Boyd, Helms Lead Charge in Crushing Sweep of Randolph

Boyd, Helms Lead Charge in Crushing Sweep of Randolph

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Guilford College's Taylor Boyd and Shelby Helms both had three RBI in Saturday afternoon's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball doubleheader sweep of Randolph College Guilford took game one, 7-4 in eight innings, and cruised in the nightcap, 7-1.

Helms provided Guilford's (27-11, 12-6 ODAC) response to a two-run Randolph (22-16, 7-11 ODAC) rally to start game one with an RBI-double to left after a pair of singles earlier in the third inning.

After the WildCats scored in the home half of the inning, the Quakers scored three times in the top of the fourth. Sabrina Moreno drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out. After a pitching switch, Makayla Crawford and Caroline Barnette both drew bases-loaded walks to score runs.

Randolph's Lauren Morris tied the game in the seventh inning with a two-out single that scored Kate Hodgkiss. Guilford answered with three in the eighth on a Barnette RBI and a two-run double by Taylor Boyd. Makayla Carver retired the WildCats in order in the eighth to earn her ninth win and 10th complete game.

Boyd had a run-scoring groundout and Katy Holt added an RBI hit as Guilford jumped to a 2-0 lead in the nightcap's first inning. Randolph scored a single run in the second before the Quakers dropped the hammer. Pitcher Courtney Lackey (11-6) capped a three-run Guilford rally in the top of the fifth inning with a run-scoring single to right field. Helms provided an exclamation point to game two with a two-run double in the sixth. Randolph loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh before Lackey induced two foul ball pop ups to clinch her 11th win and 11th complete game. She yielded just five Randolph hits.

Carver led Guilford's offense with four hits in the two games. Boyd had three hits, including a double, in addition to her three RBI. Helms only needed two hits to collect her three RBI while Lackey was one of four Quakers in game two with two hits, hitting two-for-four with a pair of RBI.

The Quakers close the regular season at home next Saturday versus league-rival Sweet Briar College at 1 p.m. The ODAC doubleheader serves as Guilford's Senior Day and Score for the Cure contests.