Barton College’s softball season got off to a great start Saturday afternoon, but the rest of the season-opening weekend at Jeffries Field went downhill with three straight losses.
The Bulldogs rode a one-hit shutout by pitcher Miranda Holmes to beat Fairmont State 3-0 in the first game Saturday before the Fighting Falcons fought back for a 9-1 victory to get the doubleheader split.
Seton Hill routed Barton 9-0 in the first game of Sunday’s twinbill before holding off the Bulldogs 5-4 in the getaway game.
In Saturday’s season opener, Holmes was spot-on with a one-hit shutout. She walked one and struck out 11. Holmes allowed a single to the second Fairmont State batter, Hannah Workman, then retired 10 straight before issuing a two-out walk to Peyton Wethe in the top of the fourth. Wethe was thrown out trying to steal second.
Condrey’s two-out double in the bottom of the first score Cyzick with the winning run.
Barton added two more in the fifth when Taylor walked and Cyzick singled before Gracelynn Massey doubled both home. Emily Curphey had led off the at-bat for Barton but was thrown out trying to steal third before Taylor walked.
In the truncated five-inning game 2, Fairmont State tagged Bulldogs starter Ali Bunch for nine runs, six were earned, on eight hits and two walks.
Barton couldn’t solve Fairmont starter Delaney Haller until the bottom of the fifth when Shelby Sheppard led off with a double and took third on Elana Griffin’s infield single before scoring on Taylor’s one-out grounder.
Holmes wasn’t nearly as sharp Sunday in the first game against Seton Hill. She gave up six runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks in three innings to get the loss.
Griffins starter Lauren Delett had a no-hitter going until Mary Lindsey Harris singled with one out in the fifth. Delett walked Massey earlier for the only other base runner.
Barton outhit the Griffins 9-8 in the second game Sunday. Massey had a pair of RBI singles, driving in Cyzick both times, while Taylor also singled in Cyzick. Kasey Jones slugged a solo home run in the third.
Jeffries Field will be the site of a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 10, against West Virginia Tech and Sunday, Feb. 11, against Augusta.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
BC teams impress at Richard Drake Invite
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In their final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships in two weeks, Barton track and field athletes impressed Sunday at the Richard Drake Invitational, hosted by Virginia Wesleyan at Virginia Beach Sports Complex.
Freshman sprinter Jaiden Lee won the men’s 60-meter dash in 6.9 seconds and took second in the 200 dash in 22.41. Barton’s Jacquez Durham and Justin Copper placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men’s 200. Copper also placed fifth in the 400 and freshman Jacob Oliver came in second in the men’s 5,000 run in 16:15.46.
Lee Thomas also placed in the top five in the 5,000 run while Braxton Fontaine’s 6 foot, 2 inch high jump landed him in the top five.
Sophomore Keiarra Tutt was second in the women’s 200 and 400 dashes wiith times of 25.59 and 58.84. Sophomore Aniya Heckstall was fourth in the women’s 200. Freshman Erica McClary was fifth in the women’s 60 dash.
The Conference Carolinas Championships will be contested Sunday and Monday, Feb. 18-19, at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
Bulldogs bow to Bears in opener
HICKORY – Barton College got a No. 18 national ranking in the USA Lacrosse NCAA Division II preseason poll and ran smack into top-ranked and defending national champion Lenoir-Rhyne in Saturday’s season opener for both teams.
The Bears scored four straight goals to take control in the first quarter on their way to an 18-10 victory. The Bulldogs, picked to win Conference Carolinas, were led by J.J. Mitchell with four goals on eight shots while Logan Wheeler supplied three goals and an assist. Nick Calleri added a goal and two assists while Matt Calleri and Jacob Schwarz also scored a goal each.
Barton was outshot 53-32 as Bulldogs keeper Drew Wheeler came up with 11 stops.
Ryan Duncan’s three goals led the South Atlantic Conference Bears (1-0).
Barton will host Rollins in its home opener Saturday, Feb. 10, at Electric Supply Company Field at Truist Stadium.