WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Freshman Amber Bass' three-run walk-off homer in the seventh inning lifted Salem College to a 4-3 softball win that split Wednesday's nonconference doubleheader with visiting Guilford College. The Quakers won the opener, 11-2, in five innings.
Guilford (10-4) took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning of game two on Rachel Howard's two-run single. After a leadoff single by Emily Devane, Guilford senior Shelby Bowser (2-1) got two outs in the Salem seventh before an error kept the inning alive. Ellie Vizcaino followed the error with a two-out single, which set the table for Bass' game-winning hit.
Shelby Drummonds (2-4) earned the win after yielding three runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings. She fanned three and walked two in her second victory for the Spirits (4-10).
Howard had two of the Quakers' four hits in the game. Teammate Brittany Donathan scored twice.
Guilford senior Kimberly Keys was three-for-three with a double and two RBI in the opener. She had run-scoring hits in Guilford's three-run first and three-run second innings that opened a 6-0 lead. Classmate Morgan Andrews added two hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth. Sophomore Ashley Boteler fanned six in five innings for her team-leading fourth win of the season.
Salem pitcher Abby Settles (2-6) plated two unearned runs in the third with a two-run double.
Guilford opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Saturday (3/17) at Virginia Wesleyan College.