GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Guilford Collegeâ€™s Alex Starbuck (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) had three hits and scored four times in the Quakersâ€™ 11-6 home win over visiting Greensboro College Thursday. Teammate Drew Ward (Wilkesboro,N.C./West Wilkes) added two hits and three runs batted in (RBI) in the Quakersâ€™ home opener.
Starbuck had a first-inning RBI double and scored on a Ward single as Guilford (3-1) struck for three runs in the first off of Greensboro starter Jacob Cadle (0-1) (Denton, N.C./Westchester Country Day). Kyle Woodenâ€™s(Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley) run-scoring triple in the third made it a 4-0 game before the Pride (2-2) got on the board in the fifth inning when Matt Irwin(Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) scored on a wild pitch after leading off with a triple.
The Quakers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, including two from a Ward single.
The Pride tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings off of Guilford starter Will Simpson (1-0) (Cary, N.C./Green Hope (RockinghamC.C.), which made it a 7-3 contest. The Quakers took advantage of five walks and two wild pitches in a four-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach.
Greensboroâ€™s reserves rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth off of Guilford closer Michael Blocher (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville (WilkesC.C.)). Logan Beasleyâ€™s (Liberty, N.C./Eastern Randolph) two-run single highlighted the Greensboro ninth.
In addition to Starbuck and Ward, Wooden and Jordan Nelson (Hudson,N.C./West Caldwell) both had two hits for Guilford. Simpson picked up his first college win in his first college start. He allowed three runs and struck out four in six innings.
Irwin and Murray Smith (Williston, S.C./Williston-Elko) both had two hits and scored a run for Greensboro, which stranded 13 runners.
Guilford hosts Neumann (Pa.) College Saturday (2/20) in a noon doubleheader and Case Western Reserve Sunday (2/21) in a noon doubleheader. All four
games are on the Quakersâ€™ McBane Field.
Guilford 11, Greensboro 6 (Feb 18, 2010 at Greensboro, NC)
Greensboro………. 000 011 103 – 6 13 1 (2-2)
Guilford………… 301 030 40X – 11 13 0 (3-1)
Pitchers: Greensboro – Jacob Cadle; Cory Saulsbury(1); Brandon Matthews(5);
Trevor Marbry(7) and Jeff Guerrie; Vince Grasso. Guilford – Will Simpson;
Michael Blocher(9) and Will Cornelius.
Win-Will Simpson(1-0) Loss-Jacob Cadle(0-1) T-2:34 A-150
HR GBRO – Josh Montague (1).
Weather: sunny, cold, windy
C Saulsbury faced 3 batters in the 5th.
Simpson faced 2 batters in the 7th.
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