LAURINBURG, NC - With 18 games left in the regular season, the Pfeiffer baseball team (19-12) topped its 2013 season win total (18) with a convincing 10-4 win at St. Andrews (15-12) on a cold and damp afternoon. Pfeiffer pounded out 15 hits in the outburst and five players recorded multi-hit efforts.
Craig Jacobelli pitched a strong 5 1/3 innings to earn his first victory on the season. Jacobelli limited the Knights to one earned run and struck out four batters to lower his team-leading ERA to 2.25 in 20 innings this year.
Tyler Summers and Dalton Lindley each had three hits in the game. Cole McGraw and Kevin Price each had two RBI’s and Jon Gray went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the leadoff spot. Gray continued to swing a hot bat as the rightfielder has recorded a hit in seven straight games. Gray has at least two hits in six of those seven games and is 14-for-30 (.467 average) with 12 runs scored and six RBI’s in that stretch. Gray also hit his conference-leading 15th double in the contest.
Pfeiffer scored seven of its 10 runs in their first three innings. Gray led off the game with a base hit and Summers moved him to third with a single. Gray scored on a passed ball and Anthony Allende’s RBI groundout brought home Summers.
After St. Andrews scored one in the bottom of the first, pinch runner Brandall Peters manufactured a run with his speed. Lindley singled and Peters ran for him as the freshman advanced to second on a base hit from Kyle Hackney. Peters then stole third and caused an errant throw by the catcher which scored him. McGraw then scored Hackney from second with an RBI single to center.
With Pfeiffer ahead 3-1, Hackney’s RBI single and Price’s two-RBI double pushed Pfeiffer’s advantage to 7-1 in the bottom of the third. Pfeiffer added an eighth run in the sixth as McGraw produced an RBI single.
Jacobelli worked into trouble in the bottom of the sixth and was pulled after allowing two runs (one earned) and leaving the bases loaded. Reliever Hunter Jobe came in and immediately induced a come backer which he turned into a 1-2-3 double play to get Pfeiffer out of the jam.
Pfeiffer’s last two scores came in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Summers, who later scored on an error by the third basemen.
Dylan Norris allowed one run in the bottom of the ninth.
Pfeiffer went 18-32 last season and has shown great strides in their second season under Head Coach Dusty Blake. The Falcons are currently in sole possession of third place in the conference with a 8-4 record and host first place Erskine for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. at Joe Ferebee Field. Prior to that game, Pfeiffer travels to UNC Pembroke tomorrow at 4 p.m.