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Softball Eliminated by Erskine in Conference Carolinas Tournament

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BURLINGTON, N.C. - The sixth-seeded Pfeiffer University softball team dropped a closely contested afternoon matchup to the fifth-seeded Erskine Flying Fleet on Saturday, falling 2-0.  The loss eliminates the Falcons from the 2014 Conference Carolinas Tournament and ends their season with an overall record of 18-25-1 and a conference record of 7-8-1.  With the win Erskine improves to 19-22 on the season and moves on in the tournament.  Pfeiffer found themselves on the losing end of the elimination game this afternoon, but only after dropping another closely contested matchup to second-seeded King University earlier in the day.

The Falcons' first matchup was scoreless through two and a half innings until the Tornado picked up their first of two runs in the bottom of the third.  King's Fallon Thomas homered over the left field wall following a 2-0 pitch from freshman hurler Sydney Poole to put her team on the board first.  King picked up their second run when Octavia Lewis-Rand took a 0-1 pitch from Poole and knocked it over the center field wall for her team's second home run of the day.  King out-hit the Falcons 7-2 in the matchup as Pfeiffer was never really able to find their rhythm.

Poole fell to 7-10 on the season with the loss, as King's Hannah Light improved to 26-16 with the pitching victory, striking out seven batters along the way.

Pfeiffer's second contest of the afternoon was a bit closer on the offensive side of things, but unfortunately identical in the score column.  The two squads were deadlocked in a solid defensive battle through the conclusion of four and a half innings before Erskine broke the scoring drought.  Erkine's Canda Fitch and Kat Windham picked up the team's only two runs in the bottom of the fifth following a wild pitch by Falcon hurler Sam Jarmusch.  Unable to capitalize on their offensive efforts, Pfeiffer was out-hit 5-4 by the Flying Fleet and when all was said and done had left four runners on base.  Junior Lindsey Russell led the Falcons offensively with two hits in the loss.

Jarmusch, a redshirt-sophomore, picked up only one strikeout in the matchup and fell to 8-12 overall with the loss, while Fitch improved to 5-4 with the victory.

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