MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Falcons concluded the Northeast Challenge by finishing 3-1 for the tournament, including a thrilling 1-0 victory over No. 12 Franklin Pierce in 14 innings.
The Falcons first game was against Southern New Hampshire where the Falcons plated across one run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead. The next two innings Pfeiffer scored eight runs combined to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Pfeiffer went on to win the first contest by a final of 9-0. Ethan Greene got the start on the mound and responded with a complete game shutout.
The second day of the tournament Pfeiffer played a doubleheader against Stonehill and Franklin Pierce.
In game one, it was Pfeiffer who came out victorious against Stonehill by a final score of 2-1. Stonehill struck first in the top of the sixth but Pfeiffer responded in the bottom of the frame to plate their own run to tie up the game at one apiece.
It was not until the bottom of the eighth that the tie was broken as Tyler Summers led off with his first triple of the season. Eventually the bases were loaded with one out before the run game-winning run crossed the plate. Tyler Summers walked across the plate on a balk.
Hunter Jobe was credited with his second win on the season as Kyle Hackney came in for relief in the top of the ninth for his first save on the season.
The second game of the doubleheader proved to be a true pitchers’ duel as Pfeiffer went on to win 1-0 in 14 innings against No. 12 Franklin Pierce.
Tyler Lequire received the call on the mound for the Falcons as he pitched nine shutout innings and gave up two hits with nine strikeouts.
The winning run came in the top of the 14th inning as Izzy Perez hit a sacrifice fly to center field with bases loaded to plate across the games only run.
Hunter Jobe came in to pitch four innings of relief and gave up just one hit to pick up his third win of the season, and second of the tournament.
Dylan Norris was called from the bullpen for the save as he pitched a complete inning and struck out two batters to earn his fourth save on the season.
The final game of the tournament went in to extra innings as Merrimack defeated the Falcons by a score of 4-3 in ten innings.
Pfeiffer saw themselves down early by a score of 3-1 going in to the bottom of the third inning before Kyle Hackney crushed a double to plate two runs and tie the game until the top of the tenth inning.
Josh Branch started the game for the Falcons as he pitched five innings and gave up three runs, two unearned.
Dylan Norris was credited with the loss as he gave up the game-winning run in the top of the tenth inning for his first loss on the season.
Pfeiffer returns to action Friday, Feb. 28 as they travel to Belmont Abbey for their conference opener. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.