by Benny Benton
CARY, N.C. – The Barton College softball team rolled to a pair of easy victories Friday on day one of the Shaw University Challenge, defeating Elizabeth City State University, 21-1, and Lincoln (Pa.) University, 21-0, both in just five innings.
The Lady Bulldogs (9-13) produced 32 hits in the two games combined while holding their opponents to just four. Junior Hannah Jones tossed a three-hitter against ECSU (0-9), and junior Makayla Meeks fired a one-hit shutout against Lincoln (0-2).
Junior Jessica Onega went 5-for-8 at the plate during the two contests with three runs scored and five RBI. Freshman Hayley Grizzle scored seven runs and drove in four, and junior Samantha Santmyers had a 4-for-4 day in game two versus the Lions.
Game 1 – Barton 21, Elizabeth City State 1 (5 inn.)
The Vikings actually led 1-0 after a half-inning, as Cheyan Brassuer singled with one out, moved to third on a double and scored on a single to left by D'Asya Wilson.
However, Barton sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored nine times to begin the rout. Onega had an RBI single on her first trip to the plate in the inning, and a two-run single on her second visit.
The Lady Bulldogs sent 14 more batters to the plate in the bottom of the second and scored nine more runs on six hits and five ECSU errors.
Jones only allowed one base runner after the first inning, that on a hit-by-pitch in the fifth. She did not walk a batter and struck out six in the win.
Game 2 – Barton 21, Lincoln (Pa.) 0 (5 inn.)
Barton was the designated visitor for the game with Lincoln, and brought the eight-run rule into effect before the Lions ever got to bat, scoring 10 times in the top of the first. The Lady Bulldogs had seven hits, including a three-run double by Taylor Martin and an RBI triple by Grizzle.
BC added three more runs in the second inning, two on a single by Nohealani Burden, and a single run in the third on a Brittany Jacobs double and Lincoln error. Barton produced four runs in the fourth on just one hit, an RBI single by Santmyers, and tacked on three more runs in the fifth, one on an RBI triple by Ashton Pegram and another on an RBI double by Santmyers.
Breanna Pigford collected Lincoln's lone hit off Meeks on a single to center in the third. Meeks did walk three batters and hit one, but she struck out a career-high eight to preserve her first shutout of the season.
Barton will return to Cary, N.C., on Saturday to continue play in the event. The Lady Bulldogs will take on West Virginia State University at 11 a.m. and square off against Bowie State University at 4 p.m.