Baseball Walks Away With a Doubleheader Sweep to End Conference Play
April 12, 2014
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team captured a pair of games in Saturday’s doubleheader against conference foe Barton as they won 7-6 in game one and 14-3 in game two. The Falcons improve to 26-17, 13-7 CC while the Bulldogs fall to 14-26, 7-11 CC.
Game one of the doubleheader took off much like Friday’s game with Barton taking the early edge against Pfeiffer.
The Bulldogs rattled the Falcons in the early going of game one in Saturday’s doubleheader as they put together four unanswered runs in the first three innings. Barton’s four run rout was capped off by a two run shot off the bat of Andrew Webster.
Despite the early hole, Pfeiffer rallied to turn the game around in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the first two batters reached safely, the Falcons reached into their pocket to pull out a double steal. The throw down to third was off the mark and went sailing into the outfield as Cole McGraw jumped up and raced across the plate for Pfeiffer’s first run of the ball game. Next batter, Dylan Goodman, singled up the middle to bring home Tyler Summers to cut into the lead 4-2. With runners on first and second, Dalton Lindley seized advantage of the rattled pitcher as he clobbered a three-run homerun over the left center wall to take the 5-4 lead.
After giving up the lead, Barton settled down and reclaimed the lead off of Webster’s two run homerun over left center. The homerun was Webster’s second of the game.
Pfeiffer tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Summers grounded out to second base bringing home Jon Gray from third.
The Falcons sealed the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with clutch base running and patience at the plate. After Gray walked on six pitches, he stole second as he was called safe on a close play at the bag. McGraw then hit a sharp ground ball back to the pitcher as Gray was caught in a rundown, allowing McGraw to advance to second base. After walking Matt Wade to load the bases, Duncan Everett then walked Goodman to bring home the game winning run in McGraw.
Hunter Jobe was called from the pen in the sixth inning as he pitched two innings giving up one hit and sitting two batters down on strikes. The outing was good enough to pick up the win for Jobe as he improves to 7-2 on the season.
The Falcons were paced offensively by Lindley who went 2-for-3 with one homerun and three RBIs. Goodman also contributed two RBIs as he finished 1-for-3 in game one.
Game two belonged to Pfeiffer as they shot out to the races early in the first inning.
With McGraw on third and two outs, Anthony Allende put the Falcons on the board with a single straight back up the middle for the 1-0 lead. Wade then doubled to left center setting up Goodman for a two RBI single to right field.
Barton retaliated in the top of the third as they scored two runs on two hits. Tyler Lequire shut the door on the Bulldogs as he struck out Jacob Willis to end the inning.
Pfeiffer earned a run back in the bottom of the third as Wade hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing home Summers to stretch the lead to two.
The Falcons put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth as they crossed the plate for four runs. Pfeiffer began the fourth inning rout with back-to-back singles from Kyle Hackney and Kevin Price. Gray then roped a double down the left field line to bring home Hackney and put Price on third. After McGraw walked, Summers was plunked in the elbow by a pitch, bringing home Price from third and extending the lead to four. The final two runs in the inning came off back-to-back bases loaded walks as Allende and Wade showed real patience at the plate bringing home one run each.
Pfeiffer tacked on two more runs on two hits and two Bulldog errors in the bottom of the fifth as they took the commanding 10-2 lead.
Barton scored one final run in the top of the seventh when Andrew Webster singled up the middle to advance their run total to three.
The Falcons added insult to injury in the bottom of the eighth inning to slam the door completely shut on the Bulldogs. After a walk and a hit batsman, Hackney singled through the left side bringing home Goodman from second. After loading the bases, Gray popped a sacrifice fly to center field bringing home Lindley. With the bases loaded and two outs, Summers stepped up to the plate and watched the ball fly off his bat as he connected on a double to right center, bringing home Price and Hackney.
Lequire improved to 4-1 as he pitched eight complete innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out four batters.
Pfeiffer was led offensively by the senior third baseman Summers as he went 2-for-4 with three runs-batted-in. The Falcons saw five other batters enter the two hit column as Gray, McGraw, Goodman, Hackney, and Price combined a 10-for-23 with six RBIs.
The Falcons will return to action Tuesday, April 15 as they travel to Newberry, S.C. where they will take on the Newberry Wolves at 6:00 p.m.