DAHLONEGA, GA - The Pfeiffer baseball team (4-2) was on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel as North Georgia's (4-3) Brandon Agar topped Pfeiffer's ace Ethan Greene on Saturday night by a final score of 2-1. Pfeiffer was held to four hits in the contest as Agar improved to 2-0 on the season with a 0.89 ERA by tossing seven innings without allowing an earned run.
Greene allowed only one run and four hits in five innings for Pfeiffer. Zach Huneycutt dropped to 0-1 on the season by allowing one run in two innings of relief.
Christian Turnipseed was credited with his third save of the season as he threw two perfect innings in relief of Agar, striking out three.
Pfeiffer took the lead in the top of the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Matt Wade reached via a two base error by the second basemen. Wade advanced to third on Zach Scudder's groundout and came around to score on Cody McKenzie's sacrifice fly.
North Georgia evened the score in the bottom half of the third. Greene walked the leadoff batter and then allowed a single, putting two men aboard with no outs. After a line out and a strike out, Greene nearly escaped the jam but Travis Naraine's base hit up the middle scored Eason Spivey.
The score was deadlocked until the bottom of the seventh when the duo of Naraine and Spivey struck again. Spivey led off the inning with a base hit and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. A single and a walk loaded the bases and Naraine's sacrifice fly to left field plated Spivey with the game winner.
Pfeiffer was unable to mount any kind of rally against Turnipseed in their final two at bats.
Jon Gray, Tyler Summers, Kevin Price and Scudder produced the four hits, all singles. Summers and Price were both caught stealing by Spivey who had a solid all-around game.
North Georgia left 12 runners on base in the contest.
The two teams return to action tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon.