Pitching Dominates as Softball Wraps Up Regular Season With Sweep of Belmont Abbey
April 23, 2014
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MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer softball team ended the regular season on the right note as they were successful in sweeping the doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against Belmont Abbey. The Falcons claimed the first game 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel. The second game also favored Pfeiffer as they came out victorious by a score of 5-1. With the sweep, the Falcons finished the regular season 17-23-1, 7-8-1 CC and were able to surpass Barton for the No. 6 seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament. With the loss, the Crusaders fell to 9-36, 3-13 CC and slipped out of eighth place in the conference.
Game one consisted of strong pitching on both sides of the ball. The first hit of the game came in the top of the third inning as Belmont Abbey’s Amber Faust singled up the middle. After conceding another single with one out, Sam Jarmusch settled down to record two straight outs to preserve the scoreless tie.
The Falcons first hit came in the bottom of the third as Emily Workman singled to left field. However, Pfeiffer was unable to bring her in from second with two outs.
The Crusaders threatened in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners and two away. Jarmusch was able to record the crucial final out of the inning.
After the Crusaders were set down in order, the Falcons needed just two at bats to secure the win. Rachel Crowder was walked on an illegal pitch on ball three to put the first runner on base. Khristin Isley came in to pinch run, as Julie Bullington stepped up to the plate. The move paid off when Bullington roped a double into the gap in right field, as Isley turned on the speed to score from first.
Jarmusch picthed a complete game shutout, going seven innings and striking out five batters while surrendering just four hits. With the win, Jarmusch improves to 7-11 to conclude the regular season.
Bullington led Pfeiffer offensively going 1-for-3, with her one hit being the crucial factor in the win.
The offense appeared quicker in game two, as the Falcons were successful in pushing across the game’s first run in the second inning. The run came off the bat of Rebecca Foil as she sent the ball right back up the middle, scoring Crowder from third.
The Crusaders were quick to retaliate as they scored one run on two hits in the top of the third, to knot the game at one apiece.
Pfeiffer reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning when Foil singled down the left field line, bringing home Jaclyn Boever from second.
The Falcons were able to add insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners and one out, Lindsey Russell hit a sharp line drive to bring Hannah Jackson across the plate. After a walk to load the bases, Bullington grounded into a fielder’s choice, which allowed Celia Dew to score from third. Russell was able to score on the play as the throw to first went wide.
With the 5-1 lead in hand, Sydney Poole set down the next six batters to claim the final regular season game.
Poole pitched a complete game, giving up one run on just two hits. With the win, the freshman finished her first year with a 7-9 record. Poole needed just 60 pitches to get through seven innings of work and threw 46 of those pitches for strikes.
Foil paced the Falcons, going 3-for-3 in game two, and adding two RBIs.
Pfeiffer will return to action Friday, April 25 as they will open up the conference tournament against No. 3 seed North Greenville at 11:00 a.m.