Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The No. 9 Pfeiffer softball team (29-3, 9-1 CC) took both ends of Saturday's doubleheader at Lees-McRae (12-24, 4-8), winning by scores of 2-1 and 8-3. With the two wins, Pfeiffer improves to 15-1 away from Misenheimer.
In game one, Kiana Millsaps and Caitlin Christian combined to toss a two-hitter as the Falcons held on for a 2-1 victory. Millsaps, who tossed a perfect game against Mount Olive last week, struck out five in her 4.2 innings of work before giving way to Christian who nailed down her fifth save by retiring all seven batters she faced. With the win, Millsaps improves to 5-0 in the circle on the year.
However, Kara Cunningham, was just as tough for the Bobcats. Cunningham was the hard luck loser despite allowing just three hits and two runs on the day.
Pfeiffer got to Cunningham in the top of the first. Vada Blue Sherrill led off with a walk and stole second and third before coming home on Makenzie Pennell's sacrifice fly to left field. The run was Sherrill's 95th of her career and the three stolen bases on the day, giving her 75 in just 87 total games.
In the fifth, Stephanie Fortner drew a two out walk and came around to score on Rachel Crowder's RBI double to put Pfeiffer up 2-0. The double pulled Crowder within six two-baggers of breaking Erin Furness' all-time record of 43.
Lees-McRae scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth but Millsaps retired the last seven batters to nail down the victory.
In the finale, Pfeiffer exploded for eight runs in the top of the first and cruised to victory. Pfeiffer pounded out seven hits in the inning, highlighted by a three-run home run to centerfield by junior Chandler Walker. Lees-McRae used three pitchers in the inning to try and quiet the Pfeiffer bats but were unsuccessful. Leadoff hitter Sherrill went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and two stolen bases in the inning.
Lees-McRae added single runs in the first, third and sixth but wouldn't get within striking distance.
Kennedy Lester improved to 7-1 by tossing four innings and allowing two runs.
Pfeiffer has now won nine of their last 10 meetings with Lees-McRae and hasn't lost to the Bobcats since the 2014 season.
The Falcons travel to King tomorrow for an afternoon doubleheader, weather permitting. Should that game be postponed, Pfeiffer will return to Misenheimer and take on Winston Salem on Tuesday afternoon.