SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 17-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad split a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with the University of Montevallo on Senior Day, Saturday at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates won game one, 9-0, in six innings but fell in game two, 6-0.
The split keeps the Pirates (26-9, 16-4 PBC) atop the Peach Belt Conference standings, one half game ahead of North Georgia heading into the final week of regular season play. Montevallo moves to 19-19 overall and 8-9 in the PBC standings. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Georgia College in a 2:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.
In game one, the Pirates scored all nine of their runs as a result of three big hits - Logan Harrell's grand slam home run in the first inning, Macy Coleman's two-RBI double in the fourth and Jane Trzaska's three-run home run in the sixth.
Trzaska (12-4) limited the Falcons to just two hits in six innings of work to notch the win in the circle, striking out five. Jocelyn Rivera (11-7) took the loss for the Falcons, giving up nine hits and nine runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, walking four.
In game two, it was Abbey Pratt who dominated in the circle for the Falcons, shutting out the Pirates on seven hits in seven innings, walking one while striking out seven to improve to 8-11 on the season. Senior Tori Bates, making her first appearace for the Pirates since February, took the loss, giving up three hits and one run in four innings, striking out three.
Montevallo broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth inning with three runs - only one earned - and tacked on a run in each of the last two innings.
Connor Weaver's two hits led the Pirates in game two, while Lady Sarah Federico's 3-for-4 day led the Falcons.
After the doubleheader, the Pirates honored their five seniors in a ceremony - Bates, Trzaska, Hannah Reppert, Bethany Ballard and Savanna Gladue were all recognized for their outstanding contributions to Armstrong State softball.