College Softball Finals – Guilford 11-3, Salem 2-4

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Freshman Amber Bass’ three-run walk-off homer in the seventh inning lifted Salem College to a 4-3 softball win that split Wednesday’s nonconference doubleheader with visiting Guilford College. The Quakers won the opener, 11-2, in five innings.

Guilford (10-4) took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning of game two on Rachel Howard’s (Efland, N.C/Cedar Ridge) two-run single. After a leadoff single by Emily Devane, Guilford senior Shelby Bowser (Winston-Salem, N.C./Ledford) (2-1) got two outs in the Salem seventh before an error kept the inning alive. Ellie Vizcaino followed the error with a two-out single, which set the table for Bass’ game-winning hit.

Shelby Drummonds (2-4) earned the win after yielding three runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings. She fanned three and walked two in her second victory for the Spirits (4-10).

Howard had two of the Quakers’ four hits in the game. Teammate Brittany Donathan (Archdale, N.C./Trinity) scored twice.

Guilford senior Kimberly Keys was three-for-three with a double and two RBI in the opener. She had run-scoring hits in Guilford’s three-run first and three-run second innings that opened a 6-0 lead. Classmate Morgan Andrews (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) added two hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth. Sophomore Ashley Boteler fanned six in five innings for her team-leading fourth win of the season.

Salem pitcher Abby Settles (Reidsville, N.C.) (2-6) plated two unearned runs in the third with a two-run double.

Guilford opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Saturday (3/17) at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Guilford – 11
Salem – 2
Mar 14, 2012 at Winston-Salem, NC – Game 1

   Guilford............ 330 14 - 11 10  1      (10-3)
   Salem............... 002 00 -  2  4  6      (3-10)

Pitchers: Guilford – Ashley Boteler and Morgan Andrews. Salem – Settles, A and Griffin, B.
Win-Ashley Boteler(4-1)
Loss-Settles, A(2-6)
HR GC – Morgan Andrews.
Weather: 78, sunny
Game notes:
Nonconference game
Game: GCS-13

Salem – 4
Guilford – 3
Mar 14, 2012 at Winston-Salem, NC – Game 2

   Guilford............ 100 020 0 -  3  4  2      (10-4)
   Salem............... 000 000 4 -  4  9  3      (4-10)

Pitchers: Guilford – Shelby Bowser and Morgan Andrews. Salem – Drummonds, S and Griffin, B; Kennedy, K.
Win-Drummonds, S(2-4)
Loss-Shelby Bowser(2-1)
HR SAL – Bass, A.
Weather: 78, sunny
Game: GCS-14