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Softball looking for final push for ODAC Tournament

After starting out the season with a powerful offense and dominating pitching, the team has cooled off in the ODAC. The team sits at a 21-10 record but is 7-9 in conference play. The Quakers have lost three of its past four games. Guilford has eight games remaining on the schedule but only four games in conference play.

The Quakers’ offense has been led by senior catcher Makayla Crawford who is hitting .434. She leads the team with nine home runs and 50 runs batted in. Her batting average is second in the conference. Junior outfielder Natalie Conrad has a .427 average and has an ODAC-leading five triples. She also holds the Guilford career record for triples with nine. Senior first basemen Katy Holt (.405) and senior outfielder Makayla Carver (.410) round out the Quakers hitting above .400. Holt has 3 home runs and 25 runs batted in. Sophomore shortstop Sarah Aukamp is third on the team with 24 RBIs.

The Quakers’ pitching has been led by sophomore Katie McNeill. She has a 13-5 record and 3.57 ERA in 109.2 innings. Sophomore Abigayle Rowell has a 4.81 ERA in 64 innings pitched as the Quakers’ second starter. The Quakers have a 4.37 ERA this season but have a 6.61 ERA in ODAC play.

With sitting in sixth place with only four conference games remaining, Guilford has control of its fate before the ODAC Tournament. Guilford plays eighth place Shenandoah University on Saturday in an important matchup for position in the ODAC standings.  The team’s final ODAC matchup is a doubleheader against 8-8 Bridgewater College on April 14.

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