Armstrong Atlantic wins regular-season title in sweep of Georgia College
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic captured its second Peach Belt Conference regular-season title in a row by sweeping No. 21 Georgia College on Tuesday at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates took game one 2-0 then won the second game 4-0.
Armstrong (35-6-1, 18-4 PBC) claimed its consecutive title and third overall league crown with the double shutout win against Georgia College (34-14, 16-6 PBC), which finished tied for second in the league standings after the losses.
Armstrong picked up double shutout wins for the first time this season as Megan Barnwell spun a three-hit shutout in game one, walking three, while striking out seven to improve to 22-3 on the season.
The Pirates' lone runs in the game came in the second inning as Haley Ellis delivered an RBI single and Kacie Patterson's squeeze bunt brought home the second run.
Dani Gallucci (13-5) took the loss for the Bobcats in game one, giving up seven hits and two runs in six innings of work, walking two and striking out two.
In the second game, the Pirates' Rachel Reynolds held the Bobcats off the scoreboard into the seventh inning. Armstrong got a pair of two-run home runs, first in the fifth inning from Reynolds and then in the sixth inning from Alexis Mercer, which allowed the Pirates to build a 4-0 lead.
The seventh inning saw the Bobcats load the bases with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Barnwell entered and struck out Whitney Okvist and Kristen Brooks to preserve the win and deliver the outright title to the Pirates.
Reynolds (4-0) threw 6.1 innings of four-hit shutout ball, walking five, while striking out three to pick up the win. Barnwell earned her first save of the season with .2 innings of scoreless play in the seventh.
Marisa Boyette (14-6) took the loss in game two for the Bobcats, giving up five hits and four runs in six innings, while walking one and striking out three.
Peyton Roth went 4-for-6 for the Pirates in the doubleheader while Reynolds and Mercer both had two hits and two RBIs.
Taylor Campbell and Kelsea Martin had two hits apiece in the doubleheader for the Bobcats.