2009 Guilford College Softball News

May 7, 2009
Guilford's Hale Lands Academic All-District Honor
Guilford College's Kelly Hale earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III softball honors Thursday from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA members nominated and selected the academic all-district teams.

May 1, 2009
Guilford Pair Lands All-ODAC Honors
Sophomore Ami Hutcherson earned First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball recognition according to a vote of the league's head coaches Friday. Freshman teammate Kimberly Keys received Second Team All-ODAC honors and Guilford senior Kelly Hale was named honorable mention. Voting was based on the students' play in conference competition only.

April 25, 2009
Quakers Fall to Va. Wesleyan, 6-5
Virginia Wesleyan College scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and hung on for a 6-5 win over Guilford College in an elimination game Saturday in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. The fifth-seeded Marlins (27-16) advance to play Eastern Mennonite Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in another elimination contest. The third-seeded Quakers (26-13) end their year with school records for victories and league wins (13) in a season.

April 23, 2009
Quakers Go 1-1 On First Day of ODAC Tournament
Guilford College scored its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament victory in school history with a 4-1 win over Randolph College, but Bridgewater took a 5-1 win in Friday's second game to send the Quakers (26-12) into the lower bracket of the eight-team tourney.

April 23, 2009
Guilford Sweeps Sweet Briar to End Regular Season
Guilford College wrapped up a record-setting regular season and tuned up for this weekend's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament with a sweep of visiting league-rival Sweet Briar College Thursday. The Quakers (25-11, 13-5 ODAC) won the opener, 13-3, and scored a season-high 22 runs in the 22-4 game-two victory. Both contests ended in five innings.

April 20, 2009
Burcham Wins Weekly Honor
Freshman Jessica Burcham of the softball team won her second Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award Tuesday. The weekly prize is presented by Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

April 19, 2009
Burcham Wins Twice in Sweep of Randolph-Macon
Kelly Hale's one-out double in the bottom of the seventh scored Julie Langseth and lifted Guilford College to an 8-7 softball win over Randolph-Macon College Sunday. The win completed a sweep of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader after Jessica Burcham (10-5) fanned 12 in a Guilford's (23-11, 11-5 ODAC) 3-0 opening-game win. She also won the nightcap in relief to tie the school record for wins in a season.

April 11, 2009
Guilford Sets School Wins Mark In Split With Va. Wesleyan
Brenae Pettit’s two-run, two-out single in the seventh lifted visiting Virginia Wesleyan College to a 3-2 win at Guilford College Saturday in the second game of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference softball doubleheader. The Quakers (21-11, 9-5 ODAC) won the opener, 2-1, on Taryn Pulvermuller’s complete-game two hitter. The win marked Guilford’s school-record 21st win of the season.

April 8, 2009
Records Fall in Guilford's ODAC Sweep at Randolph College
Guilford College matched its school record for wins in a season by sweeping an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball doubleheader at Randolph College Wednesday. Quakers' senior Kelly Hale was three-for-four with a homer and two RBI in the Quakers' (20-10, 8-4 ODAC) 11-3 opening-game win in six innings. Guilford rookie Morgan Andrews went three-for-four with three RBI, all career highs, in Guilford's 8-1 win in the nightcap.

April 7, 2009
Jessica Burcham Named Guilford Student-Athlete of the Week
Freshman Jessica Burcham of the softball team won her first Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award Tuesday. The weekly prize is presented by Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

April 5, 2009
Hale's Hit Gives Guilford Split With #23 Lynchburg
Kelly Hale's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Guilford College a 5-4 comeback win over Lynchburg College Sunday. The victory gained a split of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader after the Hornets won the opener, 8-3, behind Lauren Duguay's three hits and two RBI.

April 4, 2009
Guilford Sweeps Emory & Henry
Guilford College swept an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader from visiting Emory & Henry College Saturday afternoon, 1-0 and 11-4. The victories extended Guilford's winning streak to six games.

April 1, 2009
Quakers Blank Mary Baldwin Twice
Guilford College combined for 24 runs in 10 innings to sweep visiting Mary Baldwin College in a rain-plagued softball doubleheader Wednesday. The Quakers took advantage of nine Squirrels' walks and 12 wild pitches for an 8-0 win in the five-inning opener. Julie Langseth and Kimberly Keys both hit two-run homers as Guilford scored a season-high 16 runs in the 16-0, five-inning win in the nightcap.

March 29, 2009
Records Fall in Sweep of N.C. Wesleyan
Freshman Jessica Burcham saved both games of Guilford College's softball doubleheader sweep at North Carolina Wesleyan College Sunday and set the Quakers' school record for saves in a season (3). The rookie fanned seven in three innings of Guilford's 10-5 opening-game victory and had five strikeouts in the Quakers' 8-1 triumph in the nightcap. Senior Kelly Guarnieri tied Guilford's career hits record (144) with a second-inning single in game two.

March 22, 2009
Bridgewater Takes Two From Guilford
Host Bridgewater College stayed perfect in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Sunday with two wins over league-rival Guilford College. The Eagles (17-1, 6-0 ODAC) took the opener, 11-0 in five innings, and the nightcap, 6-1.

March 21, 2009
Guilford Sweeps Eastern Mennonite
Freshmen Jessica Burcham and Shelby Bowser pitched complete games in both ends of Guilford College's sweep of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) twinbill at Eastern Mennonite University Saturday. The Quakers (11-7, 3-1 ODAC) have won nine of their last 10 games.

March 13, 2009
Guilford Extends Winning Streak to Six
Guilford College's softball team extended its winning streak to a school-record six games with a sweep of Thomas College Friday at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The Quakers (8-6) won the opener, 13-1, and the nightcap, 8-0, in five innings.

March 11, 2009
Quakers Sweep Cedar Crest
Guilford College opened its spring-break trip to Florida with a pair of wins Thursday afternoon over Cedar Crest College at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Taryn Pulvermuller threw a one-hit shutout in the Quakers’ 1-0 win and Samantha Golley tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Guilford’s 7-2 victory in the nightcap.

March 2, 2009
2009 English Award Winners Announced
Five elite Guilford College student-athletes will receive the 2009 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award Tuesday (3/3) evening. This year's English Award recipients are Jennifer Abelin, Markas Brunson, Kelly Guarnieri, Kelly Hale and Clay Henson. Since Guilford first presented the honor in 1977, 175 students have received the English Award.

February 23, 2009
Guilford Claims Three ODAC Player of the Week Awards
Three Guilford College students received player of the week plaudits from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Monday. Junior Rhett Bonner of the men's basketball team collected his second weekly award of the month and Guilford's fifth prize in six weeks. Sophomore Kyle Wooden of the baseball team and rookie Julie Langseth of the softball squad collected their first awards in the league's first week of spring-sport honors.

February 22, 2009
Burcham Ties Strikeout Mark in Quakers' Split
Guilford College's Jessica Burcham struck out a school-record 13 batters and Julie Langseth hit a two-run homer in the sixth to help the Quakers score a 4-3 win at Peace College and gain a split of Sunday's nonleague double-header. The Pacers (1-1) used a four-run fourth inning to take a 5-3 opening-game win.

February 21, 2009
Guilford Drops Two at 19th-Ranked Methodist
Methodist University took advantage of eight Guilford College errors in two games to sweep a nonconference double-header Saturday, 9-6 and 6-0. The Monarchs (2-2) are ranked 19th in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Division III Poll.

February 10, 2009
Guilford Tabbed Sixth in Preseason ODAC Poll
Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball coaches picked Guilford College sixth in their preseason poll, which the league office released Tuesday. The Quakers received 53 points, including one first-place vote. Five-time ODAC champion Lynchburg College sits atop the preseason poll, earning 97 total votes, including seven of the 10 first-place votes. Last season's runner up, Virginia Wesleyan College, sits in second after receiving 81 total votes.

December 12, 2008
2009 Softball Outlook
Fresh off its best season in its eight-year history, Guilford College's softball team is poised to contend for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title. Third-year head coach Dennis Shores, the 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year, welcomes back nine letter winners from last year's 20-21-1 unit that set many school records, including wins in a season. The Quakers also earned a spot in the six-team ODAC Tournament and had two all-region performers, Kelly Guarnieri and Kelly Hale, both of whom return for their senior campaigns.