No. 17 Pirates Drop Pair Of Games At Diamond Classic Friday

No. 17 Pirates Drop Pair Of Games At Diamond Classic Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 17-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad dropped a pair of extra inning games on Friday at the Diamond 9 College Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Pirates lost to Spring Hill, 5-1, in eight innings and 4-3 to Eckerd College, in nine innings.

The Pirates (7-5) will face the same two teams on Saturday, taking on Spring Hill at 3:30 p.m. and Eckerd at 5:45 p.m. 

In the first game, Spring Hill (12-4) got on the board in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Jenna Charnock and a sacrifice fly by Kali Clement to take a 1-0 lead.

Armstrong State tied the game in the sixth on a solo home run from sophomore Katie Collins, her third of the season.

In the eighth inning, Spring Hill scored four runs - two on a single by Clement that snapped the 1-1 tie - to come away with the 5-1 win.

Sierra Peebles (5-2) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and five runs - four earned - in 7 1/3 innings of work, walking two while striking out one.

Sophmore Connor Weaver and freshman Natalie Corbin had two hits apiece in the contest.

In game two, senior Hannah Reppert launched a solo home run - her 7th of the season and 50th of her career - in the first inning against Eckerd. Jane Trzaska (1-3) later added an RBI single in the top of hte sixth tied the game as it went into extra innings at 2-all.

In the top of the ninth, freshman Tazha Williams scored Weaver with an RBI double to put the Pirates up, 3-2, but Eckerd got a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to secure the walk-off win.

Trzaska gave up 10 hits and four runs - three earned - in 8 2/3 innings, walking three while striking out six to take the loss. Reppert, Williams and Corbin each had two hits for the Pirates in the second game.