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Softball Starts Year with Upset of #14 Kutztown; Split Pair of Games at UNCP Invitational

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PEMBROKE, N.C. – Pfeiffer University began its 2010 softball with a split in a pair of games at the UNC-Pembroke Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Falcons started the year with a 4-3 upset win over #14 Kutztown University before falling 9-4 in the nightcap to West Virginia State. Pfeiffer used a walk-off double by Shelby Brown in the bottom of the seventh in a game one win while stranding 11 runners on in the game two loss.


After surrendering the tying run in the top of the seventh, junior Sarah Waylock led off the home-half of the inning with a base hit to right. Heather Nobles later reached first on a fielder’s choice before scoring on Shelby Brown’s walk-off double into right-center field.

Kutztown’s Michelle McGinty squared the contest up at three earlier in the seventh on a two-out sacrifice fly after trailing 3-2 for most of the contest. Pfeiffer took a 3-0 lead in the second on an infield-single by Mariah Chalk that scored Heather Nobles.

Another infield single by Amber Johnson brought home Chalk while Bryttny Kreshka came around on the same play by a throwing error courtesy of Kutztown. Nicole Henninger put the Golden Bears on the board intially in the fourth with a two-run homer to center.

Johnson led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Waylock and Chalk each had a pair of hits in the win. Brown earned the win in relief in addition to the walk-off two-base hit.


West Virginia State took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third before the Lady Falcons knotted the contest up with a three-spot in the bottom of the frame. Brittany Hyatt snagged an RBI-double in the first before later scoring on a wild pitch. Hyatt would again come around in the third on another Lady Falcon wild pitch.

Allison Braswell put the Lady Falcons on the board in the third with a two-run single to left scoring Nobles and Waylock. Waylock reached on a single while Nobles drew a base on balls. Braswell later scored on a West Virginia State wild pitch. In the fourth, Waylock’s run-scoring single to center plated Melanie Conklin with the game’s tying run.

In a one-run game, Hyatt came up with a pair of insurance runs in the form of a two-run blast in the sixth. West Virginia State tacked on two more in their half of the seventh. Hyatt with 3-for-3 with the HR, three RBI and four runs scored. For Pfeiffer, Waylock went 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

The Lady Falcons will get back to action on Wednesday afternoon in their home opener against Catawba. Game one of two will begin at 2:00 p.m.

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