by Benny Benton
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Barton College junior Brittany Jacobs produced a 3-for-3 game at the plate that included her first career home run, but it was the only run scored by the Lady Bulldogs in two Conference Carolinas losses at North Greenville University on Saturday, 8-0 (5 inn.) and 3-1.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-18, 3-5) managed just two hits in the opener and six hits in the nightcap in falling back below .500 in league play. North Greenville moved to 5-1 in the conference and 19-13 overall with the sweep.
Game 2: North Greenville 3, Barton 1
The Crusaders scored all their runs in the nightcap during the second inning after producing three hits off Barton pitcher Makayla Meeks and taking advantage of a Barton error.
NGU loaded the bases in the fifth inning on two hits and a BC miscue, but Meeks used a pop-up to second to end the threat and keep the Lady Bulldogs close.
Meeks (3-4) surrendered eight hits and two earned runs in the complete-game loss. The sophomore did not walk a batter and struck out two.
Jacobs provided Barton with its lone run when she took a 2-0 pitch from NGU's Amanda Coffrin over the fence in left-center, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
The Spotsylvania, Va., resident led off the Barton seventh with a single, and Coffrin hit a batter to give the Lady Bulldogs a pair of baserunners in the final inning. However, Coffrin got a groundout to short to end the game.
Coffrin (9-7) gave up six hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six.
Game 1: North Greenville 8, Barton 0 (5 inn.)
North Greenville jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Kate Lee's three-run homer, but Barton pitcher Hannah Jones limited NGU to two hits and no runs over the next three innings.
As quickly as the Crusaders jumped into the lead in the first inning, they ended the game with an unexpected five-run outburst in the fifth. After Megan Johnson produced a one-out RBI double to score a run, Jones recorded a strikeout for out number two. But out number three never came, as North Greenville used a walk and three singles to score four more runs and end the game on the eight-run rule.
Jones (6-5) was tagged for 10 hits and the eight runs while walking three and striking out one.
Barton could never provide her with any offensive support while facing Crusaders pitcher Brooklyn Fort (10-4), who held BC to a single by Megan Kelly leading off the contest and a single by Sydney Speight starting the third inning. Fort walked two and struck out four in the victory.
The shutout was the eighth suffered by the Lady Bulldogs this season.
The contests against NGU completed a stretch of three doubleheaders in three days, all on the road, for the Lady Bulldogs. Barton will play its next three at home, beginning with a non-conference matchup against USC Aiken on Thursday.