|Pfeiffer Sweeps Trojans|
|Tuesday, 01 April 2008|
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mount Olive built a 3-0 lead, but Pfeiffer erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Trojans 4-3 in game one of a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader. Pfeiffer (20-17, 6-6) completed the sweep with a 3-0 win in the nightcap.
The sweep was only third against Mount Olive in the Trojans’ last 30 home doubleheaders, dating back to 2005.
In the opener, Mount Olive (20-15 overall, 6-4 Conference Carolinas) broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the third.
The Trojans added a run in the sixth when Bailey Harrell belted a towering fly ball over left-center field fence for her third home run of the season.
Trojan pitcher Anna Turvin allowed only three hits in six scoreless innings before running into trouble in the seventh.
Dacia Ijames, who tossed a six-hitter on the mound for Pfeiffer, led off the top of the seventh with a double. Sarah Moore drew a one-out walk and Shelby Fleming singled home the first run. Stephanie Brandt tied the game with an opposite-field two-run triple to right-center and scored the game-winner on Tiffany Allen’s single up the middle.
Ijames, who retired the first seven batters she faced, set the Trojans down in order in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Pfeiffer took a quick 1-0 lead in the nightcap as Martina Bullard hit a one-out triple and scored on Jaimee Cassidy’s single. Trojan pitcher Jenny Jackson would hold the Falcons without another hit over the next four innings.
Mount Olive had its best scoring chance in the bottom of the fourth as the Trojans loaded the bases with nobody out. But James, who would pitch six scoreless innings in game two, got out of the jam on a strikeout and a 4-3 double play.
Pfeiffer added a pair of unearned runs in the sixth as Stephanie Bethea led off with a single, stole second and scored on a throwing error. Moore drove in the final run with a one-out bases-loaded bloop single to right. Both runs were unearned. Jackson escaped further trouble by inducing a come-backer to the mound for an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.
Pfeiffer plays host to Barton Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader.