Starke Knocks Clutch Double in Split of Emory & Henry

Jordan Starke '19
Jordan Starke '19
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -  Jordan Starke's two-out double in the fifth inning gave Guilford College a 5-4 win to salvage a split of Tuesday afternoon's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader with Emory & Henry College. The Wasps claimed game one, 5-2, but the Quakers came back from a 4-0 deficit to take the nightcap.

Emory & Henry opened the day's scoring with a third-inning run and opened a 4-0 lead with a three-run fourth. Alex Thomas helped the Wasps (24-10, 10-6 ODAC) with a two-run single to left in the fourth.

Game one starting pitcher Courtney Lackey provided Guilford's (25-11, 10-6 ODAC) response in the fourth inning with an RBI single. After Caley Hodge's homer to center opened a 5-1 lead in the sixth, Lackey responded with her second RBI in the bottom half of the inning on her second single of the game. Lackey plated Anna Wolfe, who hit a long double one at-bat earlier.

The Wasps stormed the first inning of game two with a four-run rally, which included two bases-loaded walks. Thomas' RBI-single started the rally with one out.

Guilford responded in the third inning, with a four-run frame of its own. Starke led off the inning with a double to right-center field and Natalie Conrad drove her home with a RBI-triple to the same spot. Wolfe capped the rally with a single to left field after two fielding errors elongated the inning and allowed two runs to score.

Two innings later, Starke smacked a two-out double to the center-field fence for her third hit of the game to break a 4-4 tie. Guilford starter Makayla Carver allowed only one hit over the final two innings to preserve the lead.

Shelby Helms led the Quakers at the plate with a five-for-seven afternoon, including a three-for-three effort in game one. Starke hit three-for-three in game two with two doubles and one RBI while Lackey finished two-for-three in game one, representing two of three Quakers with multiple hits in game one. 

Reigning ODAC Hitter of the Week Danielle Loving led Emory & Henry with a three-for-three effort in game one, while Leah Elswick went a two-for-three in game two.

Lackey (10-6) took the loss for the Quakers in game one with a six-inning effort in which she struck out two. Carver (8-3) threw a complete game in game two with five strikeouts and six walks.

Emily Kendrick (13-6) won the opener for the Wasps with a complete-game effort in which she fanned two. She lost game two in a two-inning relief effort that included two strike outs and one walk.

The Quakers close the road portion of their schedule Saturday at league-foe Randolph College at 3 p.m.