GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Patrick Boulware belted a two-run homer in the top of the
seventh and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam later in the inning to save
Immaculata (Pa.) Universityâ€™s 12-11 baseball win at Guilford College
Wednesday. Boulware, who also homered earlier in the game, helped the Mighty
Macs (1-2) split the doubleheader as Guilford (4-10) rallied to win the
Boulware, who spent the dayâ€™s first 16 innings behind the plate, helped
Immaculata overcome an 8-5 deficit after three innings. He hit a solo homer
in the fourth and doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth that gave
the Mighty Macs a 9-8 lead.
D.J. Phillips delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to
restore a 10-9 Guilford advantage. The Quakers sent senior Sammy Stuart
(2-3) to the hill in the seventh after he won the opener in relief, but the
Mighty Macs tied it on Aaron Haasâ€™s one-out RBI single. Haas stole second
and moved to third on Joe DiGiaimoâ€™s ground out before Boulware belted his
second homer of the game for a 12-10 Mighty Macsâ€™ lead.
The Quakers loaded up the bases against Boulware with one out in the bottom
of the seventh. Boulware fanned Travis Starbuck for the inningâ€™s second out,
but uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Forrest Steed to score from third.
Boulware got pinch-hitter Will Byrd to ground out to end the game.
Matthew Hardy had three hits and two steals for Immaculata, which had 12
hits and eight stolen bases in the game. Kevin Bertholf, who had three
steals, also had three hits. Joe Rawlings was 2-3 with a double and a
two-out, two-run homer in the third. Game-one loser Joe Caria (1-1) earned
the win after inducing a bases-loaded popup from Guilfordâ€™s hitting leader,
Guilfordâ€™s Starbuck had a season-high three hits, including a double.
Phillips was 2-3 in the nightcap with three RBI.
The Quakersâ€™ Will Cornelius (Summerfield, N.C./Northwest Guilford) hit a
walkoff, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth of Guilfordâ€™s 9-8 comeback
win in the opener. His two-out, two-run triple in the sixth completed
Guilfordâ€™s rally from a 7-4 fourth-inning deficit and tied the game at 8-8.
The Quakers took a 4-0 lead thanks to four third-inning runs, two off a
Steed single. The Mighty Macs responded with seven runs in the top of the
fourth, chasing Guilford starter Alex Pecevich after the senior fanned a
career-high six through the first three innings. DiGiaimo and Hardy hit
two-run singles in the frame, which featured two Guilford errors, walks and
Cornelius finished with four RBI in the game. Teammate Jay Cox was 3-5 with
a double and two runs scored. Stuart earned the win in relief with three
scoreless and hitless innings.
Hardy was 2-4 with two RBI for Immaculata in game one.
Guilford visits Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Emory & Henry College
Saturday (3/5) for a doubleheader.
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