SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad used a pair of big innings to come away with a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of UNC Pembroke on Saturday afternoon at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates took game one, 6-2, then won the second game, 7-5.
The sweep extends the Pirates' current win streak to eight as Armstrong State is now 21-6 overall and 11-1 in the Peach Belt. UNC Pembroke fell to 17-20 overall and 2-13 in the PBC as the Braves' current losing streak reached 16. Armstrong State is next in action on Sunday, hosting Francis Marion in a 1:00 p.m. Peach Belt doubleheader.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Jessica Auld's RBI double, then made the lead 2-0 after a Pirate error allowed Baily Hoch to score.
The Pirates then answered with a five-run bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore Logan Harrell led off the frame with a solo home run to center field. A bunt single to third by freshman Natalie Corbin drove in junior Katie Collins to tie the game at 2-all, then sophomore Macy Coleman blasted a three-run home run to left field to put the Pirates up 5-2.
Sophomore Connor Weaver capped the game one scoring with an RBI double in the sixth inning.
Jane Trzaska (9-3) picked up the complete-game win, giving up just one hit in seven innings, walking one while striking out five. She gave up two runs, one earned - ending her streak of consecutive innings without giving up an earned run at 41 1/3. Abbey Walters (9-7) took the loss for the Braves, giving up 10 hits and six runs in six innings of work, striking out six.
Harrell went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a home run to lead the Pirates at the plate in game one.
Game two saw UNC Pembroke jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a leadoff home run by Jamie Johnson, RBI singles from Taylor Gerhard and Eden Brown as well as a sacrifice fly from Toni Nelson. The Braves made it a 5-0 lead in the second on Johnson's RBI double.
The Pirates would get all of their offense in the second game in the third inning, sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning and scoring seven runs. RBI singles from Coleman and Junior Autumn Parrish started the inning, then Harrell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make the score 5-3. Collins then followed with a grand slam home run to cap the scoring and give the Pirates the 7-5 lead.
Sophomore Morgan Duff (2-0) came in to the contest in the second inning and would pick up the win in the circle for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and one run in six innings of work, striking out three. Reliever Malerie Leviner (5-10) took the loss in game two for the Braves, giving up four hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking one.
Coleman had two hits for Armstrong State in game two, while Collins' grand slam home run was her first as a Pirate. Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run to pace the Braves in game two.