GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Armstrong State University softball squad launched 10 home runs in picking up a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of host Lander University on Saturday afternoon in Greenwood, S.C. The Pirates won the first game, 9-0, and took the second game, 19-11.
The wins move the Pirates to 15-6 overall and 5-1 in the Peach Belt, while Lander falls to 10-18 overall and 2-4 in the league. Armstrong State will next step out of conference to travel to Shorter for a 1:00 p.m. non-conference matchup with the Hawks on Wednesday, March 15th.
In game one, the Pirates got a two-hit shutout from reigning PBC Pitcher of the Week Jane Trzaska and launched three home runs in picking up the 9-0 win. Trzaska gave up just a pair of singles while striking out eight to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Brianna Surrento (3-6) took the loss for the Bearcats, giving up four hits and six unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings of work, walking one while striking out four.
In the second game, Autumn Parrish's three-run shot staked the Pirates to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Lander plated six runs - highlighted by two-run doubles from Chandler Carey and Jamie Pisel - to take a 6-3 lead after one inning.
In the third inning, Williams hit a solo shot and Parrish hit her second home run of the game, a two-run blast, to tie the game up at 6-all.
A two-run double from Hannah Reppert and an RBI single from Parrish gave the Pirates a 9-6 lead in the fourth inning. Reychel Webster's two-run shot for Lander cut the lead to 9-6 in the fifth inning.
Trzaska had a solo shot in the sixth for a little insurance, then the Pirates exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning - including three home runs, just the third time in PBC history that a team has had three home runs in one inning against a Peach Belt opponent. Collins had a solo blast, then Connor Weaver and Logan Harrell each had two-run shots in the inning.
Lander capped the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a solo home run from Reychel Webster.
Morgan Duff (1-0) picked up her first win of the season as she came on in relief in the first inning and hurled seven innings, giving up seven hits and five runs, walking three while striking out four. McKenzi Ferguson (5-9) took the game two loss for the Bearcats, giving up six hits and nine runs - six earned - in 3 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out four.
Parrish went 3-for-5 with seven RBI to lead the Pirates at the plate in game two.