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.
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.