King drops pair of pitcher's duels at Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University softball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon, taking on Pfeiffer University in a doubleheader. The teams played a pair of pitcher's duels, but the Tornado came up on the short end of both. The Falcons took game on 2-1 with a sixth inning run before winning the nightcap 1-0.

In game one it was King's Hannah Light and Pfeiffer's Sam Jarmusch who matched up in the circle. Light faced some trouble in the first inning as the Falcons (9-11, 2-2 CC) loaded the bases. However, the senior induced a flyout to escape the threat and keep the game scoreless.

Pfeiffer broke through in the third, however as Sadie Saine ripped a one-out double, and later scored on an error to give the Falcons the lead. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for the Tornado (12-19, 1-3 CC) to respond. Cassie Ringstaff led off the top of the fourth inning with a single. She then stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball. Octavia Lewis-Rand scored her with a sacrifice fly to even the score at 1-1.

The score remained the same as both pitchers continued to deal until the sixth inning. Julie Burlington drew a walk to start the bottom of the inning for Pfeiffer and was pinch run for by Lexie Brock. After she was sacrificed to second, Jaclyn Boever laced a single to right field to score her and give the Falcons the lead.

Amber Walker tried to spark the Tornado offense in the top of the seventh with a one-out single to left field. She advanced to second on a wild pitch before Morgan Lowe singled to left, putting runners on the corners. Samantha Cole worked a walk to load the bases, but Jarmusch induced a pair of pop outs to escape the inning and give Pfeiffer the win.

Light tossed the complete game, allowing two runs, one earned on four hits. For Pfeiffer, Jarmusch allowed just the one unearned run on five hits.

Ringstaff led the King offense, going 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot, and scoring King's lone run. Walker, Lowe and College registered King's other three hits.

It was more of the same in game two as Light squared off with Pfeiffer pitcher Sydney Poole. Both pitchers put up zeroes in the early innings, and King registered the best scoring chance in the third inning. Tori McComas tried to spark a one-out rally with a single down the right field line. After a fielder's choice, Lewis-Rand reached on a bunt single to put runners on the corners. However, Poole induced a groundout to escape the game.

Boever ignited the Falcon offense in the fifth with a leadoff double, but it looked as though Light too would escape the jam. The Coeburn, Va., native got back-to-back outs before Hannah Jackson singled up the middle to score Boever and give Pfeiffer the 1-0 lead.

That was all Poole needed as she retired the final 10 batters she faced in the victory. She allowed four hits in seven innings while Light allowed only the one run on five hits in six innings.

Lewis-Rand, Lowe, McComas and Fallon Thomas accounted for King's four hits in the contest.

King will be in action again on Friday when they host Bloomsburg University. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.