|Baseball Loses Two to North Georgia|
|Wednesday, 14 March 2007|
|Dahlonega, GA---Pfeifer lost a two-game series to North Georgia in non-conference baseball. In game one, on Tuesday, the Falcons lost 5-3. On Wednesday North Georgia won 12-6. Pfeiffer falls to 13-14 while North Georgia improves to 11-11. |
The North Georgia came out and put runners on in the first inning on walks by Airich and Kevin Morrison. Justin Rickett came to the plate with two out and looped a single to right field, but the right-fielder gunned Airich down at the plate to end the opening inning.
Pfeiffer had a scoring chance in the third with two on and only one out and the bases loaded with two out, but Caleb Copeland struck out Hayes Hinson to end the inning and leave the bases jammed.
In the Saints half of the third, a lead off walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with no outs for Josh Tate who connected on a fastball and sent it right back up the middle to plate Daniel Petitti and give the home team an early 1-0 lead. Morrison followed and ran the count full before taking a pitch in the dirt to plate Craig Brisson for a 2-0 advantage. Rickett then singled through the left side and Anders Oster hit a sacrifice fly to deep right to score Tate and put a four spot in the saints third inning.
Pfeiffer came right back out in the fourth and loaded the bases with no outs and Ryan brown grounded into a routine double-play to score the Falcons first run of the game and make it 4-1. Ryan Harju took a two out payoff pitch through the right side to score Emmanuel Turner and pull his team to within a pair at 4-2. The Falcons added another run in the eighth but fell short in game one of the series.
The Saints jumped on the board in the first inning when Kevin Morrison picked up his 12th RBI of the season on ground-out to score Craig Brisson for a 1-0 lead. Anders Oster led of the second with line drive that bounced off the right field wall for a stand-up double and after Creston Warner walked Daniel Petitti rolled a single through the middle to plate Oster and give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
Pfeiffer cut the Saints lead in half in the third inning when Ryan Harju took a Don Brice pitch and lined it into left to score Tyler Smith for the Falcons first run of the game. In the bottom half of the inning, the Saints put two on with no outs before Morrison hit a double to left-center to plate Andre Airich and Tate for a 4-1 advantage.
The Falcons answered again when Daniel Brown delivered a two out single to score Hayes Hinson and make it a 4-2 game in the fourth. In the last of the fourth, the Saints loaded the bases with no outs on a lead-off walk Creston Warner and back-to-back bunt singles by Petitti and Brisson. Airich stepped to the plate and grounded a single through the left side to plate Warner, Tate hit a sacrifice to right, and Morrison singled to plate the third run of the inning for a 7-2 lead.
Pfeiffer cut into saints lead again in the fifth when Kyle Pugh and Justin Ridenhour both delivered two out RBI singles to pull the Falcons within three runs at 7-4. Oster led off the bottom of the fifth with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Warner brought the runner home on a groundout to the left side to give the Saints an 8-4 lead. Rickett would provide an RBI single to bring Tate to the plate in the sixth and extend the Saints lead to five runs.
Warner broke out of a slump in the seventh with a lead-off double and was brought home on a groundout by Brisson for a 10-5 lead. Tate added to his big day with single to score the Saints 11th run of the game. Pfeiffer would add runs in the seventh and eighth, and Warner added another RBI for the Saints in their last at-bat for a 12-6 win.