Softball Splits with Queens in Non-Conference Doubleheader
February 26, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Despite a late-game rally in the second matchup of the afternoon, the Pfeiffer softball team split their doubleheader with Queens on Wednesday afternoon at Jack Ingram Field. The Falcons overcame a deficit to take the first game 8-4 but we unable to capitalize in game two and surrendered to the visitors by a 3-2 margin. With the split, the Falcons are now 5-8 overall and Queens moves to 6-4 on the season.
Pfeiffer got into a hole early in game one, falling behind 1-0 to the Royals in the top of the first. The Falcons would not wait to respond however and put up single runs in each of the next two innings to pull ahead of the visitors 2-1. Queens would answer with three more runs of their own over the course of innings three and four, putting Pfeiffer in another deficit. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, this contest turned out to be a perfect example as to why true fans never leave early.
Freshman Rachel Crowder picked up the first hit for Pfeiffer in the fifth when she singled to left field. Crowder then advanced to second base when junior Lindsey Russell was walked, which brought junior Julie Bullington to the plate. Staring down the Royals' pitcher and finally seeing the ball in her sweet spot, Bullington smacked a solid home run over the left field fence, driving in three total runs and giving the Falcons the lead for good. Completely in control, Pfeiffer carried the momentum through the rest of the game and picked up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
As a team, Pfeiffer had 11 hits off of 30 at-bats and no errors in game one. Bullington led the Falcons with a game-high three hits and five RBIs. Redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch picked up the win on the mound for Pfeiffer improving her record to 2-3 on the season. Jarmusch had five strikeouts and pitched seven full innings in the win. The loss went to Queens hurler Ashley Rollins dropping her record to 1-2 on the season.
Game two was considerably closer than the first contest with both squads trading runs in the second inning. The Falcons took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Jaclyn Boever put a ball over the left field fence on Pfeiffer's very first at-bat of the inning. Queens would answer in the top of the sixth with two runs of their own, making the score 3-2 and setting up a showdown in the seventh.
With the bases loaded and two outs on the scoreboard, Bullington stepped to the plate for the home team. With a 3-2 pitch coming her direction, Bullington swung for the fences with nothing on her mind than saving the game for her team. Unfortunately a pop-up to the second baseman ended the comeback run and the game for the Falcons.
Pfeiffer finished game two with five hits off of 26 at-bats and three errors. Freshman Sydney Poole picks up the loss for Pfeiffer and falls to 2-3 on the season. The win goes to Queens pitcher Lyndey McCurry who improves to 1-0.
The Falcons have a week to rest before they take on Livingstone at home on March 6th. The first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.