Guiulford College Softball Finals – Guilford 4-7, Eastern Mennonite 3-8

Greensboro, N.C. – Guilford College and Eastern Mennonite University split an Old Dominion Athletic Conference double-header for the fourth straight season Saturday afternoon at the Quakers’ Haworth Field.

Samantha Golley’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored the winning run in Guilford’s 4-3 opening-game win. The Quakers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Kelly Guarnieri’s sacrifice fly and Kelly Hale’s two-run home run. The homer, Hale’s sixth of the season, tied her own school record for homers in a season and matched Guilford’s career record of 12, set by Ashley Cooke ’05. The Royals rallied and tied the game in the sixth on Anna Coleman’s second RBI-single of the game. DeNina Eldridge pitched a complete game for the Quakers and earned her team-leading fifth win of the season.

In the nightcap, Mandee Madden’s RBI double in the eighth completed Eastern Mennonite’s wild 8-7 win. The Royals built a 6-1 lead, thanks in part to Madden’s two-run triple in the fourth, but Guilford rallied with six runs in the home sixth to take a 7-6 lead. The first six Guilford batters reached base in the inning and Golley tied the game with a two-out, RBI groundout. The Royals tied the game in the top of the seventh on Jessica Sullivan’s RBI single.

The Quakers visit Averett University Sunday in a nonleague twinbill. Eastern Mennonite plays at league-rival Lynchburg College.

Guilford 4, Eastern Mennonite 3 (Mar 29, 2008 at Greensboro, N.C.) (Game 1)
Eastern Mennonite… 011 001 0 – 3 9 0 (18-6, 8-1-0 ODAC)
Guilford………… 300 000 1 – 4 9 0 (12-12-1, 3-6-0 ODAC)
Pitchers: Eastern Mennonite – Jamie Fraysher; Natasha Viafora(7). Guilford – DeNina Eldridge.
Win-DeNina Eldridge(5-7) Loss-Natasha Viafora(6-2) T-1:45 A-45
HR GC – Kelly Hale (6).
Game notes: Samantha Golley’s 2-out single gave GC the Old Dominion Athletic Conference win. Kelly Hale tied the school records for HR in a season (6) and career (12) with a 2-run shot in the 1st. The win ends EMU’s 7-game winning streak Anna Coleman had 2 2-run singles, including 1 that tied the game in the 6th. Game: GCS-25

Game 2 – Eastern Mennonite 8, Guilford 7 (Mar 29, 2008 at Greensboro, N.C.)
Eastern Mennonite… 003 300 11 – 8 9 1 (19-6, 9-1 ODAC)
Guilford………… 010 006 00 – 7 10 1 (12-13-1, 3-7 ODAC)
Pitchers: Eastern Mennonite – Natasha Viafora; Jamie Fraysher(6). Guilford – Samantha Golley; Taryn Pulvermuller(5).
Win-Jamie Fraysher(6-2) Loss-Taryn Pulvermuller(2-3) T-2:00 A-50
Game notes: Mandee Madden’s 1-out RBI double gave EMU a split of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference twinbill. Samantha Golley’s RBI groundout gave GC a 7-6 lead and capped the 6-run 6th inning. Jessica Sullivan’s RBI single tied the game in the top of the 7th. Madden also had a 2-run triple in the 4th. Viafora, N. faced 5 batters in the 6th. Game: GCS-26