Barton stops No. 3 Tusculum
Bulldogs snap Pioneers' 10-game home winning streak
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Barton's Dylan Newton pitched three shutout innings in relief, while capitalizing on three Tusculum errors as the Bulldogs defeated the third-ranked Pioneers 7-4 Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Park.
Barton (14-27) salvaged a win in the final contest of the three-game, mid-week series, while halting Tusculum’s 10-game home winning streak.
The Bulldogs got two-hit performances from Chris Rawlings, Phillip Williams and Tyler Barrington in the victory.
Tusculum (36-7) was limited to six hits on the afternoon, but three went for home runs, including a two-run blast by Cody Coffman in a three-run first inning as the Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Aaron Guinn got things started when he lined a home run over the left field wall for his third-round tripper of the season.
Tusculum starting pitcher Zeke McGranahan looked to be in control as he pitched three shutout innings to open the game, while allowing only a pair of singles. Barton plated a run in the fourth inning when Ryan Daughtry reached on an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Phillip Williams’ two-out single to make it a 3-1 contest.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the sixth inning with a three-run frame. Rawlings and Collins Cuthrell led off with back-to-back walks. After a fly out, Williams doubled to the right field gap, scoring Rawlings and moving Cuthrell to third. Zac Crumpler struck out on a ball in the dirt, but the baseball ricocheted off the catcher and back to McGranahan on the mound. McGranahan’s only play was to first base to complete the strikeout, but Cuthrell scored from third tie the game at 3-3. Barton plated the go-ahead run on a TC throwing error on Clay Martin’s ground ball that allowed Williams to score to make it a 4-3 game.
BC tallied another run in the seventh when Spiers Miller scored on a one-out Tusculum error to lead 5-3.
TC’s Cade Stallings cut the deficit in half when Stallings hit a two-out solo homer down the left field line off of BC reliever Jimmie Davis to make it a 5-4 game.
The Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the ninth, while Davis retired the final seven batters of the game to record his first save of the year.
“Every mistake we made today came back to haunt us and you cannot give teams extra outs and we did that today,” said Tusculum head coach Doug Jones. “Offensively, our approach was not very good the last twp days, but we will get back to work tomorrow trying to correct that.”
Newton went three innings, allowed a hit and two walks to earn the win and improve his record to 3-3. Davis tossed the final three frames where his home run ball to Stallings was the only blemish on his pitching line.
McGranahan (1-2) went 6 2/3 innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, three earned, two walks and nine strikeouts.
Coffman’s homer was his only hit of the game, extending his personal hitting streak to 18 consecutive games.
Tusculum continues its nine-game home-stand this weekend as the Pioneers host Lenoir-Rhyne for a three-game South Atlantic Conference series. This is the final league series of the season as the Pioneers have a one-game lead in the SAC standings.