Guilford Bats Come Alive in Softball Sweep of Mary Baldwin

Morgan Andrews

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brittany Donathan went three-for-three and earned her first college pitching victory Sunday in Guilford College's 7-4 win over visiting Mary Baldwin College. The victory extended the Quakers' winning streak to four after Guilford downed the Squirrels (3-5), 10-2, in a five-inning opener.

Donathan, a sophomore making her second college start, carried a one-hitter into the sixth inning before Mary Baldwin scored three times. She helped herself at the plate with a career-high three hits, including a two-out, two-run single in the Quakers two-run fourth inning. Donathan also had an RBI single in the third.

Ashley Boteler went two-for-three with a run-scoring double in the third. Guilford scored in the first four innings to build a 7-1 lead.

Sabrina Desper hit an RBI triple in Mary Baldwin' sixth inning and later scored on pitcher Amanda Miller's single. Miller (0-3) allowed seven runs, four of which were earned, on 10 hits.

Guilford pounded 15 hits, including two homers, in a 10-2 win that was halted after the fifth inning. Morgan Andrews went three-for-four with four RBI and opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first, her first of the year. She also had a two-run single in Guilford's three-run fourth inning and ended the game with a bases-loaded single to shallow right field.

Freshman Rachel Howard blasted her first college home run, a two-run shot to left that opened a 5-0 Guilford lead in the third. The homer scored Kimberly Keys, who was aboard after the second of her three singles in the game.

Senior pitcher Shelby Bowser benefitted from the offensive outburst and improved to 2-0 with six strikeouts in five innings.

Desper had one of the Squirrels' four hits, an RBI double in the fourth. Starter Jessica Hogle fanned six in five innings, but also yielded 13 hits and 10 runs, eight of which were earned.

Guilford visits Salem College Wednesday (3/14) in a nonconference doubleheader.