Baseball Team Takes Two From Eastern Mennonite

GREENSBORO, N.C. (3/27/10) -- Alex Starbuck's walk-off sacrifice fly gave Guilford College's baseball team a 5-4 win over Eastern Mennonite University Saturday and a sweep of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader at McBane Field.

The Quakers (12-13, 5-6 ODAC) snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 5-2 opening-game triumph behind Will Simpson's complete-game six-hitter.

The sweep looked like a foregone conclusion as Guilford's starter Adam Hart cruised into the eighth inning with a 4-1 lead. The Royals (6-10, 3-8 ODAC) rallied with Chris Harpine's two-run, two-out triple on a 3-2 count that made it a 4-3 game. Dylan Smith followed with a single through the left side that tied the game at 4-4.

Reid MacLean (1-0) fanned Aaron Martin to end the inning and retired the side in the top half of the ninth inning. Jay Cox led off the ninth with a walk, which ended reliever Bryan Loy's (0-1) day. After failing to bunt Cox over, Jordan Nelson singled to left center and Casey Mann was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Starbuck, who hit a solo homer earlier in the game, ended the game with a deep fly ball to left center.

Starbuck was 2-4 with two RBI in the nightcap. Derek Hardison and Drew Ward also added two hits and one RBI for the Quakers. Hart matched his season high with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Ben Wise had a team-high three hits for Eastern Mennonite. Teammate Cody Davis went 2-4 and Harpine finished with three RBI.

Simpson won a pitcher's duel with Eastern Mennonite's Mike Moles (1-3) in the opener. The game was tied at 1-1 entering the sixth inning when Wise's sacrifice fly gave the Royals a 2-1 lead.

Guilford answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Hardison delivered a game-tying single and D.J. Phillips plated the go-ahead run with a single.

Cox was 3-3 with an RBI for Guilford. Mann and Starbuck both added two hits in support of Simpson (3-2). The junior right-hander allowed one earned run, fanned two and did not walk a batter. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.

Smith had two of Eastern Mennonite's six hits and scored a run.

The Quakers host Averett University Sunday (3/28) at 2:00 p.m.