YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad opened up its Peach Belt Conference slate successfully by sweeping a pair of games from previously unbeaten Young Harris College on Saturday afternoon at E.D. Rivers Field in Young Harris, Ga. The Pirates won game one, 7-4, and took game two, 6-0.
The Pirates improved to 12-5 overall and 2-0 in the PBC with the wins, while Young Harris fell to 14-2 overall and 0-2 in the PBC. Armstrong State returns to action on Sunday, facing No. 4-ranked North Georgia in a 1:00 p.m. Peach Belt doubleheader in Dahlonega, Ga.
Armstrong State fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of game one thanks to a two-run single by Hannah Harrison. The Pirates took the lead with a four-run fifth inning, getting RBI doubles from Logan Harrell and Connor Weaver as well as a two-run double from Jane Trzaska.
Young Harris tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Kelsey Nix, but the Pirates won the game with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, getting another RBI double from Weaver and a two-run single from Tazha Williams.
Sierra Peebles (7-2) picked up the win for the Pirates, hurling seven innings, giving up six hits and four runs, walking three while striking out one. Nikkie Kovalsky took the loss for the Mountain Lions, giving up three hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work, walking two and striking out two.
Trzaska and Weaver each had two hits and two RBI in the game as the Pirates had six doubles as a team in the contest.
In game two, the Pirates used a two-run home run from Autumn Parrish in the first inning and a four-run fifth inning - including solo home runs from Harrell and Parrish - to pick up the 6-0 win.
Jane Trzaska (4-3) collected the win, hurling a one-hit shutout, walking two while striking out four. Kovalsky (7-2) took the loss in game two, giving up eight hits and six runs in five innings of work, walking one while striking out two.
Parrish's pair of home runs and three RBI led the Pirates at the plate, while Natalie Corbin went 3-for-4.