College Softball Final – Guilford 9–11, Southern Virginia 1–1 (5 inn. in each game)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s Makayla Carver threw a one-hitter in game one as the Quakers claimed a Saturday afternoon doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia University. The Quakers claimed game one, 9-1, and took the nightcap, 11-1. Both contests ended after five innings.

Sabrina Moreno put the Quakers on the board in the bottom of the first inning of game one with a RBI-single after Southern Virginia walked consecutive batters. Guilford posted a six-run rally in the third inning sparked by a bad pick-off throw to third base. The Quakers posted all their runs with two out, boosted by a pair of back-to-back doubles from Erin Ogden and Taylor Boyd.

Carver struck out the side in a one-hour, 30-minute top of the fourth frame elongated by a rain and lightning delay where pea-sized hail fell. Carver came out of the delay to strike out Heather Terranova for the final out to end the long half-inning. Boyd added an RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning with one out and wild pitch later brought home another run to extend the lead, 9-0. Megan Harmon led Southern Virginia’s rally with a one-out double that led to a run off of an error one at-bat later, but the Quakers shut the door to claim the win in five innings.

Shelby Helms put the Quakers on the scoreboard in game two, sparking a three-run rally with a two-RBI single with one out. After a Sabrina Moreno sacrifice fly in the second inning, Southern Virginia’s Tara Hilton knocked a two-out double to the center field wall to put the Knights on the board.

The Quakers dropped the hammer on the Knights in the bottom of the fourth inning with a seven-run rally where the Quakers produced 13 plate-appearances. A pair of RBI-doubles sparked the one-out rally where Helms and Makayla Crawford each doubled as Crawford knocked a two-run double to right-center field. Ella Coscia and Kayli Blankenship each collected a RBI-single piece later in the inning while Jordan Deaton connected on a two-RBI single to left field to put the game out of reach.

Moreno finished three-for-four with two RBI over the doubleheader on a day where she was one of only three Quakers to bat in both games. Helms finished game two three-for-four for Guilford’s only three-hit effort in either game.

Carver (2-1) struck out six and walked three in her complete-game one-hit effort in game one. Rebekah Langston (2-0) claimed the game two complete-game win.

Harmon (0-3) walked five and struck one in the complete-game loss for the Knights in game one. Megan Stapley (0-3) struck out two and walked six in the complete-game loss in game two.

The Quakers take to the road tomorrow to face Mary Baldwin College for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.