Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Sophomore Kiana Millsaps tossed a perfect game as the No. 14 Falcons (24-2, 4-0 CC) ran its winning streak to eight with a sweep of Mount Olive (12-20, 2-2) on Thursday afternoon at Jack Ingram Field.
Millsaps' perfect game came in game two of the doubleheader, an 8-0 five inning victory for the Falcons. Millsaps came in as a reliever in game one and retired five batters without allowing a hit before setting down all 15 batters in game two. In the doubleheader, the righty tossed 6.2 no-hit innings and struck out six batters. She earned a pair of wins to improve to 4-0 on the season.
In game one, Mount Olive scored once in the top of the first before Pfeiffer struck for three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Trojans evened the score in the top of the second and surged ahead 6-3 with a three-run top of the third inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Chandler Walker had an RBI single and Abi Peck brought home a pair to even the game at six.
The pitchers settled in and neither team would score of the next 4-and-a-half innings. In the top of the seventh, Mount Olive put two runners on base with one out before head coach Monte Sherrill called on Millsaps in relief of Kaitlin MacMillian. Millsaps retired the two batters she faced but Pfeiffer was unable to win the game in the bottom of the inning.
With a runner placed at second to start the eighth, the leadoff batter reached on a fielder's choice to put two one with no out. Millsaps dialed in and struck out the side to set up a game-winning rally.
With runners on second and third and one out, Stephanie Fortner put down a perfect bunt as the Falcons executed a suicide squeeze and Kaleigh Troutman slid past the catcher's tag to earn the walk off win.
Millsaps dominated game two, striking out three batters and retiring all 15 hitters she faced. Makenzie Pennell had four RBI's and Millsaps added two runs batted in. Walker finished 2-for-2 with a run scored and Vada Blue Sherrill scored twice. The Falcons scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to secure the historic outing for Millsaps.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Saturday as they host Converse in Conference Carolinas action. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.