Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, NC – Limestone (12-9, 2-3 CC) entered the weekend looking for its first official road win of the 2017 season but did not find it at Joe Ferbee Field. After securing a 6-3 win on Friday night, the Pfeiffer baseball team (9-8, 3-3) grabbed two more on Saturday, 5-4 and 16-3 to clinch an emphatic three-game series sweep.
Game One: Pfeiffer 5, Limestone 4 (7 innings)
Limestone was first to strike on Saturday afternoon when Michael Colombi pushed across a run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly ball, but Pfeiffer responded with a two-run home run from Kirby Lambert in the bottom of the frame to take the 2-1 lead. Saints infielder Zach Piazza, who went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the game, retook the lead in the top of the third with a two-run shot of his own.
But Pfeiffer starting pitcher Jordan Toney was in the zone this afternoon. He'd stay on the mound the entire seven innings, allowing just one more run (finishing with two earned runs) while striking out a season-high six, allowing the Falcons an opportunity to take advantage of a few Limestone errors and regain the advantage in the bottom of the sixth. Toney slammed the door shut with a one-two-three seventh to improve to 2-3 this spring.
Game Two: Pfeiffer 16, Limestone 3
Seven Falcons recorded two hits or more as Pfeiffer exploded for a season-high 16 runs off 22 total hits, scoring the most runs in a single game in 30 appearances dating back to last April.
Led by Scudder's first-inning, two-run moon shot, Pfeiffer raced out to a 5-0 lead after the first two frames. The Saints were able to chip away over the next few innings, cutting it to 5-3 heading into the sixth inning. But a pair of run-driving singles by Perry and Peters in the sixth and seventh gave the Falcons some insurance at 8-3 before the floodgates opened in the eighth.
Here, Pfeiffer lit up Limestone's bullpen for 10 more hits and put an eight-spot on the board to blow the game wide open and give the Falcons their most lopsided victory of the season – all while scoring the most runs the Saints have allowed this spring.
Pfeiffer will look to continue its momentum on Tuesday, March 7 when it travels to Daytona Beach, Fl. for a two-game nonconference series against Embry-Riddle at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.