Led by senior catcher Andrew Webster, the Barton College baseball team landed three first-team all-conference players when NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas announced its postseason honors.
Webster, who was selected to the first team for the second straight year and named all-conference for the third time, was joined by senior shortstop Calvin Hawke and junior starting pitcher Trent Fennell. Junior outfielder Troy Maslowski was named to the second team, giving Barton four all-conference players for the third time since 2009.
Webster, who finished the season as the NCAA leader in all divisions with 21 home runs, ranked in the top two in Conference Carolinas in batting average (.401), on-base percentage (.511), slugging percentage (.824), hits (75) and RBIs (58). Hawke, who was a second-team selection, last year was named to the utility spot on the first team. He was second in the league in batting (.400) behind Webster.
Fennell, who set a Barton record for strikeouts (93) since the program joined the NCAA ranks in 1996, went 7-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 851⁄3 innings. He started 14 games and finished five of those starts. It was his first all-conference recognition.
Maslowski, also earning all-conference acclaim for the first time, played in all 49 of Barton’s games. He hit .364 with 10 doubles, six homers and 22 RBIs while scoring 35 runs.
Barton, picked to finish fifth in Conference Carolinas, finished 28-21 and in fourth place. The Bulldogs were eliminated after losing their first two games in the Conference Carolinas tournament, won by regular-season champion Mount Olive on Sunday.
HEARP EARNS SOFTBALL HONOR
Barton freshman Sierra Hearp was the Lady Bulldogs’ only All-Conference Carolinas selection in softball, landing on the first team as a utility player.
Hearp, the first Barton freshman to make the all-conference team since 2009, led the Lady Bulldogs with 26 RBIs. She hit .339 and also had a team-high on-base percentage of .454.
When she was playing one of three infield positions, Hearp was in the pitchers circle, where she produced a 7-4 record in 702⁄3 innings of work. She threw a no-hitter in her first collegiate start.
The Lady Bulldogs finished 24-27 overall and 11-11 and in seventh place in the first season under head coach Junior Bailey. Barton lost two straight and was eliminated in the Conference Carolinas tournament, won by North Greenville on Sunday.
FRASER MAKES HISTORY
Barton freshman Rebecca Fraser made school history as the first women’s lacrosse all-conference selection as one of eight defenders to the All-Conference Carolinas team.
Fraser, a second-team pick, was one of the bright spots for the Lady Bulldogs in their inaugural lacrosse season. She is No. 1 in Div. II in ground balls per match at 4.92 and ranks in the top 15 nationally in caused turnovers with 30.
Barton went 2-10 overall and 1-9 in league matches.