Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, NC – The Pfeiffer University baseball team (18-18, 8-11 CC) held on for a 6-5 victory against Emmanuel (13-23, 6-16) Friday evening at Joe Ferebee Field. Left-hander Drew Wilson earned his third win of the season, tossing six innings and scattering five hits and one run while striking out seven batters. Xavier Rodriguez claimed his fourth save of the year.
Pfeiffer took a 3-0 lead after the first two innings courtesy of an RBI from first baseman Tanner Mathis and a two-RBI triple from second baseman John Elwood, who would go on to finish 3-for-5 on the night – his 12th multi-hit performance in 2017. The Falcons added two more runs in the fifth off catcher Christian Marciano's single to center field that drove in Zach Scudder and Kirby Lambert.
Emmanuel responded with a 4-0 run between the sixth and seventh innings, finding the scoreboard for the first time via wild pitch and then three-hitter Eric Pape took Dylan Goodman yard for a three-run blast to make it a one-run difference at 5-4.
Marciano tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI double – tying a season-high with 3 in total – scoring pinch-runner Brandall Peters from second base. Relief pitcher Cameron Reid was able to squirm his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth, but proceeded to load the bases once again in the ninth with no outs before a call to the bullpen to bring in Rodriguez. The junior from Tampa, Fl. struck out the first two batters he saw before walking in a run to bring it back within one. He then closed the game by getting the best of Chase Livingston, who grounded it just a few feet in front of home plate for an easy 1-3 out.
With the win, the Falcons have emerged victorious in five of their last six games, reaching .500 for the first time since March 7 and are now in a three-way tie for 5th place in the Conference Carolinas standings.
PFU will look for the series win during tomorrow's doubleheader, scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.