Saturday, April 12, 2014

DUE WEST, S.C. - Despite a nine-hit effort in the first game, the Pfeiffer softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to conference foe Erskine Saturday afternoon.  The loss extends the Falcons losing skid to four, and drops their overall season records to 15-21-1, and 5-6-1 in Conference Carolinas play.  With the wins, Erskine evens their overall record at 17-17 and improves to 8-4 in conference action.  The Flying Fleet have now one six in a row.

Game one was a battle from the word go, with the matchup scoreless through two and a half innings.  The Flying Fleet found the scoreboard first, picking up the first tally of the afternoon in the bottom of the third.  Stellar pitching by redshirt-sophomore Sam Jarmusch and an outstanding team defensive effort would keep the Falcons in game one, with the next two innings scoreless for both squads.  Pfeiffer would even things up in the top of the sixth when sophomore Jessica Jackson smacked an RBI single scoring senior Celia Dew from third.  Dew picked up a base hit to start the inning for the Falcons and then advanced to second base on a single by junior Lindsey Russell.  Freshman Rachel Crowder would fly out to left field on the very next at-bat, advancing Dew to third and setting the stage for the team's only run.

Erskine would benefit from a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh to break the tie and seize the win in game one.  Jackson and junior Emily Workman led the way for the Falcons, contributing two hits apiece in the nine-hit effort.  Pfeiffer out-hit the home team in the contest, 9-5 and left eight runners on base.  The pitching loss was credited to Jarmusch who falls to 6-10 despite throwing four strikeouts.  Danica Newton took the win for Erskine improving to 8-9 on the season.

Game two was all Erskine, with the Flying Fleet putting Pfeiffer in a hole early with two runs in the first and three runs apiece in the second and third frames.  The Falcons tried to battle back towards the end of the matchup, putting up single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings.  The damage had been done however, and Erskine claimed the victory 8-2.  Offensively the Falcons got hits from Russell, senior Hannah Jackson, and junior Sadie Saine in the second game, with the pitching loss going to freshman Sydney Poole (6-8).  Candace Fitch picked up the win on the mound for Erskine.

Pfeiffer returns to action on April 15th when they host Belmont Abbey for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader.  The matchup will be the last regular season home slate for the Falcons with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 2:00 p.m.