Softball Splits with Limestone on Senior Day
March 30, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - With three seniors in the starting lineup and a senior day celebration on deck, the Pfeiffer University softball team set their sights on defeating one of Conference Carolinas' top squads. A dominant performance by the Falcons in game one fell just short of pay dirt as the home team fell 3-2, however Pfeiffer more than made up for it in game two with an impressive 1-0 defeat of the visiting Saints. With the day's results, Pfeiffer is now 11-16 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Limestone's season record shifts to 20-14 and 5-3 in conference competition.
Game one was all Pfeiffer, shutting out the Saints through six full innings and picking up two runs of their own along the way. The Falcons wasted absolutely no time putting points on the board, notching their first run in the bottom of the first frame. With runners on first and second and looking at only one out, junior Lindsey Russell stepped to the plate for the home team. Russell knocked a monster double up the middle of the field, scoring junior Sadie Saine who was waiting patiently at second base, and picking up an RBI. Russell finished game one with one hit and one RBI on three trips to the plate. The Falcons picked up run number two just two innings later in the bottom of the third. With Russell reaching first on a fielder's choice, freshman Rachel Crowder crushed a double to right center field giving Russell just enough time to score the Falcons second tally of the game. Both teams battled throughout the next three innings, but neither squad was able to find the magic scoring combination. Handing Limestone two outs to start the seventh, it looked as if Pfeiffer had the game in the bag. But only a few batters later with the bases loaded for the visiting team, Limestone's Bailie Maybry sent a triple down the right field line, scoring each base runner and giving her team the lead for good, 3-2.
Redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch picked up the pitching loss for the Falcons, falling to 5-6 on the season and adding three strikeouts. Limestone's Kelly Shearer was credited with the win, improving to 12-5. Leading the way offensively in game one for the Falcons were Saine and Crowder who had two hits apiece, while Russell and Crowder each added doubles. Russell now leads the team with eight doubles for the season.
Game two was a defensive battle, with Jarmusch getting the pitching nod for the second straight game. With the game scoreless through six and a half innings, the bottom of the seventh would prove to be Pfeiffer's coup de main. Sophomore Jaclyn Boever got the hitting started for Falcons in the seventh with a base-hit up the middle. Head Coach Chris Vullo brought in sophomore Summer Pope to hit for junior Rebecca Foil for Pfeiffer's next at-bat. Pope made the most of the opportunity, knocking a base-hit right back to the middle of the field. With runners on first and second, senior Emily Workman bunted for a single, loading the bases for the home team and setting up senior Hannah Jackson to capture a heroic finish. Jackson settled into the batter's box, and finding just the right ball coming across the plate, smacked a walk-off single up the middle, scoring Boever from third and clinching the victory for her team. The pitching victory was credited to freshman Sydney Poole who was brought in to relieve Jarmusch in the seventh. Poole improves to 4-7 in her first collegiate season. The loss goes to Limestone's Taylor Wigmore who falls to 5-4 on the season.
Pfeiffer returns to action on April 1st when they travel to Winston-Salem for a doubleheader with Winston-Salem State. Game one is set for a 4:30 p.m. start.