Guilford College Softball Finals – Guilford 4-11, Emory & Henry 3-6

Emory, Va. – Guilford College used the long ball Wednesday afternoon to capture a sweep of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader at Emory & Henry College Wednesday. Guilford held on for a 4-3 opening-game triumph and captured an 11-6 decision in the nightcap.

Kelly Hale (Toler, Ky./Belfry) homered twice and the Quakers blasted five homers over 14 innings. Guilford’s three homers in the second game tied the school record. Hale hit a two-run shot in the Quakers’ fourth inning that opened a 3-0 lead. The first homer of Charissa Duncan’s ((Radford, Va./Auburn) career, a three-run shot, broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Quakers a 7-4 edge. Rookie Diane Buccos (Vass, N.C./Union Pines) also left the yard for the first time in her career with a three-run blast in the seventh that highlighted the Quakers’ four-run seventh inning. Duncan finished with three of the Quakers’ six hits and three RBIs. Guilford took advantage of five Wasps’ errors. Robin Phelps hit a pair of two-run homers for Emory & Henry.

Phelps’ one-out single in the seventh of game one drew the hosts to within 4-3. Emory & Henry went on to lead the bases against Guilford’s Samantha Golley (Street, Md./North Hartford) (5-3), but the rookie fanned Laken Price for the second out of the inning before retiring Laura Hudson on a line drive to shortstop. Guilford scored all of its runs in the fourth inning thanks in part to a two-run homer by Kelly Guarnieri (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan), followed by a solo shot by Hale. Amber Stapler (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie (Anne Arundel C.C)) and Morgan Freyer ((Beliar, Md./C. Milton Wight) had two hits for the Quakers, while Phelps was four-for-four with two RBIs.

Guilford hosts Eastern Mennonite University Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in another ODAC twinbill.

Game 1
Guilford 4, Emory & Henry 3 (Mar 26, 2008 at Emory, Va.) (Game 1)
Guilford………… 004 000 0 – 4 8 2 (10-12-1, 1-6 ODAC)
Emory & Henry……. 100 000 2 – 3 11 0 (4-9, 0-3 ODAC)
Pitchers: Guilford – Samantha Golley. Emory & Henry – Harris.
Win-Samantha Golley(5-3) Loss-Harris(2-4) T-1:30 A-79
HR GC – Kelly Guarnieri (2); Kelly Hale (4).
Game notes: Kelly Guarnieri hit a 2-run HR in the 4th and Kelly Hale followed with a solo shot in the GC 4th inning. Samantha Golley survived a late E&H rally for her team-leading 5th win. Robin Phelps’ 1-out single in the 7th drew E&H to within 4-3. The Wasps left the bases loaded in the 7th.
Game: GCS-23

Game 2
Guilford 11, Emory & Henry 6 (Mar 26, 2008 at Emory, VA) (Game 2)
Guilford………… 100 213 4 – 11 6 0 (11-12-1, 2-6 ODAC)
Emory & Henry……. 002 020 2 – 6 11 5 (4-10, 0-4 ODAC)
Pitchers: Guilford – Taryn Pulvermuller. Emory & Henry – Cartwright; Evans(7).
Win-Taryn Pulvermuller(2-2) Loss-Cartwright(1-1) T-1:45 A-79
HR GC – Charissa Duncan (1); Kelly Hale (5); Diane Buccos (1).
HR E&HS – Phelps 2; Woods.
Game notes: GC tied the school record with 3 HRs to sweep this Old Dominion Athletic Conference twinbill. Kelly Hale hit a 2-run shot in the 4th, Charissa Duncan hit a 3-run shot in the 6th and Diane Buccos hit a 3-run HR in the 7th. Duncan and Buccos’ blasts were the 1st of their careers.
Game: GCS-24