher Andrew Webster drew a bases-loaded walk and the Bulldogs added the second run on a Braves’ error.
The Bulldogs claimed a 4-3 lead with an unearned run in the sixth.
UNC Pembroke capitalized on Barton miscues to plate three runs in the top of the third.
Senior right fielder Shawn Montren batted 2 for 4 to lead the Barton offense. Freshman first baseman Chase Riker doubled.
For the Braves, Baucom homered, singled and drove in three runs. Centerfielder Roberto Rivera batted 3 for 5 and scored twice.