Pfeiffer Baseball Advances to ECAC Title Game with 10-2 Win Over Wilson
Erie, Pa. (May 18, 2019) – In the first semifinal of the 2019 ECAC Baseball Championship on Saturday afternoon, top-seeded Pfeiffer University defeated fourth-seeded Wilson College, 10-2, to advance to the championship game. The Falcons improved to 29-8 on the season while Wilson ended its 2019 campaign at 21-12.
Starting pitcher junior Nick Richmond (Reidsville, N.C.) went the distance as he threw his first complete game while picked up his seventh win. He allowed just two hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk while striking out 15.
Pfeiffer got on the board early in the bottom of the first as it used three hits and an error to plate a pair of runs. Freshman Zach Ferrell (Apex, N.C.) reached first on error and was able to take second on the play. A single down the left field line by senior Mason Striplin (Kernersville, N.C) allowed Ferrell to take third. Ferrell later scored on a sac-fly to center by freshman Bryce Marash (Asheboro, N.C) to make it, 1-0. Striplin attempted to steal second but was gunned down by the catcher for the second out. With two down, senior Kirby Lambert (Robbins, N.C.) kept the inning going as he singled down the left field line and later came around to score on a double to right center by senior Chaston Gordon (Riverview, Fla.).
The Falcons added to their lead off two walks, a hit and a hit by pitch in the bottom of the second to make it, 4-0. A one out walk by sophomore Kyler Fairchild (Taylorsville, N.C.) got everything rolling. He was able to move up 90-feet off a wild pitch and then took third off a bunt single by junior Bryan Kowalski (Oviedo, Fla.) to put runners on the corners. Ferrell drew a walk to load the bases, then Striplin was hit by a pitch to push Fairchild across the plate to make it, 3-0. With the bases still loaded, Marsh plated Kowalski with his second sac-fly in back-to-back innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pfeiffer used back-to-back walks from Kowalski and Ferrell, and a single to right by Striplin loaded the bases. Marsh was hit by a pitch to drive in his third run of the day that allowed Kowalski to score and keep the bases loaded. Lambert's double down the right field line allowed Ferrell and Striplin to score to push the lead to, 7-0.
After being hitless and not having a base runner of any kind for the first four innings, Wilson's freshman Colin Reinhart (Boonsboro, Md.) was able to break up the perfect game as he singled to left in the top of the fifth. An error by the Falcon's second baseman allowed junior James Husar (Oxford, Conn.) to reach first and put Reinhart on third then a walk by Freshman Eric Holz (Williamsport, Pa.) loaded the bases with no outs. A groundout to the shortstop by freshman Connor Martin (Warner Robins, Ga.) allowed Reinhart to cross the plate and advance the other two runners 90-feet. After a strikeout, Husar was able to score off a wild pitch to make it, 7-2.
Pfeiffer added another run in the bottom of the sixth to push its lead to six. With two outs, back-to-back doubles from freshman Blake Weinbarger (Yadkinville, N.C.) and junior Ira Dorin (Lithia Springs, Ga.) pushed the lead to, 8-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Falcons plated two more runs to push their lead to, 10-2. They used a walk, a double, a single and a sac-fly to plate a pair of runs before the frame ended.
Pfeiffer's Lambert paced all hitters as he finished the day going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Teammates Gordon and Dorin each tallied a pair of doubles while Marsh drove in three runs to pace all hitters.
Reinhart finished the day going 1-for-4 with a run scored for Wilson. Freshman right-hander Derek Ivey (Fairfield, Pa.) took the loss to fall to 3-2 on the season. He scattered four hits over three innings of work while allowing five runs.
Pfeiffer will face either Grove City College/Penn State Behrend in the Championship on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.