Falcons Earn Split In Battle of Nationally Ranked Teams

Photo - Sean Meyers
Photo - Sean Meyers

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The No. 14 Pfeiffer softball team (27-3, 7-1 CC) earned a split with No. 23 Limestone (24-4, 3-1) on Sunday afternoon at Jack Ingram Field. In the first matchup of two ranked Conference Carolinas teams in history, Pfeiffer took game one 7-4 before dropping the finale 3-0.

Caitlin Christian earned the win in relief in game one and baffled the Saints. The lefty pitched the final four innings and didn't allow a single hit, while punching out six batters. Christian improved to 7-2 in her rookie season and dropped her ERA to 1.61.

Limestone scored an unearned run in the top of the first and Pfeiffer answered with a two-spot in the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the second, Rachel Crowder laced an RBI single and Vada Blue Sherrill came around to score on a fielder error to push Pfeiffer's lead to 4-1. A double from Chandler Walker scored Pennell as the inning ended with Pfeiffer up four.

Limestone scored one in the third and two in the fourth before coach Monte Sherrill went to Christian to slam the door on the Saints.

The first three batters reached safely for Pfeiffer in the bottom of the fourth and sac flys from Makenzie Pennell and Kiana Millsaps put Pfeiffer up 7-4.

The only batter to reach against Christian was on a swinging strike three that got past the catcher, allowing the hitter to reach first base safely. The other 11 batters were retired without reaching base against the tough freshman.

Pennell finished the game with three RBI's, improving her league-leading total to 34. Sherrill scored three times and Crowder went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Pfeiffer's 11 game winning streak came to a close in game two as they ran into a hot pitcher who silenced their bats. Josie Weber improved to 11-1 for the Saints, tossing a complete game shutout and allowed just three hits.

Caroline Hill hit a first inning home run and the Saints added single runs in the sixth and seventh to earn the split. Kennedy Lester suffered her first loss of the season, allowing two earned runs on the day.

Stephanie Fortner had two of the three hits for Pfeiffer and Sherrill added a double.

The Falcons return to action on Saturday as they travel to Lees-McRae for a 1 p.m. first pitch.