Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Head Coach Dusty Blake announced the 2018 Pfeiffer Baseball schedule this afternoon as the Falcons embark on their first season as members of NCAA Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference.
The 2018 campaign opens on Feb. 3 when the Falcons take on a pair of Division II foes in Carson-Newman and Limestone in Gaffney, SC. The home opener is set for Feb. 16 when the Falcons play a three-game weekend series at Joe Ferebee Field against Indiana-South Bend.
The first game against a USA South opponent will take place on Feb. 20 when the Falcons travel to Greensboro College for a mid-week matchup. The first home games against a USA South opponent will be that weekend (Feb. 23-25) when Ferrum comes to the village. A season ago, Ferrum went 13-5 in conference play and finished the regular season in second place.
After a home series with Greensboro, the Falcons hit the road for six straight before returning home to take on William Peace on March 23-25.
The home finale occurs on April 18 when Pfeiffer hosts St. Andrews on Wednesday evening. The regular season will wrap up with a road trip to Covenant for a trio of games on April 21-22.
Outfielder Jordan Eckard returns for his senior season with the Falcons after being named a Second Team All-Conference performer in 2017. Eckard posted career-highs in batting average (.362), home runs (6), stolen bases (9), runs (39), hits (59), on base percentage (.410) and slugging percentage (.577) in his tremendous junior campaign.
Also returning is 2B Derek Perry who earned a spot on the Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team last season and was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2016. Perry led Pfeiffer in at bats and was second on the team in runs and doubles while swiping eight bags and plugging a hole at catcher early in the season.
Xavier Rodriguez, the team's co-MVP a season ago, is back for his final season with the Falcons and was dynamic as a hitter and pitcher. The centerfielder recorded a .475 on base percentage and walked twice as many times as he struck out, while posting a team-high .381 batting average and driving in 27 runs. On the mound, Rodriguez functioned as the team's closer, recording six saves and striking out 10.8 batters per 9 innings.
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