GREENSBORO, N.C. – Austin Bailey went 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs batted in in Guilford College’s 12-1 baseball victory over visiting Piedmont International University Wednesday at Edgar McBane Field. Bailey, who matched his personal best for hits in a game, was a home run shy of the cycle to pace Guilford’s highest-scoring output of the season.
Guilford’s Giovanni Garcia also had three hits and starting pitcher Isaiah Hairston (High Point, N.C./Southwest Guilford) added two for the Quakers (7-7).
Guilford took advantage of early wildness from Bruins’ starter Bradley Driggers (0-2) and scored twice in the opening inning. A Bailey sacrifice fly in the third inning gave Guilford a 3-0 lead and the margin grew to 5-0 an inning later on sacrifice flies by Dylan Tuttle (Stoneville, N.C./McMichael) and Logan King (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford). Bailey’s two-run double in the sixth keyed a four-run Quakers’ sixth inning that opened an 11-0 lead.
Hairston handed the ball over to senior Tanner Hobbs (1-0) (Browns Summit, N.C./Northeast Guilford (Guilford Technical C.C.)) in the third inning and the senior twirled four frames of one-hit ball with four strikeouts. He retired his first 11 batters before Joshua Wright’s two-out single in the sixth. Rookie Max Castro threw the final three innings for his first college save.
Drew Martin had two of Piedmont International’s six hits, including a double, and scored the Bruins’ lone run.
Coach Nick Black’s Quakers visit Averett University Thursday (3/12) at 3:00 p.m.
Courtesy of Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics