Armstrong Atlantic splits thrillers
Pirates win first game on walk-off, lose nightcap on walk-off
FLORENCE, S.C. -- No. 8 Armstrong Atlantic State split a pair of seventh-inning thrillers on Sunday, wrapping up action at the FMU Patriot Invitational in Florence, S.C.
The Pirates downed Queens (N.C.), 7-6, on Lauren Wilcox's RBI single in the seventh but fell to No. 17 Bloomsburg, 5-4, on the Huskies' own walkoff single in the seventh.
Armstrong moves to 25-6 on the season with the split on Sunday and will face Queens (N.C.) in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Monday in Charlotte, N.C.
In game one, the Pirates trailed the Royals, 6-4, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning but a two-run home run from senior Baillie Temples tied the game at six. That set the stage for the bottom of the seventh as senior Whitney Galloway led off the inning with a single to center field, and senior Heather Walker's bunt single put runners at first and second. A sacrifice from Brittany Cooley moved the runners up one base and Wilcox then delivered with the game-winning single up the middle for the 7-6 victory.
Shelby Duff (1-0) picked up the win for the Pirates in relief, throwing 4.2 innings of one-hit, two-run ball, walking two while striking out five. April Jowers went 4-for-4 to extend her hitting streak to 36 consecutive games, while Galloway went 3-for-4.
Bloomsburg and the Pirates then locked up in a tight affair that involved five lead changes all the way to the bottom of the seventh. Armstrong scored a run in the first on Alexis Mercer's RBI single, but Bloomsburg notched two runs in the third on Mandi Bear's two-run single.
The Pirates went back on top in the third on a two-run home run from Temples, but the Huskies tied it up in the bottom of the third on Chrissy Belko's single to center field.
Each team plated a run in the sixth inning as Temples added her second home run of the game and third of the day, a solo shot, but Bloomsburg answered with an RBI single by Rachel Fredell.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kayla McHale led off with a single and, after a fly out and a fielder's choice back-to-back singles by Mandy Leach and Bair scored Raychelle Kuhns with the winning run.
Cait Paine (7-0) notched the win for the Huskies, hurling seven innings of seven-hit, four-run ball, striking out three. Celia Blome (3-1) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up 14 hits and five runs -- two earned -- in 6.2 innings pitched, walking three while striking out five.
Temples finished the second game 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Brittany Cooley added two hits and April Jowers went 0-for-2 to see her hitting streak end at 36. That streak is the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division II history and covered the last six games of 2011 and the first 30 games of 2012.