by Cory Guinn
SUMTER, S.C. – The Barton men's tennis team fell for the second straight time to open the spring season in a 6-3 loss to No. 49 Augusta University at the Palmetto Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs were able to gain a bit of confidence with a 9-0 rout of USC Sumter in an exhibition match.
In doubles play, Barton's No. 1 tandem of sophomore Jesus Gil and freshman Julian Bosch fell 9-8 before the freshman duo of Ermanno Galimberti and Rory Gaydon picked up an 8-6 win in the No. 3 position.
After Bosch faltered in the No. 1 singles slot, senior Jake McCartney used three sets to secure a 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 win over Augusta's Gaspardi Mathieu. The Bulldogs' final point of the match came at No. 3 via a 6-2, 6-4 win from senior Yaxi Pintado.
Barton returns to action on Thursday, Feb. in Florence, S.C. with a non-conference contest against Francis Marion University.
No. 49 Augusta 6, Barton 3
1. Patrick Oliveira (AUGMT17) def. Julian Bosch (BARTON) 6-1, 7-5
2. Jake McCartney (BARTON) def. Gaspard Mathieu (AUGMT17) 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
3. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Moritz Gehlhaus (AUGMT17) 6-2, 6-4
4. Arthur Andrade (AUGMT17) def. Rory Gaydon (BARTON) 6-2, 6-3
5. Joao Gabriel Freitas (AUGMT17) def. Ermanno Galimberti (BARTON) 7-5, 6-4
6. Gabriel Dos Santos (AUGMT17) def. Jesus Gil (BARTON) 6-3, 6-3
1. Patrick Oliveira/Odyr Cruz (AUGMT17) def. Julian Bosch/Jesus Gil (BARTON) 9-8
2. Moritz Gehlhaus/Gabriel Dos Santos (AUGMT17) def. Yaxi Pintado/Jake McCartney (BARTON) 8-4
3. Rory Gaydon/Ermanno Galimberti (BARTON) def. Arthur Andrade/Joao Gabriel Freitas (AUGMT17) 8-6
Barton College 0-2
Augusta University 2-0