Keys Powers Guilford To Sweep at N.C. Wesleyan

Keys Powers Guilford To Sweep at N.C. Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.Kimberly Keys totaled nine runs batted in over two Guilford College softball victories at North Carolina Wesleyan College Wednesday. Keys had three hits and a career-high six RBI in the Quakers' 11-2 opening game win. She added three runs batted in and two hits in the nightcap, an 8-0 Guilford victory. The Quakers (6-4) won both games in five innings.

Keys had a sacrifice fly in the day's first inning, which helped Guilford to a 3-0 lead. North Carolina Wesleyan (0-6) answered with two run in the first. Keys had two-run doubles in Guilford's three-run fourth and fifth innings, which put the game out of reach. Quakers' junior Jessica Burcham (4-0) settled down after a rocky first inning and finished with eight strikeouts.

Guilford's Samantha Golley was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Teammate Cynthia Hayes went 2-4 with two doubles and three runs scored.

Keys' two-out, two-run single in the second opened a 4-0 Guilford lead in the nightcap. That was all the offense rookie pitcher Ashley Boteler (2-0) needed as she retired the first nine batters she faced before working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. She allowed only two hits and struck out six in her second shutout of the year.

Guilford's Courtney Kozar sparked a four-run fifth inning with a two-run single. Golley was 3-for-3 in the second game as well and also had two RBI.

Guilford is back in action Mar. 7 against Penn State-Hazleton in the start of its six-game spring break trip to ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Fla.

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