April 11, 2012

Burcham Reaches 500 Career Strikeouts In Win Over Meredith

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jessica Burcham surpassed the 500 career strikeout plateau in Guilford College's 4-0 softball victory over Meredith College Wednesday. The senior's school-record 15th career shutout salvaged a split of the nonconference twinbill after the Avenging Angels rallied for a 5-4 win in the opener.

Burcham, a senior, fanned a season-high 10 in her second shutout of the year. She scattered six hits and did not walk a batter. With a school-record 502 strikeouts, Burcham sits third among the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) career leaders.

The Quakers (14-18) scored all of their runs in the fifth inning, two off a one-out double by Morgan Andrews. Ashley Boteler added an RBI single in the frame.

Losing pitcher Amanda White (2-2) had two of Meredith's (29-11) six hits.

White's two-run single in the fourth inning of the opener started the Avenging Angels' comeback. The Quakers jumped on Meredith ace Jessica Dzeskewicz for three runs in the first and Boteler smacked her team-leading fourth homer with two out in the third for a 4-0 Guilford lead.

Boteler (4-6) took a 4-2 lead into the sixth, but issued consecutive one-out walks that came around to score. Kristen Piner's two-out, two-run single plated the tying and go-ahead runs in the inning.

Carrie Webster (5-0) relieved Dzeskewicz in the third and twirled five innings of three-hit ball with a walk and three strikeouts. The lone run she allowed was Boteler's homer.

Andrews and Sloane King both had two hits for Guilford.

The Quakers play ODAC doubleheaders this Saturday (4/14) and Sunday (4/15) at Sweet Briar College and Randolph-Macon College, respectively.