Quentin M. Reed – Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, NC – The Pfeiffer Falcons (5-3) won their fifth consecutive game on Sunday, 14-9, as they downed the Molloy Lions (0-3) to sweep the weekend's three-game series. Junior Derek Perry and sophomore Gauge Gantt both plated four RBI on the day as Sunday's designated hitter hit two big flies.
Like in Saturday's twinbill, the Lions jumped out to first inning lead that saw Kevin Podell reach on a walk and then was knocked in by a RBI single down the line by Anthony Navetta. The next batter Anthony Leerdam knocked a homer over the left center fence for the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Pfeiffer took a 3-2 lead as Tanner Mathis singled and Gantt walked. Next batter Derek Perry doubled to right center to score Mathis. Then two ground outs from Damon Smith and Xavier Rodriguez plated two more Pfeiffer runs.
In the bottom of the third, Zach Scudder singled and then Mathis doubled down the left field line to knock in Scudder. In consecutive days, Pfeiffer first-year players got their first career hits on home runs. Gant stepped to the plate and knocked a deep fly over the left centerfield fence to add on and make it 6-3.
Molloy added three in top of the fourth and fifth to tie the score, but in the bottom half of the fifth the sophomore designated hitter blasted another one over the centerfielder into the trees, to again score plate Mathis.
The Falcons and Lions added runs in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh respectively as the score was locked in at 10-7.
The boys from the Village slammed the door shut on the Lions in the bottom the eighth as they added four more. Jordan Eckard knocked in Cody McKenzie, and Perry added a three RBI double to score Isiah Stone, Eckard and John Elwood.
Elwood added two more hits and now has hit safely in all eight games.
Falcons reliever Cameron Reid picked up the win in relief as he pitched three innings.
Pfeiffer returns to play on Tuesday as it travels to Catawba. First pitch is to begin at 3 p.m.