Pfeiffer evened the USA South series with No. 20 LaGrange with a 9-5 win Saturday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. The Panthers are now 23-9 overall and 14-5 in conference play.
LC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Three straight hits by Erves, Ruth, and Churchich produced the run. Pfeiffer (22-5, 13-4 USA South) came back with five runs in the fourth off Richie Post (5-1). Bryan Kowalski's grand slam with two outs in the inning was the big blow. The Falcons added two more runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 7-1. Ruth's two-run single in the eighth made it a 7-3 game. Pfeiffer answered with two runs off reliever Austin Brown in the ninth to lead 9-3. The Panthers got back the runs on pinch-hitter Braden Shealy's RBI triple followed by Erves' fourth hit of the game. Ruth and Churchich loaded the bases with singles. But Dalton Brinkley retired Jack Layrisson on a fly ball to end the game.
The two teams meet Sunday at 2 p.m.