Improbable Comeback Pushes Falcons Win Streak to 11

Photo - Sean Meyers
Photo - Sean Meyers

Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications

HARTSVILLE, SC - In thrilling fashion, the Pfeiffer softball team (15-1) swept two more games on Sunday afternoon in day two of the Coker Spring Invitational to extend their winning streak to 11 in a row.

The Falcons held on for a 5-3 win over Lincoln Memorial and had an epic come-from-behind victory in game two. Trailing 6-3 with two outs in the sixth inning against Columbus St. (9-8-1), Pfeiffer rallied to tie the game in the before winning it in the seventh with a home run by freshman Taylor Jerome in her first official at bat as a Falcon.

A bases loaded walk by Emma Tuttle gave Pfeiffer a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The Falcons would add two more runs in the fifth with RBI singles from Chandler Walker and Abi Peck.

However, Columbus St. would erupt for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Pfeiffer put two runners on base with two outs in the top of the sixth as freshman Makenzie Pennell stepped into the box and launched her fourth home run of the season over the left field fence to even the game at 6.

Jerome led off the top of the seventh and had been hit by a pitch in her only other plate appearance this season. On the first pitch of the inning, Jerome crushed a homer over the left field fence to give Pfeiffer the improbable comeback victory.

Caitlin Christian retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh to nail down her third save of the season. Kiana Millsaps earned the win in relief, tossing two innings and allowing one run.

On the year, Pfeiffer has won five games in their final at bat.

In the opener, Millsaps went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI's and Pennell crushed her first home run of the afternoon as the Falcons withstood a late comeback attempt from Lincoln Memorial (8-3) to come away with a 5-3 victory. Vada Blue Sherrill went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in the leadoff spot to spark the offense to a 5-0 lead after 6 ½ innings. Christian did her part in the circle, tossing four innings and allowing just one hit, while striking out eight.

However, in their last at bat, the Railsplitters scored three times and had the tying run at the plate before senior Sydney Poole closed the door on the rally. LMU pushed across three runs on four hits and two errors but Poole got Kristen McAndrew to fly out to secure the win.  

Christian improved to 4-1 in the circle and Pfeiffer pounded out 10 hits in the win.

The Falcons will put their 11 game winning streak on the line Thursday as they host Anderson at 2 p.m.