SALEM, Va. - The top-ranked and top-seeded Angelo State University softball squad eliminated third-seeded Armstrong State University from the 2017 NCAA Division II Softball Championship with an 8-3 win in the semifinal round at the James I. Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
The Rambelles (60-5) advance to the championship series against either second-seeded Minnesota State Mankato or fourth-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan. Armstrong State sees its season come to a close with a 38-14 record with a third national semifinals finish in the last five seasons. It also represents the final intercollegiate competition for the University as the school will no longer sponsor intercollegiate athletics due to the merger with Georgia Southern University later this year.
Angelo State's Madison Greenwell opened the scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning to give the Rambelles a 2-0 lead.
Senior Jane Trzaska led off the top of the fourth inning with a double, and senior Hannah Reppert laced a one-out single to right center to drive in Trzaska and cut the lead to 2-1. Sophomore shortstop Macy Coleman then followed with a two-run home run down the left field line - her third home run in Salem and her seventh home run of the NCAA postseason - to put the Pirates in front, 3-2.
Angelo State answered in the bottom of the fourth as two-out singles by Danae Bina and Amanda Ramage was followed by a ground ball to first where errors by both Reppert and sophomore Connor Weaver allowed both runners to score and put the Rambelles back in front, 4-3. Bailey Wallace then followed with a two-run single to center field to extend the lead to 6-3.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Angelo State added a pair of insurance runs on a sacrifice fly by Kennedy Urbany and an RBI single from Courtney Barnhill.
Urbany made sure the lead would hold up, hurling three innings of one-hit ball to pick up the save, walking one while striking out four for her third save of the year.
Morgan Hill (9-0) notched the win for Angelo State with four innings of six-hit, three-run ball, striking out four. Trzaska (19-8) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up six hits and six runs - two earned - in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking two while striking out two.
Coleman's 2-for-3 day with two RBI led the Pirates, while both Greenwell and Wallace had two hits and two RBI for the Rambelles.