STAUNTON, Va. – Courtney Lackey’s first collegiate complete-game shutout in game two capped Guilford College’s Wednesday afternoon doubleheader sweep over Mary Baldwin College. The Quakers took game one, 13-7, and the nightcap, 5-0.
The Squirrels (0-4) held a 7-5 lead after two innings in a game one contest where both teams combined for 25 hits. The Quakers (7-5) answered after the second inning with one-run third inning that sparked a stretch of eight unanswered runs to claim the game one win. The Quakers’ Rachel Howard powered the offense in game two, batting 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double, and a home run in the third inning as Lackey held the Squirrels to just three hits.
Howard finished the afternoon 5-for-7 with four total RBI and two total doubles in addition to the game two home run. Marty Wilcox finished 3-for-8 with four RBI, including three in game one where she added a double. Caroline Barnette hit 4-for-7 over the afternoon with two RBI in game one and a double in the first contest. Taylor Boyd claimed Guilford’s game one home run, a lead-off blast in the top of the third inning.
Chrissy Cromer hit 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double in game one for the Squirrels. Morgan Tully also hit 2-for-3 with a double while driving in two runs. No Squirrels batter amassed more than two hits over the doubleheader.
Ashley Boteler (1-0) took the game one win for the Quakers, relieving starter Rebekah Langston in the second inning. The senior threw six innings, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out five batters. Lackey (1-0) took the game two win, striking out seven batters.
Olivia Compton (0-2) took the first game loss for the Squirrels giving up 12 runs on 11 hits, walking four, and fanning one in five innings. Kate Dickinson finished the final two innings, surrendering one run on two hits. Janie Brothers (0-1) took the game two loss, giving up five runs on seven hits while fanning two. Dickinson returned to throw the final two innings of game two, giving up just two hits.
The Quakers take the weekend off before traveling to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for four games in two days next Monday and Tuesday. The Quakers will open up the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic Monday with contests against Keystone College (9:30 a.m.) and Rutgers-Camden immediately after the contest against Keystone.