Baseball Wraps Up Erskine Series with Saturday Split; Fall 5-4 in Opener, Rebound for 6-4 Win in Game Two
March 27, 2010
DUE WEST, S.C. - #20 Erskine College defeated Pfeiffer University 5-4 in game one of a Conference Carolinas double header, but the Falcons rebounded to win game two 6-4 Saturday afternoon. The Falcons improve to 18-20 overall, 10-8 in conference play while the Flying Fleet head to 27-9, 12-5.
Game One – Erskine 5, Pfeiffer 4
In the bottom of the first, the Fleet would get RBI singles from John Bolding and Drew Willingham and then Matt Youngblood would reach on an error to give Erskine a 3-0 lead. Bryan Fogle would then put the Fleet up 5-0 with a solo home run in the third and a RBI double in the fifth.
In the top of the eighth, Will Davis would hit a run scoring single and Josh Strickland would reach on a fielder’s choice to score another run and make it a 5-2 game. Eric Shoemaker would later line a two run double into the gap to cut the Fleet lead to one. Atlee Pearson would then retire the next three hitters to get out of the jam and help the Fleet hold on for the victory.
Fogle led Erskine at the plate going 3-4 with a double, home run, and two runs driven in while Chas Anthony was 2-4 with a run scored. Derek Anderson (4-0) picked up the win allowing two runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of relief work and Pearson picked up his 10th save of the year allowing two runs (one earned) in two innings of work.
Game Two – Pfeiffer 6, Erskine 4
Greg Huff led the second game off with a double and then later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Fogle. The Falcons would take the lead in the second on a two run home run by Jesse Dunn. Erskine would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning on a run scoring single by Brandon Garrett and then they would take the lead the very next inning on a solo home run by Fogle.
The Falcons would take a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth on a two run single by Hunter Boehme. Pfeiffer would add two more runs in the sixth with a two run home run by Preston Lyon to make it a 6-3 game. Zach McCarthy would hit a solo home run in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Falcons held on for the victory.
Dunn led the Falcons on offense going 2-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs while Lyon and Boehme also had two runs driven in each. Austin Campbell (3-1) picked up the win allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings of work and Andrew Oliver picked up his fourth save recording the final three outs of the game with the tying run on base.
Fogle once again led the Fleet going 2-2 with a home run and two runs batted in, while McCarthy was 3-3 with a home run and RBI. Russell Reid (6-4) took the loss allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out six in seven innings of work.