BURLINGTON, N.C. – In a game that last two days and four hours and nine minutes, eighth seed Pfeiffer University eliminated Limestone College with an 8-5 win in 14 innings.
Pfeiffer (21-27) jumped ahead early with an unearned run in the top of the first inning. Nevertheless, the Saints (22-22) answered in the bottom half of the inning. Jessica Ramsey ripped a two-out, two-run single to left center to give Limestone the early 2-1 lead.
The Falcons bounced right back and evened the score with another two-out run in the second inning. Sadie Saine ripped a single to center that scored Emily Workman who walked earlier in the inning.
Limestone loaded the bases in the second inning, but Sam Jarmusch escaped the jam, getting a runner interference and line out to third base to keep the game tied. Pfeiffer used that momentum in the bottom half of the inning as they got another two-out run. Workman dropped a single in right behind first base on the baseline to score Lindsey Russell and give the Falcons the 1-0 lead.
After the game resumed on Saturday, Pfeiffer plated another two-out run on Saine single to center that scored Workman and give the Falcons a 4-3 lead.
Limestone was down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh when Erika Hansen laced a single to center and put runners on the corners. A wild pitch then scored the tying run and sent the game to extra innings.
The Falcons regained the lead in the 10th inning when Ashlee Ellen came up with runners on second and third and two outs. Ellen ripped a single to left field that scored Khristin Isley to put Pfeiffer up 5-4.
However, Limestone had an answer again in the bottom half of the frame. Ashley Cox loaded the bases with a bunt single, and Amanda Hayes was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run with one out. Jarmusch then got a groundout and a fly out to end the inning and send the game to the 11th.
Both teams had opportunities in the following innings, but neither could push any runs across until the Falcons plated three runs in the 14th. Ellis came up with bases loaded a ripped a double up the middle to score two and Russell followed with a single to score one and put Pfeiffer up 8-5.
In the bottom of the inning, Limestone had a two-out double, but couldn’t push her across as the Falcons escaped with the upset.
For Pfeiffer, Saine went 4-for-7 with two runs batted in and one run score to pace the offense while Alicia Stiles led the Limestone offense, going 4-for-5 with two walks.