Emory & Henry Softball Sweeps Guilford, 10-0 And 8-4, Sunday In ODAC Doubleheader

Rachel Smoot stands in the right-handed batter's box.
-photo courtesy of Kylie Lang

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Emory & Henry College Softball Team (21-11, 11-3 ODAC) secured its fifth 20-win season in the last six years with a doubleheader sweep of Guilford College (20-9, 6-8 ODAC on Sunday afternoon. The Wasps won game one by a 10-0 score in five innings and made it a perfect 4-0 weekend with an 8-4 victory in game two.

Sophomore Cameron Derr (Cornelius, N.C.) threw her second no-hitter in as many days in game one, carrying a perfect game into the fifth.

The Wasps also achieved a pair of win milestones on the day. Head Coach Tommy Forrester, now in his sixth year, won his 150th game at the helm while the program celebrated its 400th victory on the field.

The Basics
GAME ONE Emory & Henry 10, Guilford 0 (five innings)
GAME TWO Emory & Henry 8, Guilford 4
– Greensboro, North Carolina
VENUE – Haworth Field
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (21-11, 11-3 ODAC); Guilford (20-9, 6-8 ODAC)

Game One – Emory & Henry 10, Guilford 0 (five innings)
Emory & Henry got on the board in the top of the first when senior centerfielder Erin Anderson (Aylett, Va.) hit a RBI single to centerfield. The Wasps pushed the margin to 3-0 in the second on senior right fielder Rachel Smoot's (Riner, Va.) first career home run.

Up 4-0 in the top of the fourth, E&H unloaded for six runs for the 10-0 victory. Freshman left fielder Anna Thomas (Climax, N.C.) drove in a pair with a double to centerfield while junior shortstop Leanna Toler (Abingdon, Va.) drilled a three-run shot over the left-centerfield fence to highlight the frame.

Derr came up one batter short of a perfect game, as she earned her second-straight no-hitter. She struck out six and walked one, facing the minimum number of batters in the win as the Wasp defense turned a double play on the next at bat. Guilford's Katie McNeill allowed nine runs on 10 hits in three innings of work in the loss.

Game Two – Emory & Henry 8, Guilford 4
E&H pushed a pair of runs across in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead, but Guilford scored twice in the bottom of the frame to tie the game.  Sophomore first baseman Kendall Varner (Bassett, Va.) put the Wasps ahead for good, 4-2, with a two-run homer in the second.

The two squads continued to trade runs until the top of the fifth when Emory & Henry put up three to extend its lead to 8-4. Anderson, Thomas and junior third baseman Courtney Herron (Roanoke, Va.) each drove in a run in the inning.

Junior right-hander Tiffany Cole (Wise, Va.) picked up the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits in four innings of work. Guilford's Makayla Carver was settled with the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out five.

Up Next
Emory & Henry will be back in action on Saturday when it visits Bridgewater College in an ODAC doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.