GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ferrum College rallied for seven runs in the first four innings Wednesday and defeated Guilford (North Carolina) College 11-5 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball game at Edgar H. McBane Field.
The Panthers, who led from wire-to-wire, defeated the Quakers for the second time this season.
Ferrum (10-4 in the ODAC, 19-11 overall), which stopped a three-game losing streak with the win, has eight regular-season league games left: doubleheaders against reigning league champion and regional runner-up Shenandoah University (home), reigning regional champion Randolph-Macon College (away) and Hampden-Sydney College (away) and one each against Roanoke College (home) and Emory & Henry College (home).
Ferrum was picked to finish sixth in the ODAC in preseason, but entered the contest in third place in the league standings in its debut campaign in the conference after competing in the USA South Athletic Conference for 30 years (1989-2018).
The Panthers outhit the Quakers (5-9 in the ODAC, 12-18 overall), 19-12, and won despite committing three errors, while Guilford committed one defensive blunder.
Ferrum manufactured two runs in the first inning and three in the second for a 5-0 lead, then the Panthers generated single runs in the third and fourth frames to build a 7-2 advantage.
Ferrum led 8-2 after scoring once in the sixth and 11-3 after tallying its last three runs in the eighth.
Guilford was held to single runs in the second, third and seventh innings and two runs in the eighth.
“We did a really good job at the plate, and Drew (Calohan) gave us a solid start on the mound,’’ Ferrum skipper Ryan Brittle said.
“A conference road win is always good to get,’’Brittle said.
A Kyle Anstice RBI double down the left-field line and an RBI infield ground out by Josh Greenway produced the Panthers’ first two runs.
Tim Ortega’s single to rightfield plated two runs and was the key hit of the Panthers’ three-run second.
Connor Dopp’s base hit to rightfield drove in a run in the third frame for Ferrum and in the fourth, Greenway brought two runners home with a single up the middle.
In the sixth, a Christian Campbell RBI single enabled Ferrum to raise the spread to six runs. The Panthers’ three-run eighth featured RBI singles by Ortega, Greenway and Brandon Roberts.
Calohan (6-2), a junior lefthander, worked seven innings for the victory. He yielded 10 hits and two earned runs, while striking out four.
Calohan faced 32 batters.
Ferrum employed three relievers: Cory Peel, Noah Collins and Will Davis and the trio faced 13 batters, allowing two hits, two unearned runs, two walks and two hit batsmen.
Ortega and Anstice each smacked a double; those stood as Ferrum’s lone extra-base hits.
Guilford registered one extra -base hit: a home run by Ryan Hill.
Ferrum infielders Nathaniel Anthony and Jake Martin each collected four hits in six visits to the plate.
Anthony scored four runs and drove in two, while Martin crossed the plate twice.
Ortega and Greenway each drove in three runs, while Anthony, Anstice, Campbell, Roberts and Dopp each drove in run
Roberts stole a base for Ferrum and Campbell was caught stealing.
Brett Shapcott was 3 of 5 with a run to pace the Quakers.
Hill drove in two runs, while Dylan Tuttle plated one with a sacrifice fly and Logan Shortt drove in a run.
Guilford starting pitcher Ty Walser (2-4) was charged with the loss. He surrendered seven hits and five earned runs, while striking out one in two innings of work.
Guilford also employed three relievers — Zach Dinkins, Mitchell Stumpo and Tuttle — for a total of seven innings. The threesome yielded 12 hits, six runs, four of which were earned and three walks, while striking out five.
The Panthers sent 49 batters to the plate.
Martin was charged with two errors, while Ortega and Guilford’s Logan King each was charged with one.
Ferrum returns to action Saturday against Shenandoah. The ODAC doubleheader begins at noon at W.B. Adams Field.