Softball Splits with Lees-McRae in Conference Carolinas Showdown
March 22, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Despite a late rally in the final inning of game two, the Pfeiffer University softball team split a conference doubleheader with rival Lees-McRae (6-25, 1-3 CC) Saturday afternoon. The first game went easily to the home team with the Falcons defeating Lees-McRae 4-1, however Game two was another story, with the Bobcats ending up victorious, 5-4. The Falcons are now 10-12 overall this season and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas action.
Game one was all Pfeiffer, with the home squad jumping on the board first with two runs off five hits in the bottom of the third. Junior Rebecca Foil got the hitting started for the Falcons when she knocked a double into right field. Foil advanced to third on the very next at-bat when junior Emily Workman smacked a base-hit straight to the Lees-McRae pitcher, beating the ensuing throw to first. Foil scored the Falcons first run two batters later when junior Sadie Saine doubled on a bunt. Saine scored one batter later when sophomore Jessica Jackson hit a monster single up the middle.
Pfeiffer picked up two more runs in the fourth inning off two hits and held the Bobcats to only one run in the seventh to seal the victory in game one. The Falcons out-hit their opponents 8-6 in the first game and were led by Jackson who put up two hits. Redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch (5-4) picked up the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and throwing a jaw-dropping eight strikeouts. The loss was credited to Taylor Billings who fell to 2-3 on the season.
The second game was closer than the previous matchup, with the visitors just barely squeaking by Pfeiffer. Lees-McRae got ahead early scoring one run in the first and two more in the second to go up 3-0. The third frame was scoreless for both squads, and after the Falcons' defense blanked Lees-McRae in the top of the fourth, Pfeiffer began their comeback. Picking up two runs in the fourth, the Falcons pulled within one run of Lees-McRae. Both squads tallied a run apiece in the fifth frame keeping the margin at one. The Bobcats began to pull away in the sixth, creating a little distance with a fifth run, making the score 5-3.
Pfeiffer was prepared for a fight in the seventh however, holding Lees-McRae scoreless and eyeing their chance for a comeback victory. Senior Hannah Jackson got the hitting started for Pfeiffer in the seventh when she rocked a double to center field. Saine singled to second base advancing Hannah Jackson to third, and prompting a call to the bullpen for the Bobcats. On the very next at-bat, the Bobcats' relief pitcher walked Jessica Jackson, moving Saine to second and loading the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Hannah Jackson would score on a fielder's choice from junior Julie Bullington, with Saine out at third on the play. With two outs, and the tying run in scoring position, senior Celia Dew fouled out to the catcher, ending the rally as quickly as it had begun.
Pfeiffer out-hit their opponents 10-9, with three players each notching a two-hit effort. Dew led the Falcons in the RBI column with two. The losing effort on the mound was credited to freshman Sydney Poole who falls to 3-5 on the season. Celeste Sheppard picked up the win for Lees-McRae in the second game and improved to 3-11.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow when they take on Carson-Newman in a non-conference doubleheader. The first pitch of game one has been moved to 10:00 a.m. due to impending weather, with game two immediately following.