Misenheimer, N.C. – Despite a cold night at the ballpark on Friday evening, the Pfeiffer baseball team (9-3) stretched their win streak to 9 games by defeating the Greensboro Pride 12-2. The Falcons' offensive explosion was led by a 3 hit effort from senior Jordan Eckard, who went 3-4 with 3 runs scored.
The Pfeiffer bats were alive from the get-go as they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning after Greensboro drew first blood by scoring two of their own in the top half of the inning. Derek Perry scored the first Falcon run of the game on a wild pitch, while Kirby Lambert beat out an infield single to drive in Eckard for Pfeiffer's second run of the inning.
The bats really woke up in the bottom of the fifth, with help from a two-run homer by catcher Chaston Gordon. Gordon blasted one in to right-center field to give the Falcons a 6-2 lead, and the rout was on from there. In the sixth, Lambert crushed an opposite field three-run homerun to left-center field to give Pfeiffer an even bigger cushion. The bats wouldn't slow down, however, as senior Christian Marciano came up right behind Lambert and hit solo a homer of his own to left-center field for his third big fly of the season. The Falcons would tack on two more runs in the 8th off of two wild pitches to stretch the lead to 12-2.
Starter Nick Richmond turned in a solid performance despite a rough first inning. Richmond started the game by hitting leadoff batter Jimmy Short which started a two run inning for the Pride. Third baseman Tyler Price would give Greensboro the early lead with a two run single, but that would be all the Pride would get off of Richmond on the night. Richmond would go 6 innings, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 5 and improving his record to 2-1 on the year.
For Greensboro, catcher Scotty McGuire had a solid performance at the plate, going 2-3 with 2 walks. Starting pitcher Piero Amador took the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the season. Amador went 5 innings, giving up 8 hits and 5 earned runs.
Up next for Pfeiffer is game two against the Pride that will take place Saturday afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.