DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Autumn Parrish's two-run home run in the eighth inning gave the Pirates a 3-1 win over No. 4 North Georgia, earning a Peach Belt Conference softball split with the Nighthawks on Sunday afternoon in Dahlonega.
The Pirates moved to 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the Peach Belt with the split, while North Georgia moved to 21-6 overall and 1-1 in the league. Armstrong State will return to action on Saturday, March 11th, traveling to Lander for a 2:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference doubleheader in Greenwood, S.C.
Logan Harrell's solo home run in the third inning of game one gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead, but North Georgia tied the game in the fourth as Jessica Finch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Hannah Reppert was hit by a pitch, then Parrish launched a two-run shot to left - just as she did in the NCAA Super Regional last May to send the Pirates to the DII Championships.
Jane Trzaska (5-3) picked up the win for the Pirates, giving up five hits and one unearned run, walking two while striking out five in eight innings. Kylee Smith (12-2) took the loss for the Nighthawks in game one, giving up five hits and three runs in eight innings, walking three while striking out eight.
Parrish went 2-for-4 with the two-run shot to lead the Pirates at the plate in game one.
In game two, freshman Tazha Williams' two-run shot in the third inning gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead, but North Georgia hit three home runs and scored six unanswered to take the 7-2 win in game two.
Sierra Peebles (7-3) took the loss for the Pirates in game two, giving up four hits and five runs - four earned - in three innings, walking two. Amber Johns (3-1) picked up the win for the Nighthawks with the six-hitter, giving up two runs and one walk while striking out four.
Williams finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI to lead the Pirates in game two. Alishia Frierson went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to pace the Nighthawks.