QUAKERS COMPLETE SEASON-OPENING SWEEP AT SCAD

Savannah, GA (02/08/03) - Guilford scored two runs in the seventh inning and added an insurance tally in the eighth to rally for a 13-11 victory over the Savannah College of Art and Design baseball team Sunday afternoon at Grayson Stadium.

The Quakers improved to 2-0 while the Bees remained winless in four games. SCAD returns to action Saturday (Feb. 15) with a 1 p.m. contest against LaGrange College at Grayson Stadium.

Guilford, which trailed 11-10 entering the seventh inning, took advantage of one of seven errors committed by the Bees in the game to score two unearned runs in the inning.

Zach Morgan led off the seventh against SCAD reliever Chris Rud (0-1) with a walk and moved to third on a double down the left field line by A.J. McCauley, who went 4-for-6. Reliever Rich Fallat entered the game by hitting Luke Kempton with a pitch to load the bases. The Bees looked like they would get themselves out of trouble when Brad Franklin hit a grounder back to Fallat for an apparent double play, but catcher Jarrod Norrell dropped the ball and allowed Morgan to score and tie the game at 10. McCauley later came around to score on Josh Miller's sacrifice fly to give the Quakers an 11-10 lead.

Guilford added an insurance run in the eighth on a RBI single by Kempton. Mike Balash (1-0) pitched three innings of one-hit ball to pick up the victory, while Michael Idol earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Guilford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Miller single. The Bees came right back in the bottom of the inning to take score two unearned runs as the Bees took advantage of one of three Guilford errors in the game.

The Quakers took advantage of five SCAD errors to score five unearned runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-4 lead. The Bees came back to take the lead 7-6 when Scott Frederick drove in three runs in the bottom of the fourth with a bases-clearing triple over the left field fence. It would have been a grand slam, except that Frederick didn't touch home plate and was called out when Guilford appealed the play to the home plate umpire.

Guilford came back in the fifth to score four runs and take a 10-7 lead on a RBI single by Kempton and a three-run homer by Franklin over the left field fence. The Bees rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead 11-10.  Fallat drove in a run with a double, Chris Tirro added a sacrifice fly and Salomon Rincon added a two-run homer to left in the fifth.