This Week In Armstrong Athletics, 4/23 - 4/29
This Week in Armstrong Athletics, April 23 – 29
• Monday, April
No Scheduled Events
• Tuesday, April
Baseball at Erskine 3:00 pm
No Scheduled Events
• Thursday, April
No Scheduled Events
• Friday, April
Baseball at Georgia College 7:00 pm
• Saturday, April
Baseball at Georgia College 2:00 pm (DH)
• Sunday, April
No Scheduled Events
Baseball (35-9, 19-8 PBC, No. 5 Collegiate Baseball DII Top 30 Poll)
The No. 5-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball team, after winning a non-conference contest against Augusta State and sweeping the visiting UNC Pembroke in a Peach Belt series, has run its winning streak up to 14.
Against Augusta State both starting pitchers had a rough first inning; the Pirates Travis Morris walked three, hit two batters, and was responsible for three runs and the Jaguars Matt Blume gave up four runs.
Augusta State retook the lead after scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Armstrong had chances late to at least tie, but it wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth Clayton Miller’s sac fly brought home a run to tie the score and for extra innings.
Neither team platted a run in the 10th. Then in the home half of the 11thJohn Roberts led off the inning with a walk-off solo home run, the third walk-off homer of his Armstrong career, for a 6-5 victory for the Pirates.
The weekend series against UNC Pembroke started off with a double header on Saturday. In game one of the double header the Pirates had to hold off the Braves late to win a back-and-forth game 6-5.
Armstrong starter Chandler Hall kept UNC Pembroke’s offense at bay in game two of the double header, pitching a complete game giving up just one run, five hits, and striking out three as the Pirates took game two 6-1.
The Pirates completed the series sweep with a 5-2 win the following day for a school-record 11thconsecutive PBC win to remain in first in the league’s East Division over Francis Marion.
Armstrong is next in action at Due West, S.C. for a non-conference game at Erskine April 24 and then the Pirates wrap up its slate of league games for the regular season April 27-28 with a visit to Georgia College.
Softball (44-9, 19-1 PBC, No. 6 NFCA DII Coaches Poll)
The No. 6-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University softball team took part in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament as the top-seeded team in the conference in Columbus, Ga. over the weekend.
On April 21 the Pirates played eighth-seeded Francis Marion, the third meeting for the two teams in the past five days.
Armstrong held a 7-2 margin over Francis Marion after five innings of play, but the Pirates had to hold off a Patriot rally late as FMU scored three runs in the final two innings before Armstrong could put them away for a 7-5 win.
The Pirates would then face host team Columbus State the following day in semifinals actions. The fifth-seeded Cougars advanced to the semis after beating fourth-seeded Flagler.
What was a scoreless contest was broke open in the fourth inning where Columbus State sent 11 players to the plate and drove in five runs. The Pirate offense couldn’t get anything going as Armstrong was held scoreless the rest of the game. The 6-0 loss eliminated the Pirates from the conference championships.
With a bunt single in the sixth-inning against Columbus State April Jowers became the Peach Belt Conference’s all-time leader with 331stcareer hit. She now ranks eighth on NCAA Division II’s all-time hits list.
Armstrong, who was ranked second in the region, will now have to await word of a possible NCAA Championship at-large berth to be announced Monday, April 30.
Men’s Tennis (24-0, 9-0 PBC, No. 1 ITA DII National Rankings)
The No. 1-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men’s tennis team was in Greenwood, S.C. for the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championship Tournament, April 20-22, hosted by Lander at the Greenwood Country Club.
As the top-seeded team in the tournament Armstrong opened up play on April 20 against eighth-seeded and No. 33-ranked USC Aiken. The Pirates made quick work of the Pacer leading 3-0 after double then getting two straight-set singles wins for the 5-0 win.
In the semifinals Armstrong faced off against fifth-seeded Georgia College. After doubles play the Pirates lead 2-1 going into singles. Armstrong clinched the match with three straight-set wins to earn a spot in the finals and take on No. 8-ranked Columbus State.
It was another quick match for the Pirates as the team blanked the Cougars 5-0 to take the league tournament title. This is the eighth straight Peach Belt Conference tournament title the Armstrong men have won.
Armstrong claims the league's automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Championships and will host one of two NCAA Southeast Regionals, to be held on April 30-May 1. NCAA Championships bids will be announced on Tuesday, April 24.
Women’s Tennis (23-0, 12-0 PBC, No. 3 ITA DII National Rankings)
The No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University women’s tennis team also competed as the top-seeded women’s team in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tennis Championships, April 20-22, in Greenwood, S.C.
Armstrong notched its ninth straight conference tournament title without dropping a single point to the competition over the weekend.
In the opening round on April 20 the Pirates faced eighth-seeded Augusta State. In the semifinals Armstrong squared off with fifth-seeded and No. 30-ranked Georgia College. Then in the finals the Pirates took on No. 7-ranked Columbus State. The women’s squad won each of its rounds 5-0.
With the win over Columbus State, the Pirates clinch the league's automatic berth and will host one of two NCAA Southeast Regionals on April 30-May 1. NCAA Women's Tennis selections will be announced on Tuesday, April 24.
Men’s Golf (No. 17 GCAA DII Coaches Poll)
The No. 17-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men’s golf team was not in action this week.
Last time out the Pirates competed in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships in Pine Mountain, Ga. at the Callaway Garden Mountain View Course, hosted by Columbus State.
Armstrong finished the tournament in fifth place after firing a three-round total of 886, 14 strokes behind team Champion UNC Pembroke.
Armstrong will still have to await word of a possible NCAA Championship berth to be made on April 27; if the Pirates make the field it would be the 11thstraight NCAA berth for men’s golf.
The Armstrong Atlantic State University women’s golf team was also not in action this week.
Last time out on the course the Armstrong women’s squad captured the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championship at the Callaway Gardens Mountain View Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. The Pirates won the 2012 title by 11 strokes over team runner-up UNC Pembroke.
For now the Armstrong women’s team will have to await word on a possible berth in the NCAA Championships, to be announced April 30, as the conference tournament win does not assure them of a place in the NCAA Championships.