Denver, CO – The Armstrong Pirates faced Humboldt State in the first round of the NCAA DII Softball Championships. The Pirates fell to 5th ranked Humboldt State, 3-2. Armstrong prepares to play tomorrow, Wednesday May 18th in an elimination game.
ARTICLE FROM ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS:
The No. 5-ranked Humboldt State University softball team plated three runs in the fourth and held on for a 3-2 win over No. 16-ranked Armstrong State University on the first day of the NCAA DII Softball Championships at the Regency Athletic Complex on the campus of Metro State on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lumberjacks (51-5-1) advance in the winner’s bracket to face West Texas A&M – 4-0 winners over Grand Valley State in Tuesday’s first game – at Noon on Wednesday. Armstrong State (40-14) will face the Lakers in an elimination contest on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third inning, Illa Haley led off the inning for Humboldt State with a single. A sacrifice moved her over to second, then Sydney Roberts followed with an RBI single to center field to put the Lumberjacks up 1-0. An intentional walk to Hanna Holland and a double steal put runners at second and third, then an illegal pitch called against Bates plated the second run. A passed ball on a walk to Winona Vigil then plated the third run of the inning.
Humboldt State pitcher Madison Williams (25-2) held the Pirates hitless through five innings. Senior second baseman Peyton Roth broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the sixth inning, then two outs later, freshman Logan Harrell followed with a two-run home run to cut the lead to one run, 3-2.
Williams set down the Pirates in order in the seventh to claim the win. She hurled seven innings, giving up just two hits and two runs, walking two while striking out eight. Tori Bates (16-9) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up four hits and three runs – two earned – in five innings of work, walking four and striking out two.