Baseball Can't Hold On to Pair of Late Leads as #1 Mount Olive Rallies for Saturday Sweep
March 19, 2011
Story Courtesy of Mount Olive Sports Information
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Joseph Westbrook’s game-tying two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh forced extra innings and Dan Hayduk hit a walk-off rbi-single in the bottom of the eighth to lift nationally top-ranked Mount Olive to its second straight come-from-behind win as the Trojans completed a doubleheader sweep for a 4-3 victory over Pfeiffer in game two of a Conference Carolinas baseball doubleheader Saturday at Scarborough Field. The Trojans trailed 3-0 going into the final inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest.
The Trojans took the opener 7-6 after rallying from a four-run deficit as Daniel Coffey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth put Mount Olive ahead to stay. Westbrook also provided heroics in game one, tying the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
In the opening game, Mount Olive (22-3 overall, 9-1 Conference Carolinas) trailed 5-1 when Jacob Rogers’ one-out double triggered the Trojans’ sixth-inning comeback. Rogers scored on Coffey’s single up the middle and Nick Gaeta followed with a pinch-hit single. Westbrook then went opposite field down the right field line as his line drive cleared the fence just inside the foul pole to tie the game 5-5. The home run was Westbrook’s first of the season.
Pfeiffer (13-17, 6-5) regained the lead in the top of the eighth as Jon Gray led off the inning with a single and eventually scored from third on Aarin Sharpe’s two-out bloop single to right center. Sharpe drove in two runs for the Falcons.
Hayduk drew a one-out walk in the bottom half of the inning and Coffey drilled the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to put Mount Olive ahead to stay. Coffey’s home run was his third of the year.
Curtis Hudson (4-0) retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, ending the game with a strikeout. Hudson pitched the final three innings after taking over for starter Carter Capps, who retired the first eight batters he faced to run his streak of hitless innings to 12. Capps, who gave up a two-out single in the third, pitched a no-hitter last Saturday against Coker.
Mount Olive took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Antonio Callaway led off with a double and beat the throw to the plate on a grounder to second against a drawn-in infield.
RBI-singles by Preston Lyon and Mike Green sparked a three-run fourth inning for Pfeiffer as the Falcons took a 3-1 lead. Pfeiffer added two runs in the fifth on doubles by Tyler Smith and Kevin Price, and a triple by Gray.
Pfeiffer starter Eric Shuford (2-4) held Mount Olive to a run on three hits until Mount Olive rallied in the sixth.
The Trojans’ bats were also quiet for most of game two as Pfeiffer starter Bryan Tuttle held Mount Olive scoreless on one hit through six innings. The Falcons broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the top of the fourth when Price’s single with the bases loaded drove in two runs and Jacob Yates added an rbi-single.
Michael Knox, who broke up Tuttle’s no-hit bid with a single in the fourth, led off the bottom of the seventh with his 11th double of the season. Knox went to third on a groundout and scored when Hayduk reached on an error. One out later, Coffey kept the inning and the game alive with a single.
Westbrook followed with a double down the right field line to bring home Hayduk and pinch-runner Will Bynum, who scored from first to tie the game 3-3.
Trojan reliever David Combs (4-0) retired the side in order in the top of the eighth to set the stage for the Trojans’ comeback. Combs allowed only two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings after taking over in the fourth for starter Pete Levitt.
Jason Simone led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and advanced to third after an intentional walk to Knox and a force out at second. Hayduk then lined an 0-1 pitch just over the Pfeiffer shortstop to give Mount Olive its 18th win in its last 19 games.
Mount Olive had five of its six hits in the final two innings.
The two teams conclude their three-game series with a single game Sunday at Scarborough Field. First pitch is 1 p.m.