Greensboro, NC -- Former Guilford College pitcher Joe Dooley (Chantilly, VA/Chantilly) recently signed a contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League after being acquired in a trade from the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.
A 6-2, 205-pound right-hander, Dooley went 10-3 for Gateway last season with a 2.75 earned run average (ERA), which was sixth best in the Frontier League. He also was selected as a starting pitcher in the mid-season Frontier League All-Star game. Barnstormers' manager Tom Herr said he is confident in Dooley's ability because he came with a recommendation from Grizzlies' manager Danny Cox, who was Herr's teammate with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1983-88.
Dooley is one of three former Guilford standouts to currently play professional baseball. Tony Womack '92 is penciled in as the starting second baseman for the New York Yankees and pitcher Chad Coward '00 was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization in 2000. He is in the Devil Rays' minor-league camp attempting to return from a shoulder injury.
Dooley concluded a brilliant college career in 2002 after leading the Quakers to a 30-14 record and second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The right-hander became Guilford's first All-American baseball player since 1968 when he earned Second Team American Baseball Coaches Association laurels in 2002. Dooley led NCAA Division III with 12 wins in 2002, which tied Guilford's 26-year-old school record for victories in a season. He posted a 12-3 mark with a 3.10 earned run average and four saves. A first-team all-region and all-conference pick, he struck out an ODAC record-tying 118 batters in 95 2/3 innings. His 118 strikeouts stand second on the school's single-season list while his 11 complete games set a new Guilford standard.
After pitching his first two seasons at Guilford, Dooley transferred to Division I George Mason for his junior season where he went 3-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 relief appearances. He returned to Guilford for his senior year and recorded a 19-11 record in three seasons with the Quakers. His 19 career victories stand sixth all time at Guilford, while his 10.19 strikeouts per nine innings ratio ranks first. He also places among the Quakers' career leaders in saves (2nd, 9), appearances (5th, 56), and strikeouts (4th, 223).