Pfeiffer Sweeps Sunday Softball Doubleheader From Visiting Guilford, 5-3 and 4-2

Katie McNeill '21 (Shannon Petsch '19 photo)
Katie McNeill '21 (Shannon Petsch '19 photo)

MISENHEIMER, N.C.- Taylor Parrish threw 5.2 scoreless innings of relief in Pfeiffer University's 4-2 win over visiting Guilford College that gave the Falcons a sweep of Sunday's softball doubleheader. Kari Westerbeek homered twice and drove in all five Falcons' runs in Pfeiffer's 5-3 opening-game victory.

The Quakers (6-4) took a 2-0 lead in the nightcap on run-scoring singles by Casey Bunting and Amanda Gillis in the first and second innings, respectively. Guilford had a 2-1 edge entering the home fifth frame before Reece Davis's second RBI single of the game put Pfeiffer in front, 3-2. Pfeiffer added an unearned sixth-inning run in support of Parrish (1-1), who yielded just three hits, fanned four, and did not walk a batter in her first win of 2020.

Davis had two of Pfeiffer's five hits in the opener. Teammate Hailey Myers also had two hits and stole two bases. Gillis had two hits and an RBI for the Quakers, who left seven runners on base. Sydney Hilliard (0-1) took the loss for Guilford. She fanned five in 4.1 frames, but also walked six and gave up three earned runs.

Westerbeek earned four walks in the nightcap after her powerful opening-game display. She smacked a two-out, three-run homer in the third to give Pfeiffer a 3-1 lead. Her two-out, two-run shot in the fifth made it a 5-2 game. Westerbeek's blasts made a winner out of starter Caiti Mickles (2-0), who pitched into the fifth inning before yielding to Parrish, who earned the save.

The loss spoiled Guilford senior Kayli Blankenship's three-hit day. Bunting added two hits and another RBI. Natalie Conrad also had two hits for Guilford. The Quakers' Katie McNeill (5-2) threw her third complete game of the season and struck out a season-high 10 batters.

Coach Dennis Shores' Quakers host North Carolina Wesleyan College on March 11 at 2:00 p.m.