Six Pirates Earn All-Peach Belt Conference Softball Accolades; Trzaska, Williams Earn Major Awards

Six Pirates Earn All-Peach Belt Conference Softball Accolades; Trzaska, Williams Earn Major Awards

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Armstrong State University senior Jane Trzaska was named the Peach Belt Conference's Softball Pitcher of the Year, while outfielder Tazha Williams was named the Freshman of the Year to highlight the Pirates' honors at the league's annual awards banquet on Thursday evening in Milledgeville.

In addition to the pair of major awards, six Pirates earned All-Conference honors, with three being named to the first team and three to the second team.

Trzaska earned first-team honors as a utility player but shined in the circle, going 13-5 with a 1.32 ERA in 20 appearances for the Pirates in 2017. She leads the league by limiting opponent batters to just a .168 batting average and between February 25th and March 25th, she hurled 41 1/3 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. A two-time PBC Pitcher of the Week honoree during the season, Trzaska becomes the third Armstrong State player to earn PBC Pitcher of the Year honors, joining Katya Eronina (2003 & 2004) and Megan Barnwell (2012). The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native also hit .324 this season with eight home runs and 25 RBI.

Williams, meanwhile, earns Freshman of the Year honors as well as second-team All-Conference honors for her outstanding debut season, hitting .327 with nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 23 RBI. Twenty of her 34 hits this season went for extra bases and she ranks third in the Peach Belt in slugging percentage at .692. She also went the entire season without an error patrolling center field for the Pirates. The Metter, Ga., native was a PBC Freshman of the Week honoree on March 13th, and she is only the second Armstrong State player to earn PBC Freshman of the Year honors, joining Annie Sells (1999).

In addition to Trzaska, two other Pirates earned first-team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Logan Harrell was named a first-team catcher for hitting .364 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBI. The Pembroke, Ga., native earns All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. Junior Katie Collins joins her on the first team as an At-Large selection. The Collins, Ga., native and third baseman hit a team-leading .384 for the Pirates in 2017, with 10 home runs and 32 RBI. She hit two grand slams in one weekend, leading to PBC Player of the Week honors on March 27, and ranks among the league's leaders in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs.

Two other Pirates join Williams on the second team, including redshirt senior first baseman Hannah Reppert. The second leading home run hitter in Peach Belt Conference history, Reppert this season is hitting .315 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI. The Loganville, Ga., native has hit 54 career home runs and also has drawn 26 walks this season, ranking among the Top 10 in the nation in walks per game. She has earned All-PBC honors all four seasons of her playing career.

Shortstop Macy Coleman is the final All-Conference honoree for the Pirates, earning a spot on the second team after earning first-team honors as a freshman last season. The Hazlehurst, Ga., native hit .298 with eight home runs and 25 RBI this season, while committing just six errors at shortstop all year long.

Click here to view the complete 2017 All-Peach Belt Conference Softball release.

The second-seeded Pirates open up play in the 2017 PBC Tournament on Friday, facing seventh-seeded Montevallo at 11:00 a.m. in Milledgeville, on the campus of Georgia College.