SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad swept a pair of Peach Belt Conference games from visiting Augusta University in its 2017 regular season finale on Friday at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates won game one, 12-2, and took game two, 8-0, both in five innings.
The wins assure that the Pirates (29-10, 19-5 PBC) will either have the No. 1 or the No. 2 seed heading into next week's PBC Championships, which take place April 21st and 22nd in Milledgeville. For the Pirates to take the No. 1 seed, North Georgia has to lose at least one of its final three games to force a tiebreaker. Augusta falls to 9-41 overall and 4-18 in the league with the loss.
In game one, the Pirates sent 14 batters to the plate in a 10-run first inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from senior Hannah Reppert in building a 10-0 lead. Freshman Tazha Williams had a two-run double as well in the inning.
Sophomore Logan Harrell added a two-run home run in the third inning, while the Jaguars' Erin Rozier blasted a two-run home run in the fourth to account for the final runs.
Senior Jane Trzaska (13-5) picked up the win in the circle for the Pirates, giving up two hits and two runs in four innings of work, walking two while striking out three. Morgan Hunter (4-17) took the loss for the Jaguars, giving up five hits and seven runs in 1/3rd of an inning, walking two.
Junior Katie Collins went 3-for-3 with three runs scored to lead the Pirates offensively in game one.
Game two saw the Pirates get a solo home run from junior Autumn Parrish to open the scoring in the second inning, then an RBI double from Reppert made it a 2-0 Pirate lead in the third.
Sophomore Macy Coleman led off the fourth inning with a solo home run, then Collins launched a three-run home run to make the score 6-0.
The Pirates then clinched the game with two runs in the fifth, on a fielder's choice by Coleman and a sacrifice fly by freshman Natalie Corbin.
Senior Tori Bates (3-1) picked up the win in game two, giving up just two hits and no runs in five innings, striking out three. Kristen Mills (3-19) took the loss for the Jaguars in game two, giving up 11 hits and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out four.
Coleman's two hits and two RBI paced the Pirates offensively in game two.