MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Mount Olive College, ranked #2 in the latest NCBWA poll, won their 19th and 20th-straight games sweeping Pfeiffer University 13-1 and 7-4 in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field. The Trojans improve to 42-4 overall, 19-3 in league play while dropping the Falcons to 18-28, 11-10.
Mount Olive would put three up in the second on a crucial mistake by the Falcons. With the bases-loaded and two out, Falcon starter Tyler Ring appeared to get himself out of a jam with a little liner into left. However, the ball was misplayed in left allowing all three unearned runs to score. An error at second would consequently start the inning for the Trojans.
In the fourth, a leadoff single by Tyler Farmer would later payoff as a two-out single to left off the bat of Bradon Reitano gave the Trojans a four-run lead. Mike Mercurio would quickly add two more on a double to left extending the visitors lead to a half-dozen in the fourth.
The Falcons got on the game one board in the fourth as a two-out single by Matt Wade kept the inning alive for Izzy Perez. After scampering to second on the fourth Trojan wild pitch of the day, Perez lined a double to left to bring home Wade cutting the deficit down to 6-1.
Mount Olive pushed the lead back to six with a one-out single to center by Reitano in the eighth. Reitano plated Zak Orrison would ledoff with a double down the left-field line. A two-out error by the Falcons, their fifth of the game, would continue the inning as Mount Olive tacked on two more thanks to a pair of stolen bases, a groundout to second by Jermaine Berry and a wild pitch.
Insurance in the ninth came via four more runs, all unearned, as the key blow of the inning was a three-run blast to left-center by Mercurio. Pfeiffer would end up with seven errors made in game one.
Both starters cruised in the start of game two being perfect through the first two frames until Mount Olive's Daniel Oliver blasted a solo shot to straight-away center for a 1-0 Trojans lead. Later in the frame, a bloop single to left by Reitano would score Matt Petrone for a 2-0 advantage.
The Falcons looked poised for a big third inning until controversy arrived at first base. After Tyler Summers and Dalton Lindley walked, Kevin Price would drop down a bunt to third and would originally be called safe after being tripped up at first base. Upon further review and a conversation with the plate umpire 90 feet away, Price was ruled out on the play. A groundout and pop out would soon end the inning and take away a bases-loaded threat for the Falcons.
Pfeiffer would get one of those runs back in the fourth as a bases-loaded double play ball hit into by Kyle Hackney would score Aarin Sharpe slicing the deficit in half at 2-1. Mount Olive came right back and responded with three runs in the fifth as Mercurio connected again, this time for a three-run shot to left-center, putting the Trojans up 5-1.
Two more came around for Mount Olive in the sixth as a Matt Petrone single back up the box pushed the advantage to 7-1. Pfeiffer would get their final runs of the day in the bottom of the inning using a solo shot to left-center courtesy of Wade, a RBI groundout by Price to score Summers in the seventh along with a Jon Gray single to score Dalton Lindley.
Before the games, longtime Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee had his #23 jersey officially retired in a pregame ceremony. April 20, 2013 was also officially declared Joe Ferebee Day in the Village of Misenheimer.
Pfeiffer and Mount Olive will make-up Friday's originally scheduled series-opener on Sunday as the series-finale beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will once again be available courtesy of http://www.gofalconsports.com.