Pirates sweep PBC opponents


Sophomore Autumn Parrish swings for the fences in the team’s game against the Georgia College Bobcats. The Pirates swept their PBC opponents last weekend. Friday, March 18, 2016. (Armstrong Communications)

By Sarah Olin, Staff Writer

The Armstrong State University softball team went undefeated with two road doubleheader sweeps against Peach Belt Conference opponents Georgia College Friday, March 18 and Augusta University Sunday, March 20.

In Friday’s first game, senior Hannah Reppert started the Pirates off with a home run in the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead. The Pirates added four more runs by the fourth inning with an RBI single from senior Michelle Breen, a two-run single by Reppert, and a bases loaded walk to make the score 5-0.

The Bobcats scored twice in the fourth off a wild pitch and an RBI single. An RBI single from sophomore autumn Parrish gave the Pirates a 6-2 lead until the Bobcats came back with two runs off an error, a fielder’s choice, and an RBI single to tie the game.

Junior Jane Trzaska’s two-run single and Breen’s RBI single in the seventh inning gave the Pirates the 10-6 victory. Junior Tori Bates would take the win for the Pirates, while Brooke Taylor took the loss for the Bobcats.

In Friday’s second game, the Pirates took the lead 6-1 by the third inning. Reppert’s two-run shot started them off in the first inning to take the lead, and an RBI single and a three RBI triple in the third inning.

An RBI double by freshman Logan Harrell added another run for the Pirates. The Bobcats would get an RBI single to make the game 7-2, but a solo home run by Parrish capped the scoring to lock up the 8-2 final score.

On Sunday, the Pirates took the lead quickly in the first game against Augusta University in the second inning on Trzaska’s solo home run. Augusta would score twice in the bottom of the third, but freshman Macy Coleman’s two-run homerun gave the Pirates the lead.

Reppert drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh to confirm the win for the Pirates at 4-2. Freshman relief pitcher Sierra Peebles would take the win for the Pirates, while Haley Birkle took the loss for the Jaguars.

In the second game, the Pirates started strong with four runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Breen, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Trzaska. The Jaguars came back with a two run home run and an RBI single to make the game 4-3 in favor of the Pirates.

The Pirates added two more runs when Parrish was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded and Trzaska scored on a passed ball. The Pirates tacked on six more runs in the fifth inning to end the game at 12-3.

The Pirates have now won four straight after starting off 0-2 in the PBC. With a 20-8 record overall and a 4-2 record in the conference, the Pirates hosted Flagler Wednesday, March 23, and will host USC Aiken Friday, March 25 and Lander Saturday, March 26 with doubleheaders both scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.