Falcon Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader, Series at Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C. (March 11, 2019) – The Pfeiffer University baseball team earned a USA South series sweep over Greensboro with two wins at Ted Leonard Park on Monday afternoon.
Game 1 - Pfeiffer def. Greensboro, 9-7
Game 2 – Pfeiffer def. Greensboro, 15-2 (7 innings)
Pfeiffer - 9-3, 4-2 USA South
Greensboro – 2-8, 2-3 USA South
Location – Greensboro, N.C. – Ted Leonard Park
The Basics – Game 1
The Falcons put up three runs in the first and four in the seventh and held on in the ninth to take the 9-7 conference win.
Chaston Gordon kept his hot streak alive with a two-RBI single in the first inning, driving in Hayden McGraw and Kirby Lambert. McGraw reached on a single while Lambert doubled through the right side. Bryce Marsh would score the third Falcon run of the frame on a fielding error.
Pfeiffer scored another run in the third, this time off a bases loaded groundout from Zach Ferrell. Greensboro put three on the board on their half of the third inning, to cut the lead to 4-3, but Pfeiffer scored again in the fourth inning, this time coming on a Kirby Lambert single up the middle that brought home McGraw.
After Greensboro made it 5-4 with a run in the sixth, the Falcon offense plated four runs in the seventh. Bryan Kowalski supplied an RBI double and McGraw drove in two with a single up the middle. Striplin would then rip a double and McGraw would score on an error, making it 9-4.
Greensboro then scored three in their half of the ninth inning, but Cameron Reid would gain the final out of the game as Pfeiffer claimed the 9-7 win.
Key Stats – Game 1
Mason Striplin – 3-of-6, double, RBI, run scored, stolen base
Hayden McGraw – 1-of-4, two RBI, two runs scored
Kirby Lambert – 2-of-5, double, RBI, run scored, stolen base
Bryce Marsh – 3-of-4, double, two runs scored
Will Altemueller – pitching win, 3.0 IP, one strikeout
The Basics – Game 2
The Falcons started game two with a bang, scoring six runs in the first inning and never looked back, taking the 15-2 win in game two.
Pfeiffer led off the game with a single from Hayden McGraw. McGraw would advance to second on a passed ball and to third base when Mason Striplin singled, putting runners at the corners. Kirby Lambert would then knock a double to left center, driving both Striplin and McGraw home, making it 2-0. After Chaston Gordon walked, Bryce Marsh would single to left field and load the bases. A Blake Winebarger single drove in Lambert, making it 3-0. A sacrifice fly from Zach Ferrell made it 4-0 and then Bryan Kowalski singled, loading the bases again. McGraw would then lace a two-run double down the right field line, pushing the lead to 6-0. All told, the Falcons ripped the Pride for seven hits in the opening frame.
Pfeiffer got two more runs in the third inning pushing the lead to 9-2. Lambert started the inning with a triple to right center and would score on a Chaston Gordon groundout. Marsh then came up and lifted a homer, his third of the season.
The Falcon lead would swell to 10-2 in the fourth, as Pfeiffer pushed across two more runs thanks to an RBI single from Lambert and an RBI sacrifice fly from Marsh.
Pfeiffer added five more runs in the seventh inning, making it 15-2. In the frame, Marsh supplied a two-RBI single to bring the lead to 12-2. Not to be outdone, Ira Dorin stroked a two-run double, scoring Marsh and Gantt while Kowalski got into the action as he doubled, driving in Dorin to cap the scoring at 15-2. The Falcons then held steady in the seventh, taking the win by the run-rule.
Matt Moser got the pitching win for the Falcons, improving to 2-0 on the season. He threw 5.0 innings and allowed just four hits and struck out three. Grayson Huneycutt got two innings of work, giving up two hits while striking out one.
Key Stats – Game Two
Hayden McGraw – 3-of-5, double, two RBI, run scored
Kirby Lambert – 4-of-4, double, triple, three RBI, four runs scored
Bryce Marsh – 3-of-4, home run, four RBI, three runs scored
Ira Dorin – 2-of-5, two doubles, two RBI
Matt Moser – pitching win (2-0), 5.0 IP, four hits allowed, two runs allowed, three strikeouts
Pfeiffer will entertain St. Andrews on Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.