MISENHEIMER, N.C. – A consistent offensive performance gave Newberry a large lead on Pfeiffer in nonconference action at the home of the Falcons Wednesday, but a five-run eighth and a walk-off double in extras gave Pfeiffer a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Wolves.
The Falcons (6-4) trailed Newberry (4-8) 7-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth. But the Pfeiffer bats, which had been dormant for much of the contest, finally came alive as the Falcons sent 10 men to the plate in scoring five runs, with the biggest blow coming on a Derek Perry bomb to the gap in left center.
Newberry nearly secured the go-ahead run in the next frame, loading the bases with two outs, before a flyout to left field ended the threat. The Wolves would see each of their next six hitters set down; Pfeiffer used a pair of two-out base hits to earn the dramatic victory.
While it was Pfeiffer’s offense that got hot in the late stages of the contest, Newberry had quite a showing at the plate in the early going. The Wolves scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Daymon Totherow, his first of three hits on the afternoon, to gain an early advantage. The play extended his hitting streak to 10 games, two behind Danton Hyman's 12-game streak that was also extended against the Falcons.
The Wolves then batted around in the third, scoring four runs to stretch their lead to 5-0. Newberry got an important boost in the form of a first-pitch three-run home run by Zach White, the team’s first long ball of the season. Robert Kosch added the fourth RBI of the inning on a single into left.
Newberry picked up single runs in the seventh and eighth as well. Totherow scored an unearned run after a throwing error on an attempted double play, while Derek Olenchuk rolled an RBI fielder’s choice to the second baseman with one out in the eighth.
Even with 15 runs scored in the game, both offenses were unable to capitalize on multiple opportunities. The teams combined to leave 24 runners on base and strike out 19 times.
Newberry tagged Pfeiffer starter Dylan Smith with five runs on five hits through 2.2 innings of work. The Wolves also drew five free passes and took advantage of a pair of Falcons’ defensive miscues.
Xavier Rodriguez earned the win in relief for Pfeiffer after holding the Wolves scoreless through the final three frames. He gave up a single hit and had three strikeouts.
Newberry returns to action Friday at 5:00 p.m., hosting the first in a four-game series with Goldey-Beacom on the final weekend before South Atlantic Conference play begins.