Quakers Split Doubleheader with Averett

Sarah Cutright & company (John Bell photo, Touch A Life Photography)

GREENSBORO, N.C.---Guilford College and Averett University split a Saturday afternoon softball doubleheader with the Quakers winning the first game, 8-2, and Averett winning the nightcap, 6-5.

Guilford freshman Calli Pastor earned her first collegiate win thanks a complete-game effort in the opener. She struck out seven batters, surrendered only one earned run and scattered seven hits over seven innings.

Allie Nicholson and Pastor both drove in two runs in the first game and both had RBI doubles in the Quakers' two-run first inning. Pastor added her second RBI in the third, drawing a bases-loaded walk to increase the lead.

Averett got on the board in the top of the fifth inning with an unearned run, but the Quakers' Sarah Cutright responded with a solo home run to left field in the bottom half of the inning.

The Quakers capped the first game with a four-run sixth inning as Nicholson added her second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly, followed by Brittany Donathan's two-run single. Rachel Howard scored Donathan with a double that gave the Quakers a six-run lead.

Averett took advantage of some sloppy play in game two, as the Quakers committed three errors and a passed ball that contributed to four unearned runs. The Cougars (5-5) scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and scored on sacrifice squeezes in the second and third frames to open a 4-0 edge.

Guilford's Casey Snead launched a two-out, two-run homer to center field in the fourth inning to put the Quakers on the board. Averett pitcher Amy Hamlett (1-0) countered in the top of the fifth with a two-out, full-count, two-run single to right center.

The Cougars took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh when the Quakers loaded the bases with three straight singles. Averett reliever April Costa fanned Ashley Boteler for the first out of the inning, but Cutright followed with an infield hit that scored a run and Donathan brought Guilford to within 6-5 with an RBI ground out. Costa retired Snead on strikes with runners on second and third for her second save of the season.

Hamlett (1-0) picked up her first victory of the season and helped herself at the plate with her two-run single in the fifth. Taylor Dix had two hits and scored twice for Averett.

Maggie Shaffer (1-1) threw a complete game in the Quakers' first loss of the season. She surrendered just two earned runs on eight hits and struck out two.

The Quakers (5-1) travel to Raleigh Sunday (3/3) to face Meredith College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.