Denton Walks Off as Quakers Collect Key ODAC Win Against Emory & Henry

Denton Walks Off as Quakers Collect Key ODAC Win Against Emory & Henry

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College's Trevor Denton connected on a walk-off double to left-center field as the Quakers claimed a Wednesday afternoon Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest over Emory & Henry College, 4-3.

Guilford starting pitcher Eric Yost faced three above the minimum while Emory & Henry starter Garrett Butler faced one above the minimum in the first three innings of the contest, which lasted 33 minutes. After Yost sat down consecutive batters in the top of the fourth inning, the Quakers (21-16, 8-10 ODAC) posted two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the frame as Andrew Brann connected on a RBI-single to left-center field. The Quakers plated a second run as Michael Pinkston grounded into a fielder's choice as Denton came across home plate. The put-out throw after the tag at second base sailed above first base, prompting an attempted advance. Off the ball's ricochet off the bricks behind first base, the Wasps (17-21, 7-11 ODAC) recovered to throw Pinkston out at second base after the run had been scored.

Josh Macek led the Wasps' rally in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a one-out single into right field and advancing to second base on a wild throw home for the Quakers' second error of the inning. Daulton Horne capped the rally one at-bat later with a double down the left-field line, tying the game. The Quakers rallied to record the last two outs, including a hot liner to Denton at third base to end the inning.

Denton broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Quakers record two quick outs. Denton connected on a solo home run to left field on the first pitch for his third home run of the season.

Logan Jones relieved Yost in the seventh inning and allowed only one hit and a walk in the first two innings to keep the Quakers ahead. Jones faced adversity in the top of the ninth inning after fanning Ross French in the first at-bat. With runners at the corners and one out, Hunter Jefferies laid down a bunt down the first-base line, forcing the Quakers to throw to first base for the out while the tying run at third base came home. Jones forced a ground ball to end the inning one at-bat later to stop the rally.

After a Mitchell Stumpo double to right-center field to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Denton connected on a double to left-center field, scoring Stumpo and earning the Quakers the walk-off win.

Denton collected three RBI on his three-for-four day, reaching base on a botched pop fly in center field to reach base on every at-bat. His two RBI elevates Denton's total to 48 RBI on the season, leading the team by 24. Wilcox hit one-for-three, collecting his team-leading 59th hit on the season.

Horne led the Wasps with a two-for-three effort with one RBI and a double, the lone Wasps bat to tally multiple hits.

Jones (5-1) collected the win for the Quakers, finishing with two strikeouts and two walks in his three-inning effort.

Butler (1-7) took the complete-game loss, striking out two batters in just over eight innings of work.

The Quakers conclude the regular-season Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney College in a key ODAC doubleheader.

After the Game With Trevor Denton

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