BURLINGTON, N.C. – The Pfeiffer baseball team concluded their postseason play on Saturday as they suffered an 11-7 defeat at the hands of Mount Olive. The Trojans came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and they showed just why as they improved their record to 38-11, while the Falcons fall to 26-23 to end the year.
Mount Olive’s stingy offense started the attack in the top of the second inning as they put together three runs on three hits before the first out of the inning was recorded.
Pfeiffer did not falter however, as they were successful in plating two runs of their own in the home half of the frame. Dalton Lindley started off the bottom of the second with a lead off homerun on a 1-1 count. After John Elwood doubled with one out, Kevin Price knocked him home with an RBI single through the right side to bring the Falcons to within one.
Pfeiffer tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth when they scored one run on two Trojan errors and no hits.
When momentum seemed to favor the Falcons, Mount Olive reclaimed the lead for good in the top of the fourth when Reitano belted a two-run homerun over the left center wall. The Trojans tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth when Allen blasted a two-run homerun of his own to claim the 7-3 lead.
Pfeiffer cut the lead into two following a Matt Wade single that brought Jon Gray and Tyler Summers home from second and third.
The Falcons would not pull any closer as Mount Olive stretched the lead further, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh for the 10-5 lead.
Pfeiffer scored their final runs of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning when Brandall Peters scored from third on a wild pitch to bring the Falcons to within five. Pfeiffer etched one run closer when Price singled to right field to bring home Dylan Goodman for the team’s final run.
Tyler Lequire was given the task of shutting down the high-powered Trojan offense. Lequire picked up the loss, tossing six innings of work and giving up seven runs on seven hits.
Price led the Falcon offense as he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Lindley also finished the game 3-for-5 with one RBI as that run came off his solo blast in the second inning.