It was a chilly afternoon in the village of Misenheimer on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the Pfeiffer baseball team (14-7) from scoring nine runs en route to a 9-6 victory over Queens University (15-5). Leading the charge was Kirby Lambert, who crushed his 9th homerun of the season to drive in three of his four runs on the day to anchor the Falcon offense.
The Royals got out to a 5-2 lead early on after a four run top of the fifth. Noah Jones blasted a solo homer to straightaway center field to drive in the second run of the inning, while Dominic Ford put an exclamation point on the frame when he drove one over the left field fence for a two run homer to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Falcons would answer right away however with a five run bottom of the fifth to put themselves back on top 7-5. All the damage came with two outs, starting with Lambert's three run blast to bring the score even at 5-5. A Chaston Gordon double that scored Christian Marciano would give Pfeiffer the lead once again. Mason Striplin would come up next and continue the big inning with an RBI single of his own to give the Falcons a 7-5 advantage.
Pfeiffer would add on two more runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Jordan Eckard and Lambert to extend the lead to 9-5. Queens would add a single run in the seventh to make it a three run game, but the Falcon bullpen was nearly lights out as they nailed down Pfeiffer's 14th win of the season.
On the mound for the Falcons was senior right hander Willis Carter. Carter went 5 innings while giving up 8 hits, 7 runs (6 earned), and 2 strikeouts to pick up his first win on the season. It was also an exciting pitching debut for Bryan Kowalski, who went 1 inning in relief while giving up just 1 hit and striking out 2. Peyton Williams nailed down his third save on the campaign with a solid ninth inning.
Senior second baseman Derek Perry had a strong day at the plate and in the field. Perry went 2-4 with 2 runs scored out of the leadoff spot while also walking once. In the field, Perry made an outstanding diving play to his right to gun down what would have been a key hit to help avoid a potential big inning. Xavier Rodriguez also had a strong afternoon at the plate, going 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored.
For the Royals, shortstop Dominic Ford had a big performance, collecting 3 hits including a two-run homer. Wes Boling also helped out the Queens offense by getting on base four times.
Pfeiffer will try to defend their home turf again when they play a three game weekend series starting this Friday against William Peace. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m.