Quentin M. Reed – Assistant Director of Athletic Communication
CENTRAL. S.C. – The Pfeiffer Falcons (10-12, 4-5 CC) took a split in Saturday's Conference Carolinas doubleheader at the Southern Wesleyan Warriors (7-16, 3-6 CC) on Saturday as Falcon game two starter Brodrick Rierson pitched five strong innings allowing one run on four hits.
In game two, Rierson allowed three consecutive singles to start the game but then settled down as Trevor Walke hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored John Garnett.
The Falcon starter would not give up any more runs in the next 4 2/3 innings of work as he struck out three Warrior batters.
In the top of the third, Xavier Rodriguez and Cody McKenzie reached safely as Jordan Eckard tied it one with an RBI single to center. Two batters later, Tanner Mathis again singled up the middle for the Falcons drive in McKenzie Eckard and take the 3-1 lead.
Pfeiffer picked up a run each of the fifth and sixth innings to go up 5-1, but then in the seven the Falcons added two more as it was capped off by Rodriquez single to right field to score Mathis.
Jordan Toney got off to a rocky first inning as John Garrett reached on an error by catcher Derek Perry and then gave up two free passes to Walke and Jason Molden. Next batter Julio Justo hit an infield single to the third baseman Zach Scudder, but next batter Andrew Falgi hit the ball right back at Scudder but the senior third baseman wasn't able to make a clean play, bringing in the first two runs of the game.
Scudder made up for it in the third inning as he doubled home two Falcons, Eckard and Mathis and tie the score at two. Scudder helped Pfeiffer take the lead in the top of the fifth as he sacrificed home Eckard for the lead.
Pfeiffer took a two run lead in the top of the sixth as Rodriguez tripled to center field and then John Elwood drove him home with a double to right field.
Southern Wesleyan retook the lead from Pfeiffer in the bottom of the sixth as Quinton Bent reached on an error by John Elwood, Toney gave up single to Drew Carson that allowed Bent to move up 90 feet. Next batter, Garrett doubled to left to score Bent and then DiMarkus San singled to center bringing in the go ahead and eventual winning runs for the Warriors.
Toney took the loss in game two as he pitched a complete seven inning game, giving up five runs, two earned with seven strikeouts.
Pfeiffer returns to play on Tuesday as they host non-conference, Montreat at 4 p.m. at Joe Ferebee Field.