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FOREST CITY, N.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team captured two signature wins today against non-conference foe Brevard. The Falcons topped the Tornados 4-2 in the first game and 8-5 in the second contest. With the sweep, Pfeiffer runs their win tally to 22 as they are now 22-14 on the season. Brevard falls to 13-22 on the year.
For the third consecutive game, Pfeiffer jumped on the scoreboard in the very first inning as they scored two runs on four hits.
After his seven game hit streak came to a halt on Monday, Jon Gray got back on track with a lead-off double down the left field line. Gray advanced to third on a Cole McGraw fly out to right field. Tyler Summers then reached on a bunt single as Gray came across the plate for the Falcons first run of the game. After a single by Matt Wade put runners at the corners, Tanner Mathis hit a soft infield single to the shortstop allowing Summers to advance home and extend the early lead to two.
The Tornados did not answer until the fourth inning when they scored one unearned run on one hit. With the bases loaded, Chad Fisher reached on a throwing error by Summers, bringing home Brevard’s only run in the inning.
Brevard tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning off an RBI single by Brock Helton. The Tornados had a chance to take the lead as the bases were loaded with two outs. Hunter Jobe was called from the bullpen to slam the door shut. Jobe got the job done as Fisher went down swinging to end the inning.
The Falcons grasped the lead in the top of the seventh inning when Wade roped a double to left center, bringing home Summers for what turned out to be the game-winning run. Pfeiffer added on one more for good measure as Kyle Hackney singled up the middle to bring home Wade from third and to extend the lead to 4-2.
Dylan Norris was called from the bullpen to try and earn his tenth save of the season. Norris set down the first two batters swinging as one out separated him from the save. After walking the next batter and giving up a single, Norris collected himself to strike out the final batter.
Jobe improved to 6-2 from the bullpen as he pitched one and one-third inning giving up only one hit.
Pfeiffer was led offensively by the bat of Wade who went 3-for-3 with one RBI.
In game two, Brevard put two runs on the board in the very first inning, all with two outs in the frame. With the bases loaded, Fisher connected on a dribbler through the left side of the infield as two runs came around to cross the plate. The Tornados added one more run in the bottom of the second inning off an RBI single from Alex Bedenbaugh.
The Falcons were held quiet until the top of the fourth inning when they scored two runs on three hits to pull to within one run.
Hackney started off the fourth inning with a single through the right side of the infield. McGraw then stepped to the plate and belted a double in the left field gap, bringing home the Falcons first run. With runners on the corners and two outs, Dylan Goodman singled through the left side to bring home Wade for the Falcons second run in the inning.
Brevard responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame as Eric Renegar laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring Tyler Tant across the plate. They tacked on one more run on one hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With their backs against the wall, Pfeiffer hit a burst of energy as they exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the 8-5 lead.
With bases loaded and one out, Summers reached on a fielding error to cut the deficit to two runs. Anthony Allende seized the moment with bases loaded as he knocked a single through the left side, bringing two runs across to tie the game at five apiece. Allende and Summers advanced a base on the throw as Pfeiffer now had runners on second and third with still one out. After Wade was intentionally walked, Goodman showed real patience at the plate as he drew a bases loaded walk to take the first lead of the ballgame at 6-5. Dalton Lindley was next to contribute to the lead as he jumped on a single over the shortstop’s head to bring home one run as Pfeiffer now led 7-5. After John Elwood hit into an infield fly, Kevin Price reached on a fielding error by the left fielder, bringing home Wade from third. Goodman was thrown out at home to end the inning. However, the damage was done as Pfeiffer now had the commanding 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
Norris was called from the pen to finish off the Tornados and clinch his eleventh save on the season. Norris handled Brevard with ease as he walked one batter in the frame, but forced two fly outs and one ground out to clinch the 8-5 victory for the Falcons.
Hackney picked up his first win on the season as he was asked to pitch the bottom of the sixth inning. Hackney is now 1-0 on the season.
Norris notched his eleventh save, and second on the day for the Falcons.
McGraw paced the way for the Falcons offensively as he finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Pfeiffer returns to action Friday, April 4 when they travel to Limestone for a weekend series starting at 3:30 p.m.