Softball Splits Doubleheader with Tusculum
March 9, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University softball team, in front of a raucous crowd of nearly 100 spectators at Jack Ingram Field, split two close matchups with visiting Tusculum Sunday afternoon. The first contest belonged to the home team 4-1, while the second game of the double dip went narrowly in Tusculum's favor with an extra-innings decision of 5-4. With the results of both contests in the books, Pfeiffer is now 7-11 overall and Tusculum is 11-13 on the season.
Tusculum got the scoring started in game one, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Pfeiffer wasn't quite ready to respond right away, but in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Falcons would answer, and answer loudly. Junior Julie Bullington would be the first to put points on the board for Pfeiffer when she smacked a monster single down the left field line driving in junior Sadie Saine from second base and picking up an RBI. More points would come on Pfeiffer's very next at-bat when senior Celia Dew knocked a single down the right field line, just past the outstretched fingers of the Tusculum first baseman. Dew picked up an RBI on the play, sending freshman Rachel Crowder home and giving Pfeiffer the lead for good. Two batters later, junior Rebecca Foil found herself on first base after being hit by a pitch. The play sent Bullington home and earned Foil an RBI. The Falcons would pick up their fourth tally of the frame when Dew scored from third base, taking advantage of a wild pitch. Solid defense made the difference in the final innings of game one, earning Pfeiffer the victory.
Pfeiffer had hits from Crowder, Bullington, and Dew in the first game, and only left two runners on base. Redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch picked up the win on the mound for the Falcons, improving to 3-4 on the season and adding four strikeouts to her list. The loss was credited to Tusculum's Kelly King who picked up two strikeouts of her own and falls to 8-6 on the season.
Game two was a much closer contest as evident from the final score. Each team put up a single run apiece in the first inning, with Pfeiffer's tally coming almost immediately. Senior Hannah Jackson found herself in scoring position when she doubled to center field on her first at-bat of the game and quickly picked up Pfeiffer's first run when Saine sent a nicely hit ball into right field for another double. Jackson scored on the play giving Saine her first of two RBIs in the second contest. The next two frames were scoreless for both squads with the pitchers doing a bit of battling of their own. Pfeiffer put up another run in the bottom of the fourth, taking the lead after junior Lexie Brock scored off a single to center field from Dew. Dew advanced to second base on the throw and notched an RBI on the play. Tusculum answered back in the very next inning, tying the game at two apiece in the top of the fifth. The pitchers would again go to work, keeping the remainder of regulation scoreless and forcing an extra frame. Tusculum roared out to a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth, but Pfeiffer wasn't quite ready to throw in the towel. Junior Emily Workman scored Pfeiffer's first run in the eighth when Saine picked up her second double of the contest, this time sending the ball into left field. Two batters later, a single to left field from junior Lindsey Russell sent Saine home and brought the Falcons within one run of the visiting team. Pfeiffer would not get to celebrate a sweep however, with the game's final out coming on the very next at-bat.
Pfeiffer put up eight hits as a team in game two, receiving two-hit performances from Saine and sophomore Jaclyn Boever. Sophomore Jessica Griffin picked up the pitching loss for the Falcons, falling to 1-2 on the season. The win was credited to Tusculum's Eliza Davis who picked up her first victory and improved to 1-3.
The Falcons have almost an entire week to recuperate from their back-to-back doubleheaders as they don't return to action until March 15th when they welcome conference-rival King to Misenheimer. The first game of the doubleheader is set for 3:00 p.m., with the second contest immediately following at 5:00 p.m.