Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Merriken, Christpoulos record two hits apiece in loss to Pfeiffer

Misenheimer, N.C. - Christian Christopoulos laced a two-run double in the right centerfield gap in the top of the seventh cutting the Pfeiffer lead in half, but paced by a pair of home runs by Preston Lyon and a strong pitching performance by Bryan Tuttle, the Falcons held on for the 6-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field.

After a scoreless first inning, the Falcons (2-3) struck in the bottom of the second as Cole McGraw scored Johnny Brown, Jr. on a sacrifice fly to left centerfield. Lyon followed with a solo home run to left field off BC (0-2) starter Zach Joyce (0-1) to stake Pfeiffer to the early 2-0 lead.

The Falcons added three more in the third as Gray hit a two-run home run down the left field line with two outs, and Harris followed with a shot of his own, clearing the left field fence to put Pfeiffer up 5-0 after three innings.

Brevard scratched out their first hit off Tuttle in the top of the fifth, snapping the no-hit bid as Zach Merriken drove a single up the middle with two-outs, but Tuttle escaped the inning with the shutout intact as he retired the next BC batter on strikes.

Lyon put the final Falcon run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, driving a solo home run over the left centerfield fence of BC reliever Dylan Lee to give Pfeiffer the 6-0 advantage heading into the final three innings.

Brevard answered in the top of the seventh inning, cutting into the Falcon lead as the Tornados placed their first runs across the plate. Kramer Clark opened the scoring opportunity with a one-out single through the left side of the infield. Clark stole second and came around to score on Merriken’s second hit of the game, a single to left center to put the Tornados on the scoreboard. John Slade was hit by a pitch, advancing Merriken to second before Christopoulos drove a double into the right center gap, clearing the bases to cut the lead in half at 6-3.

Tarron Robinson nearly added another run to Brevard’s total, driving a shot deep into the right centerfield gap, but Falcon centerfielder Kevin Price was able to time his leap at the fence to rob Robinson of the first Brevard home run of the season and kept the score intact.

The Tornados had one final scoring opportunity in the top of the ninth as Slade and Christopoulos walked against Pfeiffer closer Tyler Summers, bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Summers was able to retire the side on strikes, closing out the ball game in the 6-3 Falcons win.

Merriken and Christopoulos both had two hits in the contest to pace the Tornados offense, while Jacob Yates and Lyon both had multiple hits for the hosts.

Brevard returns to Brevard, N.C. for their 2012 home opening weekend on Saturday, February 11th as the Tornados welcome Alderson-Broaddus to Gil Coan Field. First pitch of the doubleheader between the Tornados and the Battlers is set for 12 p.m.