Tornado drop pair at Pfeiffer

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – In their final Conference Carolinas series of the year, the King University baseball dropped a pair at Pfeiffer University. The Falcons took game one 9-7 before winning the nightcap 9-4.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Pfeiffer 9, King 7; Pfeiffer 9, King 4
LOCATION: Joe Ferebee Field; Misenheimer, N.C.
RECORDS: King 19-26, 9-17 Conference Carolinas; Pfeiffer 21-24, 11-15 Conference Carolinas

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Braden Cook led the way for the Tornado, going 4-for-8 on the day with a home run.
  • Anthony Hunt and Ryan Sattz drove in three runs apiece with Sattz connecting on a home run.
  • Dylan Sligh also had four hits on the day, going 4-for-8 on the day.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • King had the first scoring chance in the second inning when they loaded the bases, but the Falcons got out of the jam to keep the game scoreless.
  • Pfeiffer opened the scoring in the third inning with a pair of run scoring doubles from Derek Perry and Zach Scudder to take a 2-0 lead.
  • The Falcons extended their lead to 7-0 with five runs in the fifth inning, two coming on a Xavier Rodriguez home run.
  • Anthony Hunt got the Tornado on the board in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run single down the left field line, cutting the King deficit to 7-2.
  • The Falcons got those two runs back in the sixth inning with a pair of hits from Jordan Eckard and Scudder, taking a 9-2 lead.
  • Braden Cook tried to get the Tornado offense going in the eighth inning with a home run. Ryan Sattz later laced a three-run home run, cutting the Tornado deficit to 9-7 going to the ninth inning.
  • However, the Tornado couldn't get any closer in the ninth as Pfeiffer took the game 9-7.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Drew Wilson (4-6) 7-1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
Save: Rodriguez (6) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Octavio Mirabal (7-5) 4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • The nightcap was pitcher's duel through the first couple innings until the Falcons played five runs in the third inning. Pfeiffer got a pair of RBI doubles and Andrew Toney gave Pfeiffer a 5-0 lead with a two-run home run.
  • The Falcons added two runs in the fourth inning, one on an Eckard sacrifice fly and another on a Scudder single, extending their lead to 7-0.
  • King threatened in the fifth inning with back-to-back two-out singles from Cook and Preston Douglas. But that was it as the Falcons got out of the inning.
  • Following a rain delay, Sattz and Dylan Sligh started a rally in the sixth inning. Austin Dayton Drove in one and Anthony Hunt drove in another, cutting the King deficit to 7-2.
  • However, the Falcons answered with two runs on a double from Tanner Mathis to extend the lead back to 9-2.
  • In the seventh, King put runners on second and third following a Sattz double before scoring a pair of runs on wild pitches to cut the deficit to 9-4.
  • However, that was all the Tornado would get as Pfeiffer took the contest 9-4.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Jordan Toney (5-8) 5.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Losing Pitcher: Mark Hendricks (3-6) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Perry went 2-for-4 in game one with three runs scored while Eckard went 2-for-4 with two runs batted.
  • Eckard then posted two hits and drove in two in the second game.
  • Scudder posted five hits on the day and drove in four.

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  • The Conference Carolinas series concludes on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
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