Denver, CO – The Armstrong Pirates faced the Grand Valley State Lakers in an elimination game today, Wednesday, May 18th. The 16th ranked Pirates defeated the Lakers, 7-4 in the DII Softball Championship. Armstrong will face Adelphi tomorrow, Thursday May 19th in another elimination game.
ARTICLE FROM ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS:
The No. 16-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad staved off elimination at the DII Softball Championships with a 7-4 win over Grand Valley State on Wednesday afternoon at the Regency Athletic Complex in Denver, Colo.
The Pirates (41-14) advance to face Adelphi in another elimination game at 2:00 p.m. CT on Thursday. Grand Valley State sees its season come to a close with a 43-13 record.
The Lakers struck first in the contest, scoring a run with a bases-loaded walk drawn by McKenzie Supernaw to take a 1-0 lead.
Armstrong State would answer back in the top of the fourth inning as junior Hannah Reppert would lead off the inning with a solo home run, then freshman Logan Harrell‘s double to center field scored junior Jane Trzaska with the second run to put the Pirates up 2-1.
Three runs in the sixth by Armstrong State staked the Pirates to a 5-1 lead, thanks to RBI singles by freshman Macy Coleman and senior Ashley Sterritt, along with a sacrifice fly by sophomore Autumn Parrish. GVSU got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI sinble by Janae Langs, but Reppert then delivered her second home run of the game – a two-run shot – in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 lead.
Supernaw would blast a two-run home run for the Lakers in the bottom of the seventh, but Trzaska would strike out Shannon Flaherty to end the game and keep the Pirates’ postseason alive.
Reppert’s two home runs make her just the second Armstrong State player to record 20+ home runs in a single season, joining Alexis Mercer (26, 2014). She finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Trzaska (17-4) notched the win for the Pirates, winning her third straight elimination game by giving up seven hits and four runs in seven innings, walking four and striking out three. The Lakers’ Courtney Reinhold (10-5) took the loss, giving up three hits and two runs in 3 1/3 innings of work, walking one.