Misenheimer, N.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team made it six wins in a row on Friday night as they defeated the Ferrum Panthers (1-5) 7-6 at Joe Ferebee Field. After losing their first three games of the season, the Falcons have slugged their way to six straight victories and now sit at 6-3 on the season.
Pfeiffer got a great performance by starting pitcher Nick Richmond, who threw 6 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 2 hits and striking out 5. The Falcons offense gave Richmond the run support he needed, scoring 5 runs in the first 4 innings.
It was not the same dominance for the Pfeiffer bullpen, however, as they gave up 6 runs, all of which were in the 8th inning. Despite the rough inning, Nathan Ray got out of a jam to keep the game tied going in to the bottom of the 8th, where the Falcons would once again strike on offense to put Pfeiffer ahead for good.
Tied at 6, Derek Perry led off the 8th with a single to right field. With 1 out, Jordan Eckard walked, and Kirby Lambert reached on an error by Ferrum shortstop Nathaniel Anthony. Panthers' pitcher Luke Bryant then uncorked a wild pitch with Christian Marciano up to bat that scored Perry, which would end up being the game winning run. Peyton Williams would slam the door on any Ferrum hopes in the 9th to convert his first save of the season.
Third baseman Bryan Kowalski hit his 2nd homerun on the year in the bottom of the 3rd, towering one over the left field fence for a two-run homer. Lambert also stayed hot at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and 3 runs scored. Lambert is currently hitting .500 on the season with 3 homeruns and 14 RBI's. Chaston Gordon also played a key role in the victory, going 2-5 with an RBI.
For Ferrum, lefty Drew Calohan got the start, going 4 innings while giving up 5 runs (4 earned), 7 hits, and 4 walks in the no decision. Nathaniel Anthony went 2-4 with 2 RBI's and scored a run for the Panther's offense.
The Falcons take the field again tomorrow afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field as they host Ferrum for game two of this four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.