Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
WILSON, N.C. - The No. 15 Pfeiffer softball team (20-2, 2-0) swept its Conference Carolinas opener, defeating Barton (12-13, 1-3) by scores of 20-2 and 6-2 in a pair of five inning contests. In their four game winning streak, Pfeiffer has outscored their opponents 66-4.
The Falcons jumped on Barton from the outset of game one and never looked back. A day after scoring 13 first inning runs against Elizabeth City St., Pfeiffer tallied a 12-run top of the first against the Bulldogs. Pfeiffer pounded out 10 hits in the inning and Kiana Millsaps recorded four RBI's in the frame.
Pfeiffer would score twice in the second inning and four more times in the third before tallying single runs in the fourth and the fifth. The Falcons scored the first 20 runs of the contest before Barton pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the mercy rule came into effect.
Stephanie Fortner did most of the damage in the game as the sophomore leftfielder went 3-for-3 with two runs and six runs batted in. Chandler Walker had two doubles and a triple on the afternoon and Rachel Crowder went 3-for-4 with three RBI's. Vada Blue Sherrill went 2-for-3 and came around to score four times in the game.
With 20 runs of support, Kennedy Lester cruised to her sixth victory of the season as she allowed just four hits and two runs while striking out five.
Game two was more competitive but freshman Caitlin Christian made sure Barton wouldn't steal a victory. The freshman retired the first 10 batters she faced and didn't allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth.
Unsurprisingly, Pfeiffer jumped ahead early with a 3-run first inning. Makenzie Pennell singled in Sherrill and Fortner scored on a passed ball. Pennell came around to score on Millsaps' RBI ground out giving Pfeiffer 34 first inning runs over the past four games.
Amazingly, despite scoring 26 runs in the sweep, Pfeiffer didn't hit a single home run on the day.
Christian finished the day with four hits and two runs allowed and struck out six batters to improve to 5-2.
The Falcons will return to action on Saturday as they host Coker at 2 p.m.