Baseball Splits Doubleheader With No. 15 Erskine
March 31, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team split a doubleheader today against conference foe Erskine, losing the first game 5-4 in eight innings and winning the second game 12-6 on a sunny afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field. With the split the Falcons advance to 20-14, 9-5 CC and Erskine moves to 21-8, 8-3 CC.
Pfeiffer tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the first with two outs. After a strikeout and a ground out, Tyler Summers singled up the middle to record the Falcons first hit. Two pitches later, Anthony Allende roped a double down the left field line as Summers used his speed to advance home for the early 1-0 lead.
The Falcons held Erskine’s potent offense scoreless for the first three innings before the Flying Fleet scored one run in the top of the fourth inning. The run came off the bat of Wilson who hit a single up the middle to score the unearned run and tie the game at one apiece.
Pfeiffer was quick to retaliate as Matt Wade belted a deep solo shot to left center field with one out as the Falcons regained the 2-1 lead. After a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back singles to load the bases, Kevin Price connected on a single to left field to score one more run to give the Falcons some breathing room as they now led 3-1. The Falcons could not capitalize on another run as they took the two run lead into the top of the fifth.
The Falcons tallied one more run in the bottom of the sixth as Kyle Hackney singled on a sharp ground ball through the right side, bringing in Wade to give the Falcons the 4-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Despite the strong pitching thus far by sophomore Ethan Greene, three outs stood between him and the complete game victory. Greene got the first guy to ground out and the second one to pop out to right field. Back-to-back walks brought the tying run to the plate and the coach to visit Greene on the mound. On the very next pitch, Overstreet shattered the complete game hopes as he emptied the bases on a game-tying three run homerun to left center. Hunter Jobe came in to relieve Greene, as he forced Smith to ground out on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Pfeiffer could not find the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh, as the game was extended to extra innings.
Erskine was quick to capitalize on the new ballgame as Yost doubled down the right field line to bring in the game winning run as Pfeiffer was unable to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.
Jobe received the loss, falling to 5-2 as he pitched one and one-third innings giving up one run on two hits.
Summers and Price tallied three hits each as they led the way for the Falcons offensively.
In game two it was Erskine who jumped on board first. Overstreet seemed to carry the momentum from the previous game as he connected for a solo blast to left field, his second on the day.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, Pfeiffer retaliated in a strong manner. With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Summers singled up the middle and advanced to second as the ball was misplayed by the center fielder. Allende poked a single through the left side of the infield as Summers slid into home to tie the game at one. After Wade walked, Dylan Goodman hit a double down the left field line to bring home Allende and quickly take the 2-1 lead after the first inning.
Erskine regained the lead in the top of the fourth as Maivelett hit a sacrifice fly to left field with bases loaded to tie the game at two. With runners on first and second, Lollis walked on a wild pitch that brought Corn in from second to regain the lead 3-2.
Pfeiffer acted quickly once again as Goodman walked to bring Dalton Lindley to the plate. After a pitching change, Lindley blasted the first pitch over the trees in left center to regain the lead at 4-3. Pfeiffer threatened for another run with runners on first and second with two outs. Summers singled through the left side as Hackney was thrown out at home for the third out.
Overstreet proved to be a tough out as he tied the game on a solo shot to center field, his third homer of the day.
The Falcons were provided with breathing room in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners on first and second with one out, Lindley provided the spark that the Falcons needed. Schuler delivered the pitch home and never turned to look at where the ball ended up as Lindley belted a three-run homerun over the wall to left center, his second homerun in two innings. The Falcons now held the 7-4 advantage.
Erskine cut into the deficit in the seventh inning as Smith connected on a solo homerun off Keith Little.
Pfeiffer put the game away for good in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring five runs on five hits. Jon Gray led off the inning with a solo homerun to center field for his third on the season. With bases loaded and one out, Goodman hit a sharp ground ball through the left side as Summers and John Elwood came across the plate to extend the lead to five runs. The scoring frenzy was not over yet as Hackney doubled down the left field line to clear the bases, extending the Pfeiffer lead to 12-5 heading into the top of the ninth inning.
Erskine tallied one final run on a sacrifice fly to right field, as they could not muster enough power in the top of the ninth inning.
Tyler Lequire earned the win as he improved to 3-1 on the season. Lequire pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
Lindley recorded two hits in the game, both of which were homeruns as he tallied five runs-batted-in on the game. Goodman went 3-for-4 on the game, bringing home three runs of his own. Summers finished the day going 6-for-9 as he went 3-for-5 in game two.
Pfeiffer returns to action Tuesday, April 1 when they travel to take on Brevard in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.