College Baseball Finals: Guilford 1-10, Eastern Mennonite 2-5

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Guilford College posted nine un-answered runs in game two, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to earn a Saturday afternoon Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader split with Eastern Mennonite University. The Royals claimed game one, 2-1, but the Quakers came back to take the nightcap, 10-5.

Guilford (11-20, 7-12 ODAC) claimed their only run of the first contest in the top of the first inning thanks to a Josh Shepherd RBI-single with one out. Guilford placed runners at the corners with two-out in the top of the sixth, but were retired. That led to Eastern Mennonite’s (13-14, 7-9 ODAC) two-run rally in the bottom half of the inning that proved to be the game-winning runs.

After falling, 4-1, after two innings of game two, the Quakers roared back with a six-run fifth inning that drove game-two starting pitcher Aaron Hooven out of the contest. The Quakers added three runs two innings later, all coming with two outs and all runs un-earned thanks to a fielding error with two outs that drove in inning’s first run.

Herc Ingels led Quakers bats with five total hits on the afternoon, batting 5-for-9 on the afternoon with a double. A.J. Girting totaled three hits with a double and drove in three runs, all coming in game two. Kyle Humphrey drove in two runs in game two while Austin Wilson also collected two RBI while adding a double.

Eastern Mennonite’s Griffin Stanley finished the day 4-for-9 with a double and one RBI while Justin Rodriguez led the Royals with three total RBI.

Lou Trosch (1-3) took the game one loss for the Quakers in spite of giving up only two runs on six hits and striking out one batter. Chase Shuford threw the final two innings, facing the minimum amount of batters in both innings. Avery Rogers (1-1) collected the game two victory in a seven and two-thirds innings effort where he struck out seven batters while giving up five runs (one un-earned) on ten hits. Drew Martin collected the final out of the eighth inning and Justin Morrison (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) faced four batters and collected no damage in the ninth inning.

Kyle Armstrong (4-1) took the game one win for Eastern Mennonite, throwing eight innings and giving up just one run on five hits. Austin Marzullo collected his third save of the season in a ninth inning effort where he struck out three batters and gave up two hits. Hooven (1-3) collected the game two loss for the Royals, giving up four runs on seven hits while walking four and fanning three in four and two-thirds innings.

The Quakers wrap-up their ODAC regular season Tuesday, traveling to Roanoke College for a 7 p.m. contest.