SAVANNAH, Ga. - Junior Katie Collins blasted her second grand slam in as many games and added a three-run home run in the nightcap to help Armstrong State University sweep a Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Francis Marion University on Sunday at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates won game one, 9-1, in five innings and took game two, 10-2, also in five innings.
The wins also stretched the Pirates' current win streak to 10 as Armstrong State improved to 23-6 overall and 13-1 in the PBC. Francis Marion saw its losing streak reach eight with the pair of losses, falling to 22-16 overall and 4-10 in the league. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, April 1st, visiting Columbus State for a 5:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with the Cougars.
In game one, Collins' grand slam in a five-run fourth inning, added to senior Hannah Reppert's three-run blast in the third, accounted for most of the offense in the five-inning 9-1 win for the Pirates. Freshman Tazha Williams added an RBI triple and Reppert added an RBI single, while Francis Marion's Sam Chiudina had a solo home run in the fifth for the Patriots' lone run.
Senior Jane Trzaska (10-3) notched the win for the Pirates, giving up three hits and one run in five innings, walking one while striking out four. Sydney Holland (10-10) took the loss for the Patriots in game one, giving up 11 hits and nine runs in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking two while striking out three.
Game two saw the Pirates score four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to build an 8-0 lead. Collins' three-run home run followed an RBI single for sophomore Logan Harrell in the third inning, then Reppert's two-run single highlighted the four-run fourth.
Francis Marion got a two-run double by Rayni Newman in the top of the fifth inning to keep the game alive, but a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Macy Coleman and a sacrifice fly by junior Autumn Parrish ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Sophomore Morgan Duff (3-0) picked up the win for the Pirates, hurling five innings of five-hit, two-run ball, walking one. Samantha Wrobleski (8-4) took the loss for the Patriots in game two, giving up nine hits and five runs in three-plus innings.
In addition to Collins' two home runs and seven RBI in the doubleheader, Parrish went 5-for-5 with an RBI, while Reppert went 3-for-6 with a home run and six RBI. Newman's three hits and two RBI led the Patriots in the doubleheader.