College Baseball Finals—Guilford 13–15, Virginia Wesleyan 10–4

Posted by Press Release on March 2, 2014 at 7:08 am under College | Comments are off for this article

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—Corey Wallace hit two game slam home runs in game two to cap Guilford College’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader sweep over Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday afternoon. The Quakers took game one, 13-10, while winning the nightcap, 15-4.

Charles Noble countered a 4-0 start by Virginia Wesleyan with a two-RBI double to right center field in the top of the fourth inning. The Quaker rally continued into the top of the fifth when John Macon Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford) hit a single to cut at the Marlin lead, 4-3. Grayson Tuttle gave the Quakers the advantage two at-bats later when he doubled down the left field line, bringing in two runs. Noble then added his third RBI of the game with a RBI-single. Michael Whited (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to increase the lead, 7-4. Tuttle would cap the Quakers’ eight-run rally in the middle innings with a single up the middle in the top of the sixth.

After a four-run bottom of the sixth inning for the Marlins to tie the game, 8-8, Corey Wallace hit his first home run of the day to reclaim the Quaker lead, 10-8.

After the Marlins struck back with two more runs of their own, the Quakers rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth, led by Smith’s two-RBI single up the middle. Wallace added another single up the middle for his third RBI of the game to extend the lead, 13-10.

Justin Morrison (2-1) (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian Academy) took the game one win for the Quakers throwing the final one and a third innings, striking out two while giving up no runs and no hits. Borja Jones-Berasaluce through five and a third innings, striking out five. Chad Wagoner threw two and a third innings of middle relief.

The Quakers continued their momentum into game two, when Smith singled up the middle to claim an early lead on his fourth RBI of the day.

After Virginia Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, the Quakers produced a three-run rally as Whited and Danny Ditota both brought in a run a piece off errors in the middle infield. Gabe Mirabelli added a RBI-single giving the Quakers the lead, 4-2, after top of the third inning.

The Quakers countered Austin Gammon’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning with a five-run rally in the top of the sixth inning, led by Wallace’s first grand slam of game two. Tyler Petersen added a RBI-double to left center field to increase the lead, 8-3. Ditota would add one more run to the Quaker lead in the top of the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch.

The Quakers countered Brett Sutryk’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning with another five-run rally in the top of the ninth inning. Herc Ingels started the rally with a RBI-single to increase the lead, 11-4. Wallace capped his 11-RBI afternoon with his second grand slam of the game, his third home run of the doubleheader.

Drew Crawford (1-1) threw eight innings in the win for the Quakers. Crawford scattered four runs on seven hits and struck out four batters. Justin Jordan threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out the final batter.

The Quakers (8-6, 2-0 ODAC) return home Wednesday to face Methodist University at 2:30 p.m.


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