Hairston Goes Deep, Guilford College Baseball Swept By RV Randolph-Macon

Hairston Goes Deep, Guilford College Baseball Swept By RV Randolph-Macon
Graduate Student adds RBI-triple in second game but offense sputters as a whole
from Bryce Johnson, Director of Athletic Communications

ASHLAND, Va. – The bats of the Guilford College baseball team were just as cool as the air outside, as they were silenced by Randolph-Macon College on Sunday afternoon, falling 7-3 and 14-1 at Estes Park.

With the defeats, Guilford sees their three-game winning streak halted as they fall to 9-14, 2-5 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. The Yellow Jackets improve to 12-5, 6-1 against conference foes.

Marcello Ricigliano (Kernersville, N.C.) got the game one nod for Guilford and ended up on the hook for four runs, albeit none of them were earned, on seven hits and no walks while fanning five across 4.0 innings, taking the tough-luck loss to fall to 2-2. Colin Casey went the first 5.0 innings of the contest for the hosts, allowing one run, it was earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out one to improve to 1-1. Patrick Routsis went the final 4.0 innings allowing two runs on two hits but K-ed eight to get his first save the long way.

The top of the GC order did damage with Skyler Dark (Pleasant Garden, N.C.), Michael Sumner (Mooresville, N.C.), and Isaiah Hairston (High Point, N.C.) each driving in a run, with the latter clubbing a home run. Aaron Williams (Mocksville, N.C.) was the only Quaker with multiple hits, including a double in the first contest. Jon Quici collected three hits, including a two-bagger, scoring twice. Logan Duff went deep driving in two while Zach Wernoski drove in two across his pair of knocks including a triple.

Jacob Ray (Burlington, N.C.) took the game two defeat to fall to 0-3 after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while also hitting two batters across 2.2 innings. Drew Ramos picked up the win for R-MC throwing 5.0 innings allowing just one run on three hits and two walks to improve to 4-0.

The Quakers only mustered a trio of hits in the second game, one each from Dark, Sumner, and Hairston. Sumner scored while Hairston had a triple to drive him in to go with a walk. Seven of the nine Yellow Jacket starters had a hit and nine different players had RBI’s. Myles Webb had a great game, going 4-of-4 with a double, scoring thrice and driving in one.

GAME 1
R-MC wasted no time getting on the board in the first. Jon Quici led off with a double and darted home from second when Aaron Lautenschlager reached on a throwing error. They tacked on some more unearned runs in the third when Carter Schmidt singled and Lautenschlager doubled putting two in scoring position. Schmidt scored when Myles Webb reached on a throwing error. He advanced on a wild pitch before Zach Wernoski singled in both runners making the score 4-0.

Guilford answered in the top of the fourth with Isaiah Hairston (High Point, N.C.) bashing his sixth home run of the season over the fence in right, cutting into the deficit.

Randolph-Macon put things out of reach in the fifth, as Logan Duff connected on his first longball of the season, a two-run shot to left, before adding another on a Lautenschlager two-bagger in the sixth.

In the top of the eighth, Grayson Tudor (Reidsville, N.C.) worked a one-out pinch hit walk and came all the way home on a triple off the bat of Skyler Dark (Pleasant Garden, N.C.). Michael Sumner (Mooresville, N.C.) brought him in on an RBI groundout, but the Quakers would get no closer, falling 7-3.

GAME 2
The visiting Quakers jumped on the board in the top of the first against Drew Ramos. Michael Sumner (Mooresville, N.C.) singled with one away then Isaiah Hairston (High Point, N.C.) connected on a three-bagger out to center. Then with a clean bottom half from Jacob Ray (Burlington, N.C.) it was 1-0 GC after one.

It was unfortunately all Yellow Jackets from there. Eli Brooks had an RBI single and Jon Quici hit a sacrifice fly giving the hosts the lead in the second then they got another on a Grayson Bush single in the third before they pilled it on in the fourth.

So reliable in recent games, the Quaker bullpen had trouble, as a trio of relievers combined to allow eight runs on four hits, three walks, a hit batsman, a man who reached on an error, and a sacrifice fly.

On the other side, the Quakers mustered just three baserunners after the first, and as R-MC added a single insurance run in the fifth and two more in the seventh, the final score came to 14-1.

Guilford heads up to Roanoke for a single contest on Tuesday night, first pitch is at 4:00 PM.

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