by Benny Benton
SALISBURY, N.C. – The Barton College softball team never gave itself much of a chance on Sunday, giving up a combined 13 runs in the first inning of two non-conference losses at Catawba College.
The Lady Indians scored five times in the first inning of game one on their way to an 11-3 five-inning victory, then erupted for eight runs to begin game two en route to an 11-0 five-inning shutout.
The sweep left Catawba at 6-4 on the season, while Barton dropped to 1-5 with the losses.
However, the Lady Indians used three hits and three walks in the bottom of the frame to produce five runs off Barton starter Hannah Jones (0-3). Grace Holland had a two-run double for Catawba, and Leah Huggins followed with an RBI triple.
Catawba extended its lead to 7-0 in the second inning, but Barton got those two runs back in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by freshman Hayley Grizzle and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch drawn by Sierra Hearp.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Lady Indians used a leadoff double, three consecutive walks and then a bases-clearing double off the bat of Jordan Dean to plate four runs and end the game prematurely on the eight-run rule.
Catawba set up the eight-run rule in game two in the very first inning, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring the eight runs on six hits off Barton starter Hearp (0-2). The Lady Indians added a single run in the second inning and two more in the fourth.
Barton managed just three hits in game one and six hits in game two, while Catawba rapped out 19 over the two contests. BC pitchers also issued 11 walks over the doubleheader.
Grizzle went 3-for-5 on the day with a run scored and RBI, and Jacobs went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The road trip concludes Monday with a noon doubleheader at Winston-Salem State University.