by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Braves of No. 27 UNC Pembroke scored three runs in the seventh innings, including a two-run home run down the left field line, to steal a 6-4 victory from the Barton baseball team on Tuesday afternoon at Nixon Field.
The Bulldogs (28-18), playing in their final home game of the 2017 season, got on the scoreboard first as sophomore Troy Maslowski scored from third on a wild pitch.
However, the Braves (31-11), who were ranked No. 27 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Poll, took advantage of a few Barton miscues in the third inning to score three runs. The Bulldogs fought back to tie the score at 3-all in the bottom half of the inning, scoring once as senior Andrew Webster drew a walk with the bases loaded and scoring again on a Pembroke fielding error.
Maslowski, starting one the mound for the third time this season, held the Pembroke offense at bay over the next inning of play and gave way to left-hander Andrew Davis to start the fifth inning. Both sides went scoreless in the fifth as BC was able to scratch a run across in the sixth on another UNCP fielding error to retake the lead.
In the seventh, the Braves tied the score at 4-all with a one-out RBI single from Jarratt Mobley. After Mobley advanced 90 feet on a failed pickoff attempt, Ethan Baucom launched a long ball down the left field line that was deemed fair by the home plate umpire and gave the Braves a 6-4 lead.
Barton collected two hits in the eighth inning of play but stranded a runner at second before going down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Maslowski did not factor in the decision after giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits across four innings of work. Davis (3-5) was hit with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits with two strikeouts, while redshirt-junior Josh Mims pitched a perfect eighth inning of relief. Sophomore Ryan Pifer did not allow a hit and walked just one batter after coming on for an inning out of the bullpen.
Senior Shawn Montren led Barton at the plate finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Maslowski was 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Webster finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
The Bulldogs' regular season concludes this weekend with a three-game Conference Carolinas series against North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. beginning on Friday afternoon.