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Restivo Walkoff Highlights Pioneers? Sweep of Pfeiffer

Restivo Walkoff Highlights Pioneers? Sweep of Pfeiffer
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Jenna Restivo hit a two-run walkoff double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Tusculum College softball team to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Pfeiffer University in the first game of a doubleheader at Red Edmonds Field on Saturday. The Pioneers swept the twinbill from the Falcons with a 4-1 victory in the second contest.

Tusculum improves its record to 5-7 on the season, while Pfeiffer falls to 8-11. The Pioneers will be back in action on Monday (March 9) when they travel to take on the University of Virginia at Wise. The twinbill is set to begin at 2 p.m.

Game 1: Tusculum 8, Pfeiffer 7 (8) (Box Score)

The Pioneers recorded a season-high 16 hits in a wild back-and-forth 8-7 victory over Pfeiffer n game one of the doubleheader. Restivo was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs, the final two earning the TC victory.

Rachel Medley (1-3) captured her first victory of the season in the circle after scattering eight hits and three walks in seven and two-thirds innings of work, while recording three strikeouts. Pfeiffer's Kristin Durant took the loss after surrendering six earned runs on ten hits in three and a third innings in relief.

Treslyn Reese and Kaytlin Stroinski each smashed a homer to push across runs for the Pioneers. Reese finished the game with three hits in five trips to the plate including a double.

The Falcons were first on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but Reese cut the lead in half with her solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. In Tusculum's half of the fifth inning, Carolyn Williamson had a one-out single and quickly came around to score on Stroinski's two-run homer that gave TC its first lead of the day. Reese and Restivo connected on back-to-back doubles later in the inning to push another run across and give Tusculum a 4-2 lead after five innings.

Eliza Davis entered the game to pitch after Pfeiffer's leadoff single in the top of the sixth inning, but the Falcons struck for four runs on four hits and an error off the Pioneer righty to take a 6-4 lead. Tusculum was sat down in order in the bottom of the sixth, but opened the seventh with three-straight singles by Stroinski, Reese and Restivo.

After Durant recorded a strikeout, Brooke Rhodes stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run double to tie the game at 6-6. However, Durant was able to strikeout the next two batters to force extra innings, and the Falcons pushed a run across in the top of the eighth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

Alix Kruel was placed on second base as per the international tie-break rule to start the bottom of the eighth. She reached third base on a fielder's choice bunt by Nicole ball, who later stole second base. Two batters later, Restivo stepped to the plate and doubled to deep right center field, which scored Kruel and Ball to send the Pioneers off with a victory.

Rhodes, Stroinksi, and Bailey Culler each finished with two hits for Tusculum. Pfeiffer was led by Julie Bullington and Jaclyn Boever, who both tallied two hits and an RBI.

Game 2: Tusculum 4, Pfeiffer 1 (Box Score)

Davis rebounded from a tough game-one outing to pitch seven strong innings in Tusculum's 4-1 victory over Pfeiffer in game two.

Davis (3-3) earned the victory in the circle after giving up just one earned run and three hits while tallying five strikeouts. The Falcons' Sam Jarmusch took the loss despite giving up just one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Williamson led the Pioneer offense with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, while Stroinski, Restivo, Reese, and Rhodes each recorded a hit and an RBI.

After just one hit between both teams in the first three innings, the Falcons' Chandler Walker opened the top of the fourth inning with a solo homer down the left field line. However, the lead wouldn't stand long as TC answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Williamson hit a one-out single and later stole second before advancing to third on a throwing error by Pfeiffer catcher Rachel Crowder. Williamson came around to score on a double by Stroinski.

After Davis sat the Falcons down in order in their half of the fifth, Rhodes crushed a one-out homer over the left field fence in the bottom half of the frame and gave the Pioneers a 2-1 advantage. TC added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Reese doubled home Williamson, who singled earlier in the inning, and she later scored on an RBI single by Restivo.

Davis sat the Falcons down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.






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