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Baseball Splits Doubleheader; Matches Best Start in Six Years

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
– The Pfeiffer baseball team split a doubleheader against Nova Southeastern, winning the first game 14-8 and dropping the second contest, 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.  The Falcons are now 4-1 on the season, matching their best start in six years. Pfeiffer also started 4-1 in 2008.

In game one, Pfeiffer found themselves down 2-0 going into the top of the second. The Falcons would pound out five hits and score five runs in the bottom half of the frame to take control of the contest. The first three batters reached base safely and Dalton Lindley knocked in two with an RBI single up the middle. Jon Gray knocked in another run with a double and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Jon Elwood. Pfeiffer tacked on four more runs in the third inning with Kevin Price delivering the biggest blow, a single through the right side that plated two runners.

After trailing 9-3, the Sharks scored four unanswered runs to cut into the deficit.  However, the Falcons were not ready to let Nova Southeastern complete the comeback as they scored three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a commanding lead 14-7.

Pfeiffer scored in four of the nine innings, and were led by outfielder Price who went 3-for-5 at the plate and knocked in four runs. Third baseman Tyler Summers and first baseman Matt Wade knocked in two runs apiece for the Falcons.

Ethan Greene got the call on the mound and gave up five runs, three earned, over five innings.  This outing was good enough to earn his second win on the season, improving to 2-0.  Tyler Lequire was called in as a relief pitcher where he pitched the last four innings and also allowed three earned runs.

Game two was an entirely different display of baseball.  After the teams combined for 22 runs and 26 hits in the first game, the bats cooled off and the two teams scored only eight runs in the night cap.

Pfeiffer jumped out to another early lead as they tacked on three runs in the first two innings for what looked to be another explosive offensive performance.  However, the Falcons did not cross the plate the rest of the game as Nova Southeastern starting pitcher Julian Loret de Mola settled in.  The Sharks took advantage of the drought as they tied up the game in the bottom of the third inning. The hosts took the lead for good in the fourth when Brooks Fleming delivered a big two out double that scored two.

The Falcons would load the bases in the top of the fifth, but pinch hitter Anthony Allende flew out to center field.

Pfeiffer was led by first baseman Matt Wade who went 3-for-4 in game two, going 6-for-9 on the day with two runs batted in.

Keith Little started on the mound and lasted three innings, giving up four earned runs.  Pitchers Zach Huneycutt and Hunter Jobe pitched the remaining three innings.  Little was saddled with the loss and is now 1-1 on the season.

Pfeiffer will return to Misenheimer for their first home game of the season when they host Catawba on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.

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