|Pfeiffer Wins 2 at SAPC|
|Friday, 21 March 2008|
|Laurinburg, NC---The Pfeiffer baseball team swept a double-header Friday afternoon against St. Andrews Presbyterian in Conference Carolinas action. The Falocns took game one 10-8 and came back in game two to win 8-4 in extra innings. Pfeiffer is now 17-17 on the season and 6-8 in the conference. SAPC falls to 10-21 and 4-13. |
The Falcons jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game with four runs in the first and one run in the second. Senior Hayes Hinson highlighted Pfeiffer’s surge with a two-run single in the first.
After Kyle Norris doubled to start the bottom of the fourth, Vince Giunta plated Norris with a single for the Knights first run of the game.
Both teams scored two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth as Pfeiffer maintained a 10-6 advantage. Strickland hit a solo homer in the sixth while Coke followed with a two-run shot in the same inning.
The Knights continued to trail by four runs heading into the bottom of the ninth but they took advantage of a Pfeiffer error to score a couple of unearned runs. Eric Stone had a two-run double to cut the deficit in half, 10-8, sending the tying run up to plate but the Falcons closer, sophomore Andrew Oliver, entered the game and recorded a strikeout to end the game.
In the nightcap, St. Andrews built an early 2-0 lead with one run in both the second and third. Norris had a run-producing double to supply the Knights with their second run.
The Falcons catapulted into the lead with a bases-loaded three run double by Braxton in the fourth. Braxton’s bases-clearing double in the right-center gap gave the visitors a 3-2 lead.
Eastwood tied the contest at three apiece with a single down the left field line that scored Alex Ridout. Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings forcing extra innings.
Strickland, who had four hits in the second game, had an RBI-single in the top of the eighth to put the Falcons back on top.
St. Andrews loaded the bases with no outs. All three base runners then advanced on a wild pitch including Eastwood scoring to tie the game at 4-4. However, Pfeiffer was able to keep the Knights from winning in walk-off fashion as Oliver tallied a strikeout, a pop fly-out to short right, and a groundout.
The Falcons took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the ninth including an RBI-single by Coke, a two-run single by Pou, and another RBI-single by Strickland. Oliver improved to 5-1 on the season with a hitless ninth inning.
Horne pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Knights allowing three runs on nine hits while fanning a game-high four Falcons. Pfeiffer sophomore Jonathan McDaniel allowed just four runs (two earned) on eight hits over 7.0 innings in the no-decision.