DEMOREST, GA – The Pfeiffer softball team (2-0) had its long awaited season debut today, earning a sweep of Centre and Birmingham Southern at the Piedmont Classic. Kiana Millsaps earned wins in both games in the circle and had a strong day with the bat as well.
The Falcons began their Division III era with a dominating 10-3 win over Centre. Pfeiffer didn't waste much time in jumping ahead, pushing across four runs in the top of the first and six more in the top of the second. Millsaps doubled with the bases loaded, scoring all three baserunners, and then came home on an RBI groundout by Amanda Sports.
In the second, Vada Blue Sherrill hit an RBI triple and came around on a double from Stephanie Fortner. Millsaps added another RBI base hit followed by a run-scoring single by Chandler Walker to make the score 10-0.
Centre would chip away late, scoring three times in the top of the fifth to avoid the mercy rule but was unable to pull any closer.
Millsaps who threw 3.1 perfect innings to earn the win. Kyndle Wallace also tossed two scoreless innings
Pfeiffer stole four bases in the game and the top two batters in the lineup – Sherrill and Fortner – combined to go 5-for-8 with four runs and two RBI.
The Falcons pulled off a dramatic comeback in the finale, defeating Birmingham Southern by a final score of 7-6.
Pfeiffer trailed 2-0 after the bottom of the first but pushed across four runs in the top of the third. Makenzie Pennell doubled, scoring two and Millsaps drove in a pair with a double of her own to give the Falcons a 4-2 advantage.
After BSC got a run in the bottom of the third to cut it to 4-3, Pfeiffer added two in the top of the fifth. Sports RBI triple brought in Walker and Sara Brown scored Sports on a fielder's choice.
Despite a 3-run deficit, Birmingham Southern would not give in. They tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the bottom of the sixth to even the game at 6.
However, as the Falcons did many times a season ago, Pfeiffer would win it in their final at bat. Millsaps led off the top of the seventh with a single, her fourth hit of the day. Paige Love ran for Millsaps who advanced to second on a ground out, setting the stage for the game-winner. Sports stroked an RBI base hit to left field to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead.
An error extended the bottom of the seventh but Millsaps slammed the door shut for her second win of the afternoon.
The Falcons return to action next weekend as they compete at the William Peace tournament. They open the 4-game weekend slate opens on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when Pfeiffer takes on McDaniel.