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GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team split a doubleheader against conference foe Limestone today on a sunny, Saturday afternoon in Gaffney. The Falcons topped Limestone in game one by a final score of 7-1 and dropped the second contest 8-7 in 11 innings. With the split, Pfeiffer advances to 24-15, 11-6 CC while Limestone moves to 19-20, 8-7 CC.
Pfeiffer took the early lead in the top of the second inning as Kyle Hackney clobbered a two-run shot to left field to put the Falcons up 2-0. The homerun was Hackney’s third of the year and second of the series.
Pfeiffer added one more run in the top of the third as Anthony Allende doubled down the left field line to bring in Jon Gray from third.
Limestone grabbed one run back in the bottom of the third as they scored on a fielding error to cut the deficit to just two runs.
Pfeiffer ran away with the game as they scored one run in each of the next four innings.
The lone run in the top of the fourth came off the bat of Kevin Price as he singled to left center, bringing home Dalton Lindley from second base. Dylan Goodman contributed to the offense in the fifth inning as he singled up the middle with Tyler Summers on third base to extend the lead to four runs.
Gray crossed the plate for the second time in the game in the top of the sixth inning after Cole McGraw singled up the middle to extend the lead to 6-1. The final run of the game came in the top of the seventh inning when Price singled to right center to bring Matt Wade home from second base.
Ethan Greene tossed six innings of work as he went on to improve to 6-1 on the season. In his six innings, Greene gave up one unearned run on five hits.
The Falcons were led offensively by Price and Summers who combined 4-for-7 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Game two was a different story for the Falcons, as it would come down to late game heroics to determine the winner.
In the first inning the Saints took the early lead after Chris Scura scored on a wild pitch.
Pfeiffer briefly tied the game at one apiece in the top of the third inning when Allende singled up the middle to bring Gray home from second.
Limestone reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame as they scored two unearned runs on one hit in the inning. The Saints tacked on two more runs after six innings of play to take the 5-1 lead.
The Falcons scored a much-needed run in the top of the eighth inning when Goodman grounded out to second base to bring Allende in from third base.
In the top of the ninth inning Pfeiffer caught fire at the right time as they carried the momentum over from the eighth inning.
After a leadoff double by Gray and a single by Price, McGraw singled to first base to cut the deficit to two runs. After a bunt single by Summers to load the bases, Allende reached on a fielder’s choice as the first baseman went for the lead runner at home and overthrew the catcher to allow two runs to score and tie the game at five apiece. Pfeiffer took the lead with the very next at bat as Wade connected on a ground ball through the left side to bring Summers home from third. Goodman contributed an insurance run with his fielder’s choice that brought home Allende to extend the lead to 7-5.
Dylan Norris was summoned from the pen to try to pick up his twelfth save on the season. Norris set the first guy down swinging. The second batter struck out on a 0-2 count but reached first as the third strike went wildly past Lindley at catcher. Kyle Booth put the pressure on Norris as he made the Falcons pay with a doubled to right center to put runners on second and third with just one out. Austin Marcellus tied the game with one swing as he roped a single right back up the middle, allowing two runs to score. After another single to put runners on the corners, Norris settled down to retire the next two batters and force extra innings.
The Saints won the game in the bottom of the eleventh as a game winning single flew off the bat of Tyler Wood, bringing home Kyle Rivera.
Allende picked up the loss as he falls to 0-1 on the season. Allende pitched one and two-thirds inning giving up one run on the lone hit in the eleventh.
Tyler Lequire received the call to start the game as he pitched five and one-third innings giving up five runs, three earned, on eight hits.
Pfeiffer was led offensively by Allende who went 2-for-6 with two RBIs in the game. Summers finished the day going 4-for-8 with two runs scored.
The Falcons return home Thursday, April 10 as they host non-conference opponent Brevard in a 3:30 p.m. matchup.