by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College baseball team tallied a season-high 13 runs to take game one of a doubleheader against the Glenville State College Pioneers on Saturday in non-conference action at Nixon Field. BC handed the Pioneers a 13-3 defeat in the opener before dropping a 7-3 decision in the nightcap.
The Bulldogs (3-4) were in victorious three of the four games against the Pioneers over the weekend, recording timely hits in game one. Glenville State (1-3) won the final game of the series as Andrew Hughart tossed a complete-game for the Pioneers. Hughart scattered three runs on five hits while striking out seven batters.
Freshman outfielder Tate Proctor went 4-for-6 at the plate for the Bulldogs and was responsible for five runs batted in on the day. Proctor clubbed his first collegiate home run for BC in the bottom of the fourth inning of game one with a grand slam to cap a seven-run frame for the Bulldogs. Junior Troy Maslowski finished the day 4-for-5 with three RBIs for the Bulldogs and started the second game on the mound. Maslowski tossed 3.1 innings before being taken out of the game after being hit in the leg by a line-drive. Freshman Mason Cooper also clubbed his first collegiate home run in the first game, going 1-for-2 at the plate with three RBIs. Junior shortstop Gatlin Pate recorded three hits on the day, while sophomore Chase Riker drove in a pair of runs in game one.
Christian Hedinger had a 4-for-5 day at the plate for the Pioneers, plating a pair of runners in game one. Bryan Bayliss had a 3-for-4 effort in game two for Glenville State, while Logan Henderson delivered the big hit in the second game for the Pioneers as his three-run home run gave his team a 7-3 lead en route to the win. Anthony Jarvis added three hits on the day for the Pioneers.
Freshman right-hander Kendrick Creasey made his first start of the season for BC in the opening game on Saturday and would get some early offensive run support. After working a clean top of the first inning, the BC offense recorded a four-spot to take a 4-0 lead on the scoreboard. Junior second baseman Ricks Dearing started the inning with a single through the right side and would eventually advance to second following a failed pickoff attempt. Dearing scored from third as Riker reached on a fielding error by the second baseman.
With two outs in the frame and a pair of runners on base, Cooper sent a 1-1 offering from Glenville State starter Adam Riggleman over the fence in left field to make it 4-0 for the Bulldogs. Creasey worked around a one-out double by Tyler Phillips in the top of the second inning to preserve the advantage. Barton added another in the bottom of the inning as Maslowski recorded his first RBI of the day by lacing a single to right field to make it 5-0.
The Pioneers plated a run in the top of the third inning against Creasey as Hedinger scored on a groundout. Glenville State looked to add more runs in the frame until freshman left fielder Charlie Horne threw-out a runner at the plate on a single by Jarvis through the left side. Barton upped its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the inning with Proctor delivering a single to plate Horne from third.
A two-RBI single to left field off the bat of Hedinger trimmed the deficit to 6-3 for the Pioneers in the top of the fourth inning. Following a walk that would load the bases for Glenville State with only one out, the Bulldogs made a call to the bullpen for right-handed sophomore Landry Moore. A strikeout and a fly ball to left field would be all that Moore needed to strand the bases loaded and keep the lead intact.
The big inning for the Bulldogs came in the bottom of the fourth as Riker singled up the middle to plate a pair of runs and make it 8-3. With the bases loaded after a walk to freshman Colby Warren, Horne laced a single to center field to allow Riker to score from third. Leading 9-3, Proctor took a 1-2 offering from reliever Jesse Weathers and sent it over the right-field fence to clear the bases and make it 13-3 Barton.
The combination of Moore, junior Ryan Pifer, and junior Clint Marsh held the Pioneers off the scoreboard over the final three innings of play. The Barton bullpen allowed just two hits while fanning four batters in the process to hold the lead en route to the victory.
Creasey (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits through 3.1 innings of work while walking five batters and fanning two. Riggleman (0-1) suffered the loss for the Pioneers after allowing six runs on five hits through 2.2 innings on the mound. Riggleman walked four batters and struck out three for Glenville State. Grant Reed tossed the final two innings for the Pioneers and yielded only two hits while walking one and striking out one.
For the first time in the four-game set between the two sides, Glenville State scored first in game two and took a 2-0 lead against Maslowski and the Bulldogs. The Pioneers plated a pair of runs in the top of the second inning with Hedinger driving in a run with a single and Jordan Braniff scoring on a wild pitch.
Barton answered immediately, scoring three times in the bottom of the frame to knot the score and eventually take the lead. With runners on second and third and two outs in the inning, the Bulldogs started a rally as redshirt freshman catcher Danny Rodriguez singled to plate Proctor. Two batters later, Maslowski helped his own cause on the mound by giving BC a 3-2 lead, lacing a single up the middle to score senior Richard Trifaro and Rodriguez.
Trailing 3-2, the Pioneers evened the score in the fourth inning on a groundout to the shortstop. Freshman lefty Alex Hart avoided any further damage in the frame as Rodriguez caught Hedinger trying to steal second. Proctor put the Bulldogs in a great position to retake the lead in the bottom of the frame by hitting a lead-off triple on the first pitch he saw. Hughart worked around the triple on the mound for Glenville State, stranding Proctor at third after a pair of fly balls and a groundout.
Hart would see the Pioneers retake the lead in the fifth inning as Phillips crushed a double to center that would plate Boswell, who started the inning with a double of his own to center. Holding a 4-3 lead, Glenville State took a four-run advantage as Henderson turned on a 0-1 pitch from Hart to clear the bases with a three-run home run and give the Pioneers a 7-3 lead.
Barton would have no answer against Hughart and the Pioneers over the next three innings. Hughart recorded six of his seven strikeouts in the game over the final three innings. He would strike out the side in the seventh to seal the victory and the complete-game. The Pioneers recorded 11 hits in the game compared to five for Barton and tallied five extra-base hits.
Maslowski took a no-decision on the mound for the Bulldogs, while Hart dropped to 0-2 on the season after allowing four runs over 1.2 innings of work. Warren tossed a pair of scoreless innings for BC to finish the game, fanning a pair of batters and yielding only one hit.
The Bulldogs face Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday, Feb. 13 for a pair of games in Asheville, N.C. beginning at 1 p.m. Barton returns home on Feb. 17 as it kicks-off a four-game series against Mercy at Nixon Field.