Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Just three days removed from its shocking 9-2 upset over No. 1 nationally-ranked Mount Olive in day one of the Conference Carolinas tournament, the Pfeiffer baseball team (24-25) was victim of organized revenge, falling to the Trojans 16-2 in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Falcons conclude their 2017 season, while UMO moves on to the conference championship game against Belmont Abbey.
Mount Olive began the scoring brigade early, courtesy of Ricky Surum's two-run home run in the top of the first inning. But having scored nine runs or more in each of its previous six games, Pfeiffer seemed to be picking up right where it left off at the plate, responding with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to tie it at 2. With two outs, Zach Scudder sent one over the left center fence, and then Tanner Mathis doubled in Kirby Lambert, who reached base on a single the prior at bat.
Unfortunately, that would be the closest the Falcons would get to having a lead.
The Trojans almost went through lineup twice in the top of the second, plating 15 batters. The result was nine runs off eight hits – three of them being home runs – and an 11-2 lead that was simply far too significant to overcome.
A proud owner of the most wins in all of Division II baseball, UMO tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning and another two in the ninth to put a stamp on the game for the impressive 16-2 victory. The Trojans were headlined by six batters who finished with multiple hits, including nine combined RBI from Zach Mozingo, Ricky Surum, and Jose Lopez.
After dominating the same lineup last Thursday, Drew Wilson (5-7) was roughed up for seven earned runs (four HRs) in just 1.2 innings on the mound Sunday. At the plate, the Falcons were led by Tanner Mathis, who finished 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.