No. 21 Pirates Win Twice At Eckerd Spring Invitational
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The No. 21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University softball squad opened up action at the Eckerd Triton Spring Invitational with a pair of wins on Friday evening. The Pirates picked up a 4-1 win over Nova Southeastern, then finished the night with an 11-4 win over Florida Southern.
Armstrong improves to 5-1 with the pair of wins and will return to action in the Invitational on Saturday, facing Saint Leo at 4:00 p.m. and Palm Beach Atlantic at 6:30 p.m.
In game one against Nova Southeastern, the Pirates scored three times in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by junior Shelby Duff and a two-RBI single by senior April Jowers to build a 3-0 lead.
Junior Brittany Cooley added an RBI double in the fifth, more than enough for junior Megan Barnwell, who improved to 3-0 with a seven-inning five-hitter, giving up one run and walking four while striking out two.
Nova Southeastern's Sara DeMuth took the loss for the Sharks, giving up six hits and four runs in six innings, striking out seven. Jaimee Vega delivered an RBI single in the seventh to account for the Sharks' lone run of the game.
Jowers finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base to lead Armstrong offensively, while Duff went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In the second game, the Pirates struck first with a five-run third inning. Jowers and senior Baillie Temples each reached on singles, then after a wild pitch scored Jowers, Cooley reached on an error and freshman Alexis Mercer doubled home both runners for the 3-0 lead. Senior Whitney Galloway followed with an RBI double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Armstrong plated a pair of runs in the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Cooley and Mercer to make the score 5-0. Florida Southern got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three-run frame, keyed by a two-RBI triple by Karlyn Scott, but the Pirates answered with four runs in the sixth inning, which included RBI singles by Cooley and Buckett. Tournament rules ended the game with the Pirates batting in the top of the seventh inning.
Freshman Caitlin Campbell picked up her second win for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and four runs in six innings, walking one while striking out three. Lauren Wolfe took the loss for the Mocs, giving up seven hits and seven runs - four earned - in 3 2/3 innings, walking three.
Mercer went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles to lead Armstrong in game two offensively, while Temples went 3-for-5 and Cooley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.