Myers' Hit Lifts Baseball Past Washington & Lee, 8-7

Greensboro, N.C. (4/17/07) -- Sophomore Byron Myers' two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Guilford College past Washington and Lee University, 8-7, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball game at McBane Field Tuesday. The Quakers' (11-21, 4-10 ODAC) fourth win in six games gained a split of the season series with the league-leading Generals (16-8, 10-4 ODAC).

Myers' only hit of the game made a winner out of senior Chad Boone for the first time in 12 collegiate pitching appearances. While the right-hander had his career-best 12-game hitting streak snapped, he earned the win by scattering four hits over 2.1 innings.

Boone (1-2) relieved junior Joe Overby with two out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning after the Generals scored three times to pull within 7-6. Washington and Lee tied the game in the top of the ninth when senior David Miller plated an unearned run by lining a two-out single to right on a 1-2 count. The visitors threatened again in the 10th with consecutive singles by senior Jordan Wesley and sophomore Andrew Henderson. After James Madden's fielder's choice put runners at first and third with two outs, Guilford catcher Phil Drew picked Madden off first base for the inning's final out.

Rookie Alex Starbuck led off the Quakers' 10th by working the first walk allowed by Generals' freshman closer Jim Plantholt (2-2). Starbuck took second on sophomore John Goodwin's bunt that popped up between Plantholt and third baseman Clayton Edwards for a hit. After sophomore Joe John moved the runners over with his second sacrifice of the game, Washington and Lee loaded the bases by intentionally walking Drew, the Quakers' cleanup hitter. With the infield in, Boone grounded to Henderson at first, who threw home to force out Starbuck. Myers fell behind Plantholt, 1-2, before lining the winning hit through the left side of the infield.

Drew finished with three hits and a season-high four RBI for Guilford. Rookie Drew Ward had a career-high four hits with an RBI and scored twice. Senior designated hitter Brian Burton had a season-best three hits, including a double.

Sophomore Terrance McKelvey went 4-6 with a double and three runs scored for the Generals. Rookie William Lewis was 3-6 with an RBI and Wesley added two hits and two RBI.

Guilford heads to Eastern Mennonite Wednesday (4/18) for a rescheduled ODAC doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. The Generals host Hampden-Sydney Thursday (4.19) in a rescheduled ODAC twinbill.

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