No. 10 Pirates Celebrate Senior Day With Sweep Of Hurricanes
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 10-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University softball squad celebrated Senior Day in a big way on Sunday, stretching its current win streak to nine with a 6-1, 7-1 Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern at the Armstrong Softball Field.
The Pirates (35-8, 11-1 PBC) maintained its grip atop the Peach Belt standings with their fourth straight league sweep, while the Hurricanes (16-24, 1-11 PBC) saw a modest three-game win streak come to a halt.
Prior to the doubleheader, Armstrong honored its five seniors as they played in their final regular season home contests - senior second baseman April Jowers, senior third baseman/outfielder Baillie Temples, senior designated player Heather Walker, senior catcher Ashley Buckett and senior first baseman Whitney Galloway.
Armstrong would strike first in game one with three first-inning runs on a sacrifice bunt by Walker that would score Shelby Duff, a wild pitch that would plate Jowers and then an RBI single by Brittany Cooley to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Celia Blome and an RBI single by Lauren Wilcox made the lead 5-0 after the third inning, and Armstrong would plate a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Buckett. Georgia Southwestern's only run came in the sixth on a Mason Moreland RBI single.
Megan Barnwell (15-3) hurled seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball, walking one while striking out eight to pick up the game one win. Casey Burns (4-2) took the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up seven hits and five runs in three innings of work, walking one.
Georgia Southwestern would plate the first run of game two as a walk to Moreland and an error on a sacrifice bunt put runners at the corners, then an RBI groundout by Avery Purser gave the Hurricanes a quick 1-0 lead.
Armstrong would respond in the third inning on a wild play to take the lead. With two on, Lauren Wilcox singled to left field, plating Walker, and an error on the throw by catcher Jessica Chewning allowed Blome to score the go-ahead run. On the play, Wilcox tried to score from third after the errant throw but was gunned down at the plate by third baseman Gabby Buck, ending the inning.
The Pirates would plate a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth - on a two-RBI double by Buckett - to build the 7-1 lead.
Caitlin Campbell (16-3) notched the win in game two, giving up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings pitched, walking one while striking out six. Jessica Martin (6-7) took the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up 10 hits and seven runs - five earned - in six innings of work, walking four while striking out four.
Buckett finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Pirates at the plate, while Jowers went 4-for-7 with a pair of stolen bases. Her four hits gives her 316 now in her career, moving her into 14th place all-time in NCAA DII history. Duff also went 4-for-8 with a pair of stolen bases on the day.
Mason Moreland and Jessica Chewning each had a pair of hits to lead the Hurricanes at the plate.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, April 7, traveling to Flagler to face the Saints in a 2:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference doubleheader in St. Augustine, Fla.