Softball Picks Up Two Crucial Conference Wins Against King; Level Conference Record at .500
March 15, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Behind a solid defensive showing and a complete team effort, the Pfeiffer University softball team snagged two conference wins from visiting King on Saturday in an afternoon doubleheader. The wins put Pfeiffer's overall season record at 9-11, just two games shy of .500, and their Conference Carolinas record at 2-2. With the losses, King falls to 12-19 overall and 1-3 in conference competition.
Game one action started off scoreless through the first two frames, with Pfeiffer drawing first blood in the bottom of the third. With junior Sadie Saine waiting patiently on second base following a two-base smack to center field, freshman Rachel Crowder stepped to the plate. Crowder knocked a ground ball to the King third baseman and was quickly thrown out at first. Saine, keeping an eye on her teammate, saw an opportunity and took off for third base on the hit, beating the subsequent throw to third from the first baseman. The throw from first base came in a bit wild however, sending the ball past the King third baseman and into left field foul territory. Knowing just how fast his number two hitter is, Pfeiffer Head Coach Chris Vullo sent Saine in to score, and score she did. King escaped the inning three batters later with the score sitting at 1-0 in favor of the home team.
The Tornado evened the score at one apiece in the very next inning, but the Falcons weren't prepared to hang up their bats just yet. Following a scoreless fifth frame for both squads, Pfeiffer went up 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth and never looked back. With junior Lexie Brock in to pinch run for her classmate Julie Bullington, Brock advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior Celia Dew. Eyeing her fifth RBI of the season, sophomore Jaclyn Boever took her place in the batter's box. Boever picked up that RBI, sending a single into right field scoring Brock and giving her team the lead for good. Saine led her team in the first game with two hits, with the win on the mound going to redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch who evens her season record at 4-4. The loss went to King's Hannah Light who fell to 11-12.
Game two was a battle from the word go, with only one run making its way onto the scoreboard. With amazing defense and stifling pitching from freshman Sydney Poole, the first four and a half innings went completely scoreless. Pfeiffer would break out the bats in the bottom of the fifth however, putting up their lone run and subsequently the game winner. Boever got the offense started with a double shot to right field to open the frame. Two batters later Boever advanced to third when Crowder grounded out to second base while pinch hitting for sophomore Khristin Isley. On Pfeiffer's very next at-bat Boever picked up the Falcons' lone run of the contest when senior Hannah Jackson smacked a single up the middle. The hit ties Jackson with junior Lindsey Russell for total hits on the 2014 season with a team-leading 18.
The win on the mound was credited to Poole who improves to 3-4 on the season. King's Light pulled double duty today, falling in the second contest as well with her season record now 11-13.
Pfeiffer returns to action on March 20th when they travel to Catawba for a non-conference doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is set for 2:00 p.m.