SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad got a pair of complete-game shutouts to sweep a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader from visiting Flagler College on Sunday afternoon at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates won both games by a 6-0 score.
The Pirates - who were playing in their home opener after starting the season playing their first 21 games away from home - moved to 17-6 overall and 7-1 in the PBC. Flagler fell to 22-17, 5-5 in the PBC with the losses. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, visiting USC Aiken for a 3:00 p.m. PBC doubleheader.
Jane Trzaska hurled a four-hit shutout in the first game, walking one while striking out six to improve to 7-3 on the season. She has now not given up an earned run in her last 36 1/3 innings of work, dating back to February 25th, 2017.
The Pirates broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the fifth inning, getting a bases-loaded two-RBI single from Natalie Corbin, as well as RBI singles from Autumn Parrish and Hannah Reppert. Armstrong State tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning on bases-loaded walks drawn by Macy Coleman and Tazha Williams.
Ally Marcano (17-5) took the loss for the Saints, giving up five hits and six runs - four earned - in 5-plus innings of work, walking five while striking out eight.
In game two, Sierra Peebles limited the Flagler bats to just three hits, striking out one in picking up the win and improving to 8-3 on the season.
Corbin drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, then the Pirates blasted three home runs in the third inning - a two-run shot for Parrish, a solo shot for Trzaska and a two-run blast for Macy Coleman - to account for the final runs. It was the second straight PBC doubleheader in which the Pirates have hit three home runs in an inning - Armstrong State did so in the seventh inning of a 19-11 win over Lander on March 11.