BURLINGTON, N.C. – After dropping their first game of the day, Pfeiffer University turned around to play an elimination game with Erskine College. The teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel before the Flying Fleet broke through with a pair of runs on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. Candace Fitch made those runs standup as Erskine stayed alive with the 2-0 win.
Both pitchers were dominant early, Sam Jarmusch for Pfeiffer (18-25-1) and Fitch for Erskine as they only allowed a combined four hits through the first four innings. The Flying Fleet (19-22) finally struck first in the fifth inning when Kathryn Windham sparked a one-out rally with a single, and Fitch was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Erika McCarson ripped single up the middle, and after an out Erskine plated two on a wild pitch to the backstop. Windham scored from third, and Finch came in to score from second base giving Erskine a 2-0 lead. However, Jarmusch then escaped the jam with groundout.
Erskine threatened again in the sixth, but Jarmusch didn’t allow any more runs, stranding the bases loaded to keep Pfeiffer within striking distance in the final inning. Lindsey Russell started the inning with an infield single, but the Falcons couldn’t get another hit as Fitch complete the shutout with back-to-back groundouts.
Fitch tossed all seven innings, allowing just four hits on 91 pitches. Ashley Hicks paced the offense going 2-for-3.
For Pfeiffer, Jarmusch allowed just the two runs on five hits while throwing 81 pitches. Russell paced the Falcon offense going 2-for-3.
With win, Erskine will take on Limestone College in another elimination game this evening while Pfeiffer is eliminated.