Christopher Newport Downs Guilford, 7-2, in Baseball Season Opener

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (2/3/07) -- Christopher Newport's baseball team began its 2007 campaign on the right foot as they defeated Guilford 7-2 Saturday afternoon at Captains Park.

The Captains scored four runs in the third and three more in the seventh. CNU allowed two unearned runs, one each in the first and ninth innings.

In the top of the first, Ben Bizier reached on an error and came around to score on Phil Drew's RBI single to right field.

In the third, Trae Bailey reached on an error, scoring Joey Martin for the first Captain run. Ryan McDougal's infield single scored Zach Hutchison. Mike Giarrizzi followed with a RBI single that plated Bailey and Eric Cole followed Giarrizzi with an infield single of his own that scored McDougal to give the Captains a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, McDougal reached base after he was hit by a pitch. Giarrizzi followed with a single to center to put runners on first and second with no one out. Cole advanced both runners up a base and Mark Genovese followed with a double to centerfield that scored both McDougal and Giarrizzi. Two batters later, Parker Neal singled to right, scoring Genovese.

Drew reached on an error in the top of the ninth and came around to score on Zach Schlesinger's single to right for the final Quaker run.

Drew lead Guilford going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Joe John, Schlesinger, and Alex Spector each had one hit in the loss.

Giarrizzi and Genovese each went 2-for-3 for CNU. Hutchison finished 2-for-5. Neal, Cole, McDougal and Martin each finished with one hit in the win.

Kenny Moreland started and picked up his first win of the year. Moreland went five innings, allowed one unearned run on four hits, walked none and struck out seven. Kyle Baumann tossed two innings giving up no runs, no hits, one walk and struck out three. Giarrizzi tossed a perfect eighth, striking out one and Kevin Moreland tossed the ninth inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit.

Chad Boone started for the Quakers tossing four innings. He allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits, walked two and struck out one. Joe Overby tossed 2 and 2/3's innings giving up three runs on four hits. Jay Laramore tossed a perfect ninth.

Guilford falls to 0-1 on the year while the Captains improve to 1-0.

-Story courtesy of Christopher Newport Sports Information.

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