WILSON, N.C. – The Barton baseball team (7-4) turned to its offense in a doubleheader sweep of Mercy (0-2), 20-6 and 11-0, Friday afternoon at Nixon Field. The Bulldogs have now won seven of their last eight games.
Game One – Barton 20, Mercy 6
Trailing by a 5-2 score in the middle of the second inning, the Bulldogs exploded for 15 straight runs highlighted by a seven-run third frame on their way to the victory. The inning was highlighted by a bases-clearing triple from senior outfielder Troy Maslowski (Cary, N.C.).
The Bulldogs had three players – freshman outfielder Jacob Marcos (Miami, Fla.) and junior pinch hitters Trevor Edior (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Noah Almond (Raleigh, N.C.) – hit home runs while Marcos added three hits and four runs batted in to lead the home squad.
Barton senior Chase Long (Wilson, N.C.) (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of middle relief to earn the win while Mercy's Kevin Tise (New York, N.Y.) (0-1) took the setback. The Mavericks' Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit a home run and scored twice.
Game Two – Barton 11, Mercy 0 (five innings)
Barton senior third baseman Gatlin Pate (Grays Creek, N.C.) hit a two-run home run in the second inning and drove in four runs while junior Jakob Ryan (Carrollton, Va.) (2-1) pitched a one-hit shutout as the Bulldogs completed the sweep. Ryan struck out six batters as well.
The Bulldogs used a nine-run third frame to put the contest away as Barton won in five innings. The Mavericks' Luis Grullart (New York, N.Y.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
Barton and Mercy will look to wrap the weekend series with a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday at Noon at Nixon Field but the contests could be moved pending the weather.