MELBOURNE, Fla. - The No. 4-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad split a pair of games on Sunday to wrap up action in the Florida Tech Marriott Brawl at the Beach in Melbourne. The Pirates defeated host Florida Tech, 4-3, but lost to No. 16 Saint Leo, 7-5, in eight innings.
The Pirates (7-3) wrap up the weekend's tournament action with a 3-2 mark and will next head back down to Florida to compete at the Diamond 9 College Citrus Classic in Orlando on Friday through Sunday, February 24-26.
In the first game of the day, freshman Tazha Williams' solo home run in the fifth inning and sophomore Katie Collins' three-run blast in the sixth staked the Pirates to a 4-2 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Panthers pushed across a run on a groundout to make the score 4-3, but sophomore Sierra Peebles retired Makayla Palmer with the tying run on third to end the inning and pick up the win.
Peebles (5-0) picked up the win, scattering seven hits and three runs - two earned - in seven innings of work, walking two while striking out four. Reigning NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week Rachel Pence took the loss for the Panthers, giving up eight hits and four runs in seven innings, walking three while striking out three.
In game two, the Pirates trailed No. 16 Saint Leo by a 4-2 score heading to the top of the fourth inning when junior Autumn Parrish launched a three-run home run to put the Pirates up by one, 5-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lions scored the tying run on a passed ball, then got a two-run home run from Samantha Ohmie in the bottom of the eighth to win the contest.
Parrish finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI.