Barton baseball rolls by Lenoir-Rhyne, 9-4, for first victory of the season

Barton sophomore first baseman Colby Warren hit two home runs in the Bulldogs’ 9-4 road win over Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C.  Photo courtesy of Cory Guinn.
Barton sophomore first baseman Colby Warren hit two home runs in the Bulldogs’ 9-4 road win over Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C. Photo courtesy of Cory Guinn.

HICKORY, N.C. – The Barton College baseball team (1-3) picked up its first win of the 2019 campaign with a 9-4 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3) Wednesday evening at Bears Field.

Barton sophomore first baseman Colby Warren (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Bulldogs raced to a 9-1 advantage on their way to the victory.

The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with a three-run third inning highlighted by a two-run home run from Warren then took control with a four-run fourth frame.  Sophomore third baseman Gatlin Pate (Grays Creek, N.C.) had a run-scoring double in both innings for Barton, whose six of nine hits were for extra bases.

On the mound, freshman Donovan Waitman (Valencia, Calif.) (1-0) earned the win in relief for freshman Connor Patterson (Randleman, N.C.).  Patterson allowed just one run while pitching into the fifth inning in addition to five strikeouts. 

For Lenoir-Rhyne, E.J. Ranel (Dacula, Ga.) hit a solo home run in the ninth inning while Kain Kiser (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

Barton hosts Nyack (N.Y.) in its home opener on Saturday as part of a doubleheader beginning at Noon at Nixon Field.  Lenoir-Rhyne, meanwhile, hosts Mount Olive in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.