WILSON, N.C. – The Barton baseball team (13-8, 2-3) split a Conference Carolinas doubleheader with Chowan (7-3-1, 3-1) Saturday afternoon at Nixon Field. The Bulldogs rolled in the first contest by a 17-3 score but the Hawks salvaged the split in the nightcap, 10-5.
With the game one victory, Barton surpassed last year's win total while the second game ended one inning short due to darkness.
Game One – Barton 17, Chowan 3
The Bulldogs broke the contest open with a 10-run sixth frame – highlighted by a grand slam from junior shortstop JoJo Allen (Clarksville, Tenn.) – while junior Colby Shimmel (Windsor, Pa.) (2-1) threw seven shutout innings to earn the win on the mound. Shimmel scattered four hits while striking out nine batters in the victory.
The Bulldogs were aided by six Hawks' errors which led to seven unearned runs. Barton freshman outfielder Jacob Marcos (Miami, Fla.), the team's leading hitter (.400), added four hits and four runs scored and senior outfielder Troy Maslowski (Cary, N.C.) hit a two-run double as part of a four-run fourth inning.
Chowan's Nick Rose (Wendell, N.C.) had a two-run double in the ninth inning while Josh Vincent (Waterford, Conn.) fell to 2-1 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Chowan 10, Barton 5 (six innings)
Chowan's Jack Kane (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) and Brock Cross (Grimesland, N.C.) both hit home runs as the Hawks broke a one-all tie with a seven-run second inning and held on to salvage the split. The frame was rounded out with a two-run round-tripper from Cross.
Barton responded with four runs in its half of the second including an RBI triple from sophomore first baseman Colby Warren (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) but the Bulldogs couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. Defensive miscues plagued the home team in the nightcap with seven Hawks crossing the plate as unearned runs.
Chowan's Vinny Puma (Detroit, Mich.) (1-0) earned the win in relief after pitching four scoreless innings without allowing a hit and strikeout out four batters while Barton freshman Connor Patterson (Randleman, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
The third and final game of the weekend series will take place on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., at Nixon Field.