Barton softball suffers league doubleheader home setback to Erskine

Barton junior Jessica Onega drove in a run for the Bulldogs in the second game of a doubleheader setback Friday against Erskine at home.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton junior Jessica Onega drove in a run for the Bulldogs in the second game of a doubleheader setback Friday against Erskine at home. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton softball team (15-26, 4-10) fell twice to Erskine (24-11, 9-3), 4-0 and 9-2, in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Jeffries Field.

Game 1 – Erskine 4, Barton 0
The Flying Fleet's Morgan Hendrix (Kershaw, S.C.) improved to 12-5 on the year after throwing a two-hit shutout to go along with 10 strikeouts. 

Erskine's Shi Cain (Rockwell, N.C.) hit a two-run home run in the opening frame while Julia Cole (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.) added an RBI double for the visitors in the victory.  Barton senior Makayla Meeks (Greenville, N.C.) fell to 5-5 after suffering the setback.

Game 2 – Erskine 9, Barton 2
Erskine's Allison Neeley (Duncan, S.C.) hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning and finished with three hits and four runs batted in to lead the Flying Fleet to the victory and the sweep of the Bulldogs.

Neeley hit a two-run triple as part of a three-run second frame as Erskine scored the first six runs of the contest before RBI singles by Barton senior first baseman Jessica Onega (Belle Glade, Fla.) and freshman catcher McCrae Knapp (Hertford, N.C.) in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the shutout.

On the mound, Erskine's Hannah Houge (Boiling Springs, S.C.) improved to 11-5 on the year after pitching four scoreless innings of two-hit softball in addition to nine strikeouts.  Barton senior Teagan Crosby (Walterboro, S.C.) fell to 3-4 after being tagged with the loss.

Barton next hosts Emmanuel (Ga.) on Saturday in a league doubleheader as part of Senior Day beginning at Noon.  Erskine, meanwhile, faces Mount Olive in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in Mount Olive, N.C.