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Dahlonega, GA - The Pfeiffer baseball team split a doubleheader against North Georgia, losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second contest, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons are now 5-3 after dropping two consecutive one-run losses prior to their one-run victory.
In game one, Pfeiffer jumped out to a quick lead after just two batters. Jon Gray led off the game with a double and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Cody McKenzie then knocked Gray in with a single to left field.
Trailing 1-0 going in to the bottom of the second inning, the Nighthawks strung together three unearned runs after consecutive two-out errors by Pfeiffer. However, the game was far from over.
In the third inning, the Falcons were able to draw two walks followed by Tyler Summers’s single to load the bases. Matt Wade then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring the Falcons within one.
The top of the fourth started off with a strike out and a ground out. However, back-to-back singles by Kevin Price and Gray set up another RBI single from McKenzie to tie the game at three apiece.
The Nighthawks took advantage of back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the fourth to reclaim the lead 4-3, a lead they would never relinquish. Pfeiffer faced tough pitching for the remainder of the game, as they would only reach base safely two more times.
Keith Little received the call on the mound as he gave up three unearned runs over two and two-thirds inning. Josh Branch came in for relief, pitching five and a third innings and allowing one earned run on four hits, giving him his first loss on the season. McKenzie, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s, paced the way offensively for the Falcons.
In game two it was North Georgia who took the early lead with Joey Cecere hitting a double to knock in Cameron Crawford to take the early lead 1-0.
The Falcons would respond in the very next frame as Kevin Price reached base with a single and Gray reached on a two out error. With runners on first and second, McKenzie hit a single through the right side to knock in the Falcons first run of the game, McKenzie’s third RBI on the day.
Both teams stalled offensively as there was not another run until the top of the eighth inning. Gray stepped up to the plate to lead off the inning and it only took him three pitches before untying the game as he belted a home run to take the lead 2-1.
North Georgia would threaten for a run in both the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second and only one out. Hunter Jobe did not give in as he retired the next two batters to strand the runners.
Closer Dylan Norris was called upon to get the final three outs. After getting the first batter to fly out, Norris gave up a double down the left field line to set up a dramatic ending. The next batter grounded out to second base, advancing the tying run to third. With a 2-2 count, Norris got the final batter to pop up to shortstop to earn his third save on the season and secure the win for the Falcons.
Tyler Lequire received the start for Pfeiffer in game two as he went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. Jobe came in to pitch two innings earning his first win on the season.
Gray paced the way in game two as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and the game winning RBI. McKenzie went on to hit 3-for-6 on the day with three runs batted in and recorded at least one RBI in each game of the three game series.
Pfeiffer will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 18 as they travel to Catawba. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m.