Greensboro, N.C. (2/10/07) - Rookie Alex Starbuck's one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted host Guilford past Piedmont Saturday afternoon, 4-3, in the Quakers' home opener. The solo shot to right field marked the first of Starbuck's college career.
Piedmont jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run double to right-center by catcher Matt DeVito. DeVito's two-out hit scored Andy House and J.J. McCay who reached base with back-to-back singles.
Guilford got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Terrance Penn hit a lead-off single to center field, stole second base, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch by Piedmont starter Tom Dimitroff. The Quakers put runners at the corners with one out in the fifth, but Dimitroff worked out of the jam by retiring Starbuck on a fly ball to center field and cleanup batter Phil Drew on a hard-hit grounder to third.
Freshman Jay Laramore replaced Guilford starter Chad Boone in the top of the sixth and threw four scoreless innings for his first college victory. He yielded a lead-off single to Cole Spedale in the seventh inning, but Drew gunned him down attempting to steal. Travis Hunt followed with a one-out walk, but Drew also threw him out attempting to steal. Piedmont's JJ McCay hit the last of his four singles to lead off the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Luke Dombroksy bunted pinch-runner Corey Lindsey over to second. A Devito fly ball moved Lindsey to third, but Laramore got Stan Brosko to ground out to second base, which retired the side.
Guilford's Zach Schlesinger had a career-high three hits and a run batted in to lead the Quakers.
The teams meet again Sunday (2/11) at 2:00 p.m. on Guilford's McBane Field.