COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University handed No. 13-ranked Armstrong State University its first Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of the year, winning 5-1 and 10-7 on Saturday evening at Cougar Field.
The Cougars improve to 24-16-1 and 10-4 in the PBC with the wins, while Armstrong State falls to 23-8 overall and 13-3 in the league. The Pirates return to action on Sunday, visiting Georgia Southwestern State for a 1:00 p.m. Peach Belt doubleheader in Americus.
Game one saw senior Hannah Reppert give the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second inning, her 10th of the season and 53rd of her career. She is the first Armstrong State softball player to have double-digit home runs in all four years of play.
Columbus State took the lead with a four-run third inning, capped by a two-run double by Kayleigh Briant. The Cougars added a run in the sixth inning on an error.
Darby Demarest (6-4) picked up the win for Columbus State, limiting the Pirates to just four hits and one run in seven innings, walking two while striking out eight. Senior Jane Trzaska (10-4) suffered her first loss in the circle since February 24th, giving up six hits and five runs - four earned - in six innings, walking three while striking out five.
In game two, the Cougars opened up a four-run lead on a grand slam home run by Elizabeth Perdue in the bottom of the first inning.
The Pirates plated three runs in the top of the fourth, on an error and a Natalie Corbin RBI single, to cut the lead to 4-3.
Perdue added a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-3, then the Pirates' Connor Weaver delivered a two-out two-RBI single in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score at 5-all. Perdue's third home run of the game, a solo shot in the sixth inning, gave the Cougars back the lead at 6-5, then a fielder's choice and a three-run double by Calli Star built the lead to 10-5.
Katie Collins drilled a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning for the final 10-7 margin.
Demarest (7-4) notched the win in relief for the Cougars with two innings of two-hit, two-run relief, striking out one. Morgan Duff (3-1) took the loss for the Pirates in game two, giving up eight hits and six runs in five innings of work, walking one while striking out three.
Reppert went 3-for-4 to lead the Pirates at the plate in game two, while Collins and Weaver each drove in two runs. Perdue finished game two 3-for-3 with three home runs and six RBI for the Cougars.