by Cory Guinn
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA. – The Barton College baseball team completed a Conference Carolinas series sweep, its first of the season, with 3-1 and 13-6 wins over Emmanuel College in a Saturday afternoon twinbill.
Barton improved to 21-12 overall on the season and 6-9 in league play, moving up to sixth place in the standings with just a month remaining on the schedule. Emmanuel fell to 11-20 with a 4-14 mark in the league as BC pounded out 16 runs on 31 total hits over the two games.
Game One: Barton 3, Emmanuel (Ga.) 1 (Seven inn.)
Junior Trent Fennell (5-0) tossed his second consecutive complete, game going all seven innings on the mound and allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts.
Barton provided the right-hander all the run support he needed in the top of the third inning as senior Tyler Garrett scored from third on a throwing error by the Emmanuel Catcher. An RBI single by sophomore Gatlin Pate added a run to Barton's total in the same inning as BC lead 2-0 early on.
In the top of the seventh, senior Andrew Webster belted his 16th home run of the season over to fence to give Barton an insurance run, while the Lions used a solo home run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to avoid a shutout.
Webster was 3-for-4 in the contest with a double, a home run and an RBI, while fellow senior Calvin Hawke was also 3-for-4 at the plate.
Game Two: Barton 13, Emmanuel 6
The Barton offense came alive in the series finale, collecting 13 runs on 20 total hits, including five doubles and two home runs.
BC got the ball rolling in the second inning as sophomore Troy Maslowski drove in two runs with an RBI single to center field. The lead opened up to 6-0 for Barton with four runs in the third inning, highlighted by RBIs from Garrett, Maslowski and senior Blake Spangenberg.
Maslowski drove in another run with an RBI double in the fifth, while Spangenberg and sophomore Ricks Dearing added RBI singles in the sixth to extend the advantage to 9-0 over the Lions.
In the seventh, Maslowski capped his afternoon with a solo home run to left center, pushing BC over the 10-run mark. An RBI-double from Dearing in the eighth and a solo home run from Pate, his second long ball of the weekend, in the ninth ended the scoring for Barton.
Barton looked to complete the shutout heading to the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Lions rallied for six runs with two outs on the scoreboard, forcing BC starter Kerry Walker from the game. Junior left-hander Andrew Davis forced Emmanuel's final batter to ground out to end the game.
Walker (6-3), who carried a one-hitter into the final inning of action, was credited with the win after going 8.2 innings on the mound, allowing six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Maslowski led the way in the second game of the day going 4-for-6 with a double, a home run and five RBI, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle.
Dearing was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in his first in more than two weeks, while Garrett, Pate and Pearre also had three hits apiece in the win.
Barton continues its four-game road trip on Tuesday, March 28 when it travels to Pembroke, N.C. for a non-conference contest against UNC Pembroke at 6 p.m.