AIKEN, S.C. - The Armstrong State University softball squad ran its current win streak to six with a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of USC Aiken on Tuesday afternoon in Aiken, S.C. The Pirates took game one, 6-1, and won the nightcap, 8-4.
The Pirates improved to 19-6 overall and 9-1 in the Peach Belt Conference with the pair of wins, while USC Aiken fell to 16-10-1 overall and 5-5 in the league. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, hosting UNC Pembroke in a 1:00 p.m. PBC doubleheader at the Armstrong Softball Field.
Armstrong State took a quick lead in game one on senior Hannah Reppert's three-run home run in the top of the first inning. The home run was the 51st of her career, putting her alone in second place in the Peach Belt Conference's all-time home run chart, passing Ashley Tomlinson of Lander, who had 50 home runs from 2000-03.
USC Aiken scored a single run in the bottom of the fourth on Hannah Price's RBI groundout. The Pirates then added three runs in the top of the fifth, two on an RBI single by sophomore Connor Weaver and one on an RBI single by junior Katie Collins.
Senior Jane Trzaska (8-3) picked up the win, giving up three hits and one unearned run in five innings of work, walking one while striking out six. She extended her streak to 41 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run, which dates back to February 25th. Hayley Elkins (6-5) took the loss for the Pacers in game one, giving up five hits and five runs in four innings of work, walking one while striking out five.
In game two, the Pirates again got off to a quick start as sophomore Logan Harrell blasted a grand slam home run - the second of her career - in the top of the first inning to stake Armstrong State to a 4-0 lead. A wild pitch plated the Pacers' first run of the game in the bottom of the first, then freshman Tazha Williams launched a three-run home run in the top of the third inning to make the score 7-1.
Price's RBI double in the bottom of the third made the score 7-2 in favor of the Pirates. Sophomore Macy Coleman blasted a solo home run in the top of the fourth for an 8-2 lead, but USC Aiken rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting an RBI single from Leah Boghosian and loading the bases against sophomore Sierra Peebles, but Peebles got a ground ball to third to pitch out of the jam.
USC Aiken again loaded the bases in the seventh, plating a run on a fielder's choice, but Peebles got Boghosian to ground out to second base to end the contest.
Peebles improved to 8-3 on the season with the complete-game victory, giving up eight hits and four runs - three earned - while walking three and striking out four. Chandler Terrapin (5-5) took the loss in game two for the Pacers, giving up five hits and seven runs - four earned - in 2 2/3 innings of work, walking two while striking out three.