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BELMONT, NC – The Pfeiffer baseball team (10-7, 2-1 CC) swept a doubleheader at Belmont Abbey (7-12, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon to reach the double-digit win mark overall. Keith Little dominated the Crusaders in game one, striking out 10 batters in six scoreless innings as Pfeiffer took the opener, 1-0. The Falcons broke out the bats in game two, winning by a final score of 8-6.
Little allowed five hits and walked one batter in his six innings of work to improve to 2-1 on the season. Kyle Hackney picked up his second save of the year by pitching a perfect seventh inning.
Pfeiffer struck for the lone run of the contest in the top of the sixth inning. Tyler Summers led off the frame with a double to right field and Anthony Allende followed with a RBI double to left, scoring Summers.
That was all the Pfeiffer pitching staff would need as Little and Hackney combined for the team’s third shutout of the year.
The bats erupted in the second game as the two squads combined for 14 runs and 21 hits. Pfeiffer staked itself to an 8-0 lead before the Crusaders made it interesting by scoring six unanswered runs.
The big rally came in the top of the third inning as the Falcons plated four runs. Summers hit a three-run homer to left field and Allende followed with a bomb over the left field fence to give the Falcons a 5-0 cushion.
Pfeiffer would tack on three more in the top of the fifth on RBI base hits from Tanner Mathis and Zach Chilton and a sacrifice fly from Cody McKenzie.
Up 8-0, starting pitcher and reigning Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week, Tyler Lequire looked to be on cruise control. However, after allowing a lone run in the fifth, he ran into trouble in the bottom of the 7th when three runs crossed the plate on three hits.
Lequire started the eighth inning but recorded only one out before giving up a two-RBI base hit to Jon Pilla. Dylan Norris was summoned from the bullpen to get the game’s final five outs and the righty allowed only one hit to close out the game.
The number three and four hitters, Summers and Allende, combined to go 4-for-9 with five runs scored and four RBI’s in game two. Summers is currently hitting a team-high .338 on the season and has hit safely in 10 straight games.
Shortstop McKenzie knocked in two runs and went 2-for-3.
The Falcons are back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they host Newberry at Joe Ferebee Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.