GREENSBORO, N.C.—Alexis Newman (Climax, N.C./Southeast Guilford) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI-single as Greensboro College claimed a USA South Athletic Conference (USA South) victory over Pfeiffer University, 5-1.
The contest originally started on March 27 as game two of the regularly scheduled doubleheader but was suspended at the beginning of the bottom of the third inning, tied 1-1, due to thunderstorms. The Pride had scored on an Allyson Loy RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning on March 27. Ashlyn Kennedy stole third base and then advanced home on an errant throw in the top of the third inning to tie the game.
Cheyanne Cox (14-4) came into pitch for the Pride upon the resumption of play Friday afternoon, giving up just three hits and walking one batter while fanning one. Jenna Endsley pitched the first three innings on March 27, striking out three batters and walking one as she surrendered just one hit.
Caiti Mickles (5-5) took the loss for the Falcons as she took over pitching duties when play resumed. She struck out two and walked three in a three-inning effort, giving up two hits and the go-ahead run. Mickles also hit two-for-three to represent the lone Pfeiffer batter with multiple hits in the game.
The Pride gave Cox run support in the bottom of the sixth inning by piling a four-run rally on the Falcons. After a Caroline Stanley (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) triple led off the inning, Newman connected on a single up the middle to bring Stanley home and claim the lead. After Loy moved up Newman on a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning, Kailey Walker (Eden, N.C./Morehead) brought home Newman as the ball flew to the right-field corner. Alexis Sox (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) then connected on a two-run home run to left-center field to add insurance runs for the Pride.
Pfeiffer threatened in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out rally where the Falcons registered two singles. Cox regained control and forced Taylor Parrish into a fly ball to center field as the Pride claimed the win.
Stanley finished three-for-three with a double and a triple, her first extra-base hits of the season after 36-straight singles. Loy (two-for-two) and Walker (two-for-four) were the remaining Pride batters with multi-hit efforts.
The Pride returns to action next Saturday, April 24 with their final USA South doubleheader of the season at Averett University, beginning at 1 p.m.
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Courtesy of Bryan Jones, Greensboro College Sports Information Director