by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – Sophomore Troy Maslowski had two solo home runs in game one and junior Trent Fennell set the Barton single season record for strikeouts in game two as the Bulldogs took a Conference Carolinas doubleheader from visiting Southern Wesleyan University, 4-3 and 6-5, at Nixon Field.
Barton (27-17, 12-11) moved its record in league play above the .500 mark with the two wins and currently remain in fifth place in the league standings. Southern Wesleyan fell to 12-31 overall with a 4-21 mark against conference opponents.
Game One: Barton 4, Southern Wesleyan 3
The first game of the day was a back-and-forth affair as the scoreboard saw three ties and three lead changes.
After Barton opened the scoring in the first with a solo home run from Maslowski, SWU tied the score at 1-all with its first run in the third inning.
Barton answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the third, an RBI single from sophomore Ricks Dearing, but the Warriors once against tied the game with a run in the fourth.
Redshirt-senior Chris Davis brought a run across with an RBI single in the sixth to put his team back in front by a run, however Southern Wesleyan took advantage of a Barton error in the seventh to tie the score with two innings remaining.
In the bottom of the seventh, Maslowski hit a two-out pitch over the left field wall for his second home run of the day and gave Barton the go-ahead run it needed.
Right-hander Dylan Ward (7-3) got the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on just six hits with seven strikeouts, while junior left-hander Andrew Davis picked up his first save of the year, striking out two batters in a hitless ninth inning of relief.
Maslowski was 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs, two runs scored and two RBI, while C. Davis and Dearing were both 1-for-3 with an RBI each.
Game Two: Barton 6, Southern Wesleyan 5 (Seven inn.)
Dearing was the hero of the final game on Friday, giving Barton the win with a walk-off single in the seventh and final inning of play.
Fennell (7-1) struck out the third batter in the opening inning of play to record his 85th strikeout of the season, setting a new program single season record. The right-hander went on to toss his fifth complete game of the season, striking out a total of five Warriors and allowing five runs on seven hits.
Barton's scoring began with a run in the first inning as Maslowski hit a one-out double and later scored on a wild pitch. Senior Blake Spangenberg gave BC a 2-0 lead in the fourth with an RBI single down the right field line.
However, Southern Wesleyan put together a five-run rally in the fifth inning to build a 5-2 lead over the Bulldogs.
Senior Calvin Hawke cut the SWU lead to just a run with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. The long ball was Hawke's eighth of the season.
Both sides went scoreless in the sixth inning and Fennell kept Southern Wesleyan off the board in the top half of the seventh, giving Barton one last chance for a comeback in the home half.
The first two batters of the seventh went down in order for the Bulldogs, senior Andrew Webster sent a ball deep to right field that cleared the fence for his 19th home run of the season and tied the game at 5-all.
Hawke followed with a single up the middle and stole second to give Dearing a chance to drive in the winning run. Dearing did just that, hitting a ball to second base and beating out the throw, allowing Hawke to score and give Barton the win.
Dearing was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI, while Webster finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Hawke was also 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Barton and Southern Wesleyan conclude their series tomorrow with a single game scheduled for a Noon start time. The Bulldogs will honor the team's 10-member senior class in a pre-game ceremony to take place on the game field.