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Junior righthander Chris Walker delivers a strike to the plate during his complete-game, five-hit victory. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Friday, April 5, 2013
FERRUM -- Junior righthander Chris Walker tossed a complete-game, five-hitter Wednesday as Ferrum College routed Guilford (N.C.) College, 12-1, in a non-conference baseball game at W.B. Adams Field.
Walker (3-6, 2.34 earned-run average) struck out six in throwing his fifth complete-game of the season.
Ferrum's pitching staff has seven complete games to its credit this season.
Walker lost his bid for a shutout when the Quakers (13-16) of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) scored their lone run in the top of the eighth.
Ferrum's offense provided Walker with a 7-0 cushion after tallying five runs in the last of the first and two in the bottom of the second.
Ferrum manufactured a run in the fifth to push the spread to 8-0 and completed the rout with a four-run eighth.
With the victory, the Panthers (6-18 in the USA South Athletic Conference, 12-20 overall) ends a three-game losing streak.
Ten of the Panthers' 12 wins are at Adams Field.
Ferrum is 6-2 this season against non-conference opposition with four games left in its 2013 campaign.
Also, the victory is career win No. 100 for Panthers skipper Darren Hodges. His career mark six seasons as head coach is 100-105.
Guilford starter Will Henschel lasted 2/3 of an inning after surrendering five runs onfive hits.
For Ferrum, Teddy Turner was 3 of 5 with a double and four RBI. He scored twice.
Trey Laney was 3 of 4 with two RBI and Taryn Hayden (double) collected two hits in five plate appearances. He drove in a run and scored once.
Justin Cox and Hank Parsley each recorded a pair of base hits.
Also, Matt Reynolds, Eddie McGrath, Wes Walker, Jeffery Swoope and Quame Green each had one hit.
Ferrum registered 17 hits and benefited from two Guilford errors.
Guilford employed eight pitchers.
Nathan Fulbright was 2 of 4 with a run for the Quakers, while three other players each had one hit.
Ferrum returns to action today at home against Southern Virginia University.
The non-conference game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at Adams Field.
The Knights defeated the Panthers, 5-0, in a game played at Adams Field on March 20.