College Softball Finals: Guilford 2-8, Emory & Henry 3-0

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Marty Wilcox hit two home runs over Guilford College’s Wednesday afternoon Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader with Emory & Henry College as the Quakers split with the Wasps. Emory & Henry claimed game one, 3-2, in eight innings while the Quakers stormed back in game two to earn the nightcap victory, 8-0, in five innings.

Emory & Henry’s Brandy Bryant threw a one-hitter through the first five innings while enjoying a 2-0 lead until the Quakers rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to Wilcox’s first home run of the afternoon, a two-run blast. Both teams stranded a runner in scoring position in the seventh inning, leading both sides to extra innings, where the Wasps’ Caley Hodge drove in the game-winning run on the first at-bat of the eighth inning.

The Quakers would allow no more Emory & Henry runs on the afternoon as Courtney Lackey surrendered just three hits throughout game two. The Quakers exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fourth frame, all coming with two outs in the inning. Wilcox drove in her third run of game two in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in Calli Pastor on a sacrifice fly to end the contest.

Wilcox totaled five RBI throughout the doubleheader, adding a double to her two home runs on her 3-for-7 afternoon. Taylor Boyd finished the afternoon 4-for-7 with two doubles and a triple, including a 3-for-3 effort in game two. Shelby Helms powered a pinch-hit two-RBI single of the left field wall to bolster the Quakers’ five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Emory & Henry’s Hodge finished 3-for-7 for the afternoon with a double and the game winning RBI in game one. Riley Pudney hit 3-for-7 with a game two double.

Maggie Shaffer (3-3) took the complete-game loss in game one for the Quakers, giving up three runs (two un-earned) on eight hits while striking out and walking two batters. Lackey (4-1) struck out three and walked one in a five-inning complete-game effort.

Bryant (6-0) claimed the game one complete-game win giving up two runs on four hits while striking out and walking three batters. Roxanne Hillman (5-1) took the game two loss after surrendering six runs on 10 hits and fanning one in three and two-thirds innings. Katie Grimm threw the next two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs (one un-earned) on five hits while Taylor Banner recorded one out before giving up the final run.

The Quakers return to action Saturday, hosting Sweet Briar College in a 1 p.m. ODAC doubleheader on the Quakers’ Score for the Cure Cancer Awareness Day.