BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Guilford softball team capped off its four-game road swing through the Commonwealth of Virginia with a doubleheader split against Bridgewater on Sunday, April 11th. The Quakers earned a 5-3 win in eight innings in the first game before falling 12-0 (5 inn.) in the second game of the series.
GAME 1: GUILFORD 5, BRIDGEWATER 3
A four-run eighth inning by the Quakers resulted in the fourth win of the season with a 5-3 victory. With the game knotted at one-all heading into the top of the eighth, Guilford exploded for four runs in the frame.
Casey Bunting singlehandedly delivered two of those runs for the Quakers with a two-run home run over the centerfield wall that brought home teammate Emma Patterson from third. Caitlyn Ray followed with a single to center, Grace Calus added a single to second and Katey Griswold loaded the bases for the Quakers with a single to left.
With the bases loaded, Katie McNeill helped her own cause with a two-RBI single to right field that scored both Ray and Calus for the 5-1 Quaker lead.
Bridgewater tallied two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, which both came on a single up the middle by Sarah Wimer that brought home teammates Katrina Martin and Torie Shifflett.
McNeill (3-3) picked up the win for the Quakers after scattering three runs on seven hits while striking out eight Eagle hitters. Six Guilford sluggers finished with two hits, including Patterson, Bunting, Ray, Calus, McNeill and Faith Fennell.
GAME 2: BRIDGEWATER 12, GUILFORD 0
Guilford’s offense was limited to two hits over five innings as Bridgewater evened the series with a 12-0 win in five innings.
The Eagles were led offensively by Sydney Layman, who closed out the game by hitting 2-for-3 with six RBI, two runs by virtue of a home run and a double. Sarah Wimer also had two RBI, following a 2-for-2 outing, while Torie Shifflett was 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs and an RBI.
Bridgewater established its offensive firepower early, scoring six runs on six hits in the home half of the first. Layman delivered a double to left that scored Wimer and Kaitlyn Tirona in the process.
The Eagles added six more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a grand slam home run from Layman.
Guilford softball returns to the field on Tuesday, April 13th when the Quakers host Randolph-Macon for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. For more information on Guilford softball check out www.guilfordquakers.com.