Guilford's senior class of Zach Morgan, Andrew Duffy, Luke Kempton, Brad Franklin, R.J. Marks, Mike Goettler and Gabe Staub has compiled a 113-89 record in five seasons, one of the best five-year marks in school history. The seniors have helped the Quakers to three ODAC Tournament appearances and played on last year's 30-14 club that tied the school record for wins in a season and finished second in the ODAC.
Morgan has been a fixture at shortstop for the Quakers over the past four seasons. He has appeared in 156 career games with 148 starting assignments. He enjoyed his best season as a freshman when he hit .310 with 23 RBI and 30 runs scored. Morgan has a .274 career batting average and ranks among the Quakers' career leaders in runs (112) and walks (79).
Zach is a business management major and the son of Ron and Marilyn Morgan of Kernersville, NC.
Duffy started his career in 1999 but missed the 2000 season. A two-year starting third-baseman, Duffy has appeared in 103 career games with 81 starting assignments. He's enjoying his best season this year with a .366 batting average, five homers and 29 RBI, all career highs. Duffy has a .318 career batting average, nine homers and ranks among the school's career leaders in stolen bases (33).
Andrew is an athletic training and health sciences double major and the son of Denis and Mary Duffy of Trumbull, CT.
Kempton has started 162 of 164 games in the Quakers' infield in four years, almost all of them at first base. He became the Quakers' career hits leader (195) in Saturday's second game with Washington and Lee and owns a .337 career batting average. An honorable mention All-South pick last year, he has improved his hitting and fielding in each of his four seasons. Kempton stands among Guilford's best in RBI (105), runs scored (156), doubles (31) and walks (89). He received Guilford's Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award in 2001.
Luke is a business management major and the son of Steve and Kathi Barnes of Greensboro, NC.
Franklin joined the Quakers in 2001 after a season at Division I Elon. He promptly hit .423 in his first season and earned second team All-ODAC honors. A team captain, he has started every game in each of the past two seasons. Franklin earned first team All-South and All-ODAC laurels in 2002 after setting school records for RBI, runs and triples. A winner of Guilford's 2003 English Athletic Leadership Award, he ranks among the Quakers' career leaders in RBI (116), hits (150), runs (114), stolen bases (34), doubles (27) and triples (16).
Brad is a business management major and the son of Joe and Sandy Franklin of Greensboro, NC.
Marks, a team captain, joined the Quakers in 2002 after time at Rockingham C.C. and N.C. A&T State. He broke into the starting lineup as the team's designated hitter last year and earned second team All-ODAC honors after hitting .358 with seven homers and 33 RBI. His .658 slugging percentage led the team and he tied a school record with six hits in a win over Roanoke. Marks has a .330 average with nine homers and 53 RBI in 64 career contests.
R.J. is an exercise and sports science major and the son of Richard and Diane Marks of Browns Summit, NC.
Goettler, another captain, came to Guilford in 2002 from the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. He has been Guilford's top starting pitcher this season and stands among the national and league leaders with an 8-1 record in 12 appearances. Goettler threw nine innings of three-hit relief with seven strikeouts in the ODAC Tournament final versus Bridgewater last season. He has a 9-3 career record with a 4.37 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 26 Guilford appearances.
Mike is a psychology major and resident of Eighty-Four, PA.
Like Duffy, Staub began his career in 1999 as a reserve. His playing time has increased steadily throughout his career and he has developed the reputation as a fine defensive player with a good arm. He hit a career-high .240 in 15 games off the bench in 2001 and appeared in a personal-best 28 contests in 2002. Staub has started a career-high nine games this season and belted his first career homer earlier in the year. He has a .191 batting average with 14 RBI in 77 career contests.
Gabe is an exercise and sport science and health sciences double major and the son of Paul and Mary Simon Staub and Angela Conrad.
The Quakers thank the seniors and their families for the time and energy dedicated to Guilford and its baseball team over the past five seasons. Best wishes for continued success!