Tale of Two Games as Pfeiffer Splits Doubleheader at Mount Olive
March 15, 2014
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – It was a tale of two games as the Pfeiffer baseball team split a doubleheader against conference foe Mount Olive, winning the first game 10-8 and dropping the second contest 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. With the split the Falcons move to 15-11, 6-3 CC while Mount Olive advances to 17-8, 5-1 CC.
After being able to only muster together four hits in yesterday’s contest, the Falcons pounded out an impressive 14 hits in game one of the doubleheader as they defeated Mount Olive on the road for the first time in over a decade.
The Falcons were quick to act in game one as Jon Gray led off the game with a solo homerun to left field, his second of the year.
However the Trojans retaliated in the bottom of the frame as they scored one run on two hits to tie the game headed into the second. The second inning seemed to be all but over as Mount Olive strung together four runs on five hits, all with two outs in the frame.
Despite being down four runs early, Pfeiffer kept their composure to have a strong third inning. With two runners on and no outs, Gray continued to damage the Trojans pitching as he hit a double to left center to bring Dalton Lindley home and advance Kevin Price to third. After a strikeout, Tyler Summers ripped a single to left field clearing the bases to bring the Falcons to within one run. Pfeiffer left two runners on base to finish the inning, however they cut into the deficit and trailed only 5-4.
Pfeiffer tied the game briefly in the top of the fourth when Price hit a sacrifice fly to left field following a leadoff double by Kyle Hackney and a single by Lindley.
Mount Olive regained the lead as they scored one run on one hit, while the Falcons had one error in the inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, Pfeiffer took the lead and did not look back. Hackney led off the inning with a solo homerun to left field, his first on the season. After Lindley’s double down left field line, Price knocked him in with a single to give the falcons the 7-6 lead.
The Falcons added to their lead in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third as Matt Wade grounded out to shortstop bringing home Summers from third. Dylan Goodman then singled to left center to bring home Anthony Allende from third base. With two outs and a runner on second, Lindley stepped up to single down the left field line to bring Goodman across the plate, putting the Falcons up 10-5.
Mount Olive saw their comeback fall short as they scored two runs on one hit in the final frame, dropping their first conference loss on the season.
Hunter Jobe improved to 4-1 with the win as he was called from the bullpen, pitching two innings and giving up no hits.
Lindley paced the way offensively for Pfeiffer as he went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Gray added to that as he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one homerun.
In game two, Mount Olive took the early lead again as Bradon Reitano singled to left field, bringing home Jay Gonzalez for the game’s first run.
The Trojans added to their lead in the bottom of the second as they scored one run on no hits and two errors.
Mount Olive scored another unearned run in the bottom of the third as they took the 3-0 lead with one run on one hit and one error.
Pfeiffer got on board in the top of the fifth inning as they plated two runs to cut into the deficit. With runners on first and second, Summers reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, bringing home Gray who singled earlier in the inning. With John Elwood on third, Allende grounded out to shortstop allowing Elwood to cross the plate for the Falcons second and final run of the game.
With bases loaded and no outs for the Trojans, Justin Manning attempted a sacrifice fly but the runner was thrown out at home, keeping the lead at 3-2. However the next batter Cody Britt doubled to left field to extend the lead to 4-2.
The game’s final run came in the bottom of the eighth as Manning homered to right field to give the Trojans the lead at 5-2.
Tyler Lequire was called to get the start as he picked up his first loss, falling to 2-1 on the season. Lequire pitched six innings and gave up four runs, two of which were earned runs.
Gray paced the Falcons offense as he went 3-for-5 in game two and 5-for-8 with two RBIs on the day.
The Falcons return to action Tuesday, March 18 as they travel to play Newberry in a non-conference matchup. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.