Guilford gets split with Case Western on Sunday at McBane Field

Posted by Andy Durham on February 21, 2011 at 11:42 am under College | Comments are off for this article

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College split a nonconference baseball
doubleheader with visiting Case Western Reserve Sunday. The Quakers (3-6)
scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 9-8 opening-game win, but
could not rally in the nightcap as the Spartans (3-1) prevailed, 5-1.

Case Western cruised into the opener’s seventh and final inning with an 8-3
lead behind four hits and five RBI by Chad Mullins. Brett Ossola belted a
two-run homer in the fifth, which helped A.J. Boshinski (0-1) take a
five-run cushion into Guilford’s final at bat.

As it has in the past two games, Guilford staged a big rally late. The
Quakers (3-6) loaded the bases with three straight singles before Derek
Hardison’s two-run double made it an 8-5 game. After Kent Peterson’s RBI
groundout plated another run, Jordan Slate flied to right for the inning’s
second out. Converted pitcher Zack Montalbano tied the game with a two-run,
two-out pinch-hit home run, the first of his career. Guilford’s Jay Cox and
Bryan Bialecki followed with singles before freshman Danny Ditota’s single
up the middle knocked in the winning run. Classmate Justin Jordan (1-0)
earned his first college win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Spartans jumped on Guilford rookie Borja Jones-Berasaluce for five runs
in the first two innings of game two. Matt Richards hit a two-run triple and
Jimmy Abed added a two-run homer in Case Western’s four-run second inning.

Jones-Berasaluce settled down to keep Case Western scoreless the rest of the
way, but Guilford’s offense could not solve Spartans starter Cory Smith
(1-0), who fanned five in four innings of three-hit shutout ball. Ditota’s
RBI grounder in the fifth got Guilford on the scoreboard, but left-hander
Matt Fortunato prevented another Quakers’ comeback with two innings of
scoreless relief.

Richards and Abed both finished with two hits and two RBI. Guilford’s Jay
Cox had two of the Quakers’ six hits.

While Case Western returns to Cleveland, Ohio, Guilford heads to Ferrum
College Tuesday (2/22) for a 3:00 p.m. nonconference game.

Guilford 9, Case Western Reserve 8 (Feb 20, 2011 at Greensboro, NC) (Game 1)
Case Western Reserve 102 032 0 – 8 11 2 (2-1)
Guilford………… 101 001 6 – 9 13 2 (3-5)
Pitchers: Case Western Reserve – J. Boshinski,A; Dye,Devin(7) and
Bills,Steve. Guilford –
Zach Daw; Justin Jordan(6) and Konrad Kaufman.
Win-Justin Jordan(1-0) Loss-Dye,Devin(0-1) T-1:53 A-125
HR CASE-B – Ossola,Brett.
HR GC – Jordan Slate; Zack Montalbano.
Weather: 52, sunny
Boshinski faced 4 batters in the 7th.
Game: GCB-08

Case Western Reserve 5, Guilford 1 (Feb 20, 2011 at Greensboro, NC) (Game 2)
Case Western Reserve 140 000 0 – 5 7 0 (3-1)
Guilford………… 000 010 0 – 1 6 0 (3-6)
Pitchers: Case Western Reserve – Smith,Cory; Potter,Bradley(5);
Fortunato,John(6) and Zak,Peter
; Bills,Steve. Guilford – B. Jones-Berasaluce and Will Cornelius.
Win-Smith,Cory(1-0) Loss-B. Jones-Berasaluce(0-1) T-1:40 A-125
HR CASE-B – Abed,Jimmy.
Weather: 53, partly sunny
Game: GCB-09

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics

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