MELBOURNE, Fla. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad split a pair of games on Saturday at the Florida Tech Marriott First Pitch Classic in Melbourne, Fla. The Pirates picked up a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Palm Beach Altantic before falling to Angelo State, 4-1.
Armstrong State (3-1) will wrap up action in the Classic on Sunday, facing Nova Southeastern at 11:30 a.m.
In the first game of the day, Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to a 4-1 lead through the first four innings, but the Pirates tied the game in the fifth inning on a two-run home run from sophomore Macy Coleman and a solo home run by senior Hannah Reppert.
In the top of the seventh, the Pirates took a 6-4 lead on solo home runs by Reppert and senior Jane Trzaska. Palm Beach Altantic loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and plated one run on an error, but sophomore Sierra Peebles got Magnolia West to fly out to center field to end the game.
Peebles (2-0) picked up the win in relief, hurling 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, giving up one unearned run. Ashley Adkins (0-1) took the loss for the Sailfish, giving up four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Reppert went 3-for-3 with two home runs, while Coleman and Trzaska also had two hits apiece for the Pirates.
In game two, Angelo Sate broke a scoreless tie with a four-run sixth-inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Katlyn Herzog, to take a 4-0 lead. Reppert launched a home run - the 46th of her career, tying her with Stacey Berrong of USC Upstate for fifth on the Peach Belt's all-time home run list.
Brandy Marlett (2-0) followed up her no-hitter of Florida Tech on Friday with a two-hitter, walking one while striking out 10 to pick up the win for the Ram Belles. Jane Trzaska (1-1) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up five hits and four runs - three earned - in 5 1/3 innings of work, walking three while striking out four.