by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College Bulldogs used a seven-run third inning to secure an 8-7 victory against Emmanuel College in game one of a doubleheader on Friday at Nixon Field. The Lions would use a pair of five-run frames in game two to earn a split and tally a 15-6 win in Conference Carolinas baseball action.
Barton (11-29, 3-14) tallied eight runs on 11 hits in the opener while receiving a strong start from senior Trent Fennell. Emmanuel (13-20, 4-13) used an offensive outburst from Daniel Gooden in game two en route to a win as Gooden hit a pair of grand-slam home runs and tallied 10 runs batted in to pace the Lions.
Junior Troy Maslowski finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with a trio of walks, while freshman Hunter Little tallied four hits in nine at-bats for the Bulldogs. Little recorded a double while scoring a pair of runs and notching one RBI. Freshman Mason Cooper hit his fourth home run of the season while going 2-for-6 at the plate with two RBI. Redshirt-sophomore Lane Olive recorded a two-RBI double in game one and finished the day with three RBI for the Bulldogs.
Gooden finished the day with four hits including three home runs for the Lions while recording 11 RBI and three runs scored. Jacob Teston recorded five hits on the day including a 4-for-4 effort in game two to go along with two RBI. Phillip Swindell had a four-hit day while delivering a solo home run in game two for the Lions. Swindell also scored six runs on the day in the lead-off spot for Emmanuel.
In game one, Fennell would be locked-in for the Bulldogs as the Dunn, N.C. native recorded six strikeouts through the first three innings of play. The BC offense would give Fennell an early lead to work with as Cooper sent a ball over the wall in center field to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
The Bulldogs would put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning against Emmanuel starter Ethan Bailey. Sophomore Noah Almond started the inning by reaching on an error by the third baseman and would advance to second on a single by Little. Junior Ricks Dearing would give BC a 3-0 advantage with a double down the left field line and later score to make it 4-0 as Pate added a double of his own to center field.
Olive gave Barton a 7-0 lead against reliever Colton Bridges with a double down the right-field line to score sophomore Chase Riker and freshman Colby Warren. Almond capped the scoring in the frame with a single up the middle as the Lions would make another call to the bullpen to get out of the inning.
Barton would need every one of its eight runs offensively as Emmanuel cut into the BC lead in the top of the sixth inning. Jake Nichols trimmed the deficit to 8-2 with a single off Fennell that would score Brock Baughcum. The Lions cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh inning against Barton reliever Clay Walters. Baughcum delivered an RBI groundout while Hanon Price followed with an RBI single to left field.
Walker Smith delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to left field in the top of the eighth inning as he would trim the gap to 8-5 for the Lions. Sophomore Landry Moore would get out of the inning without any further damage as he got Dallas Richards swinging to end the inning. Emmanuel tallied two more runs in the top of the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 8-7 following a sacrifice fly from Nichols to score Price. Junior Chase Long would record the final out of the game to secure the victory for BC as he got Stephen Skeggs to pop up to Warren at third base.
Fennell (5-4) allowed two unearned runs over six innings of work for the Bulldogs yielded just one hit as his no-hitter was snapped in the sixth inning. Fennell finished with 10 strikeouts and four walks, while Bailey (1-3) suffered the loss after exiting the game in the third inning and allowing five runs on four hits. Ty Tipton tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Lions and fanned five batters.
Game two started a little differently as Emmanuel got onto the board first in the top of the first inning as Gooden connected on a two-run home run against BC starter Dylan Ward. Swindell followed with a home run of his own in the top of the third inning to give the Lions a 3-0 edge. The Bulldogs had a pair of opportunities to get onto the board early in the game but would strand five runners on base through the first three innings of play.
BC cut the Emmanuel lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning as Gatlin Pate singled off Cooper Murphy to score Little. The Bulldogs seemed poised to add more runs but a pick-off at second base followed by a strikeout of Riker left a pair of runners on base for BC.
Leading 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Gooden delivered his first grand-slam to increase the Emmanuel lead to 8-1. In the top of the sixth inning, Gooden would find himself at the plate with the bases loaded once again. Gooden cleared the bases once more with a home run to right field that would make it 12-1 Emmanuel. The Lions added one more run in the frame as Teston scored from third while Barton turned a double-play.
Barton would get some things rolling offensively in the bottom of the sixth inning as Olive delivered his second run-scoring hit of the day to cut the deficit to 13-3. Almond and Little would tally run-scoring singles to close the gap to 13-5 in the frame. Freshman Garrett Giddens delivered an RBI single to right field to score Almond and pull BC to within seven runs of the Lions.
Emmanuel rounded out the scoring in the top of the seventh inning as Teston connected on a double to left field to give the Lions a 15-6 lead. Murphy (1-3) finished with six runs allowed on 11 hits through 5.1 innings of work and recorded the win for the Lions, while Zach Wells worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the win.
The Bulldogs and Lions will attempt to play a single game on Saturday at Nixon Field with first-pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. Potential weather in the area could affect the start of the game between Barton and Emmanuel. Stay tuned to www.bartonbulldogs.com for more information as it becomes available.