Bulldog baseball stumbles in midweek matchup with Coker

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. The Cobras of visiting Coker College scored 22 runs on just 21 hits, leading to a 22-5 victory over host Barton College on Tuesday in a non-conference contest at Nixon Field.

Barton (14-4) lost for the fourth time in its last five games after issuing 11 walks and hitting five batters at the plate. The Cobras (10-5) took advantage of the BC pitching woes to erupt for 10 runs in the second inning alone.

The Cobras scored twice more in the third, both times courtesy of a wild pitch, before Barton got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning win an RBI single from senior Calvin Hawke.

Senior Shawn Montren drove a run with an RBI single in the fourth before plating two more runs with an RBI double in the fifth. Fellow senior Blake Spangenberg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the other run of the fifth inning for Barton.

Coker scored three runs in the sixth inning and added four more in the seventh to build a 20-5 advantage with team's final two runs coming in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.

Junior left-hander Andrew Davis (2-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on just four hits with five walks over one inning on the mound. Sophomore Troy Maslowski didn't fare much better in relief, pitching two innings and allowing six runs on seven hits.

Junior Justin Evans and sophomore Ryan Pifer combined to allow seven runs on four hits and four walks in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen, while freshman Landry Moore, redshirt-junior Josh Mims and sophomore Clint Marsh pitched the final 2.2 innings of the game.

Montren finished the contest 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while Spangenberg was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI of his own. Senior Tyler Garrett and Andrew Webster each had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Barton will regroup for a few days before traveling to Mount Olive, N.C. for a three-game series with rival University of Mount Olive beginning on Friday, March 3 at Scarborough Field.