SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 17-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad split a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with visiting Georgia College on Tuesday at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Bobcats took game one, 4-3, while the Pirates took the second game, 9-3.
The split moves Armstrong State to 27-10 overall and 17-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Georgia College moves to 30-16 overall and 16-6 in the league. The Pirates will wrap up the 2017 regular season on Friday, hosting Augusta at 1:00 p.m. in a Peach Belt doubleheader.
Game one was a game of missed opportunities for the Pirates. Georgia College plated a run on an errant throw by the Pirates on a sacrifice bunt in the second inning, but Armstong State took a 3-1 lead in the third on a bases-clearing three-run double by Autumn Parrish.
The Bobcats plated three runs in the fifth on a bunt single by Danielle Bernstein, a sacrifice fly by Deja Lester and a Faith Flanders RBI single.
Armstrong State left 12 runners on base in the contest and were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position at the plate.
Kayla Price (18-4) pitched the complete-game victory for the Bobcats, giving up seven hits and three runs in seven innings, walking four and striking out four in a 148-pitch performance. Jane Trzaska (12-5) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up five hits and four runs - two earned - in seven innings, walking two while striking out four.
Logan Harrell went 2-for-2 for the Pirates in game one, while Parrish drove in three.
In game two, each team plated a run in the first as Georgia College's Bernstein took home from third when Harrell threw out Holland Coursey stealing second. Harrell's RBI single tied the game up in the bottom of the first.
Georgia College took a short-lived three-run lead in the fifth on Lester's two-run single, but the Pirates sent 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run fifth inning, highlighted by Trzaska's two-run single and Macy Coleman's two-run double. Trzaska then added a solo home run in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Tori Bates (2-1) picked up the win for the Pirates in relief, hurling 2 2/3 innings of three-hit shutout ball, striking out one. Brooke Taylor (5-8) took the loss for the Bobcats in game two, giving up four hits and five runs in 1 2/3 innings, walking one.
Trzaska finished game two 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate, while Hannah Reppert went 3-for-4. Bernstein's 3-for-3 game led the Bobcats.