No. 4 Armstrong Atlantic runs win streak to 12 with sweep of Lander
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Fourth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University ran its win streak to 12 with a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep of Lander on Sunday. The Pirates won game one, 4-3, and took game two, 8-0, in five innings.
The win streak is the longest for the Pirates (21-5, 6-0 PBC) since an 18-game win streak during the 2012 season, while Lander (6-20, 0-4 PBC) saw its losing streak reach eight with the doubleheader loss.
The Bearcats used three solo home runs in the first game to take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Aubrey Lamar hit a solo shot leading off the second inning and Destiny Clyde followed with a one-out solo home run in the third. The Pirates' Lacye Walker collected an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning, but Emily Marousek led off the top of the fifth with her solo home run for Lander.
The Pirates' Alexis Mercer reached on a throwing error by Lamar to lead off the bottom of the fifth. After Lander starter Mary Katherine Pegram (1-7) retired the next two batters, Hannah Reppert battled Pegram in a 16-pitch at-bat to draw a walk and keep the inning alive, leading to senior Kat Vogler, who homered to left field to put the Pirates in front, 4-3.
Armstrong starter Ollivia McLemore (14-2) then pitched out of a bases-loaded two-out jam in the sixth and retired the order in the seventh to close out the complete-game victory. McLemore went seven innings and gave up five hits and three runs, walking one while striking out seven for the win.
Pegram took the hard-luck loss for the Bearcats in game one, giving up six hits and four runs - one earned - in six innings of work, walking six while striking out two.
Armstrong freshman Jane Trzaska (5-1) limited the Bearcats to just one hit in five innings of work, walking one and striking out two as the Pirates completed the doubleheader sweep with an 8-0 five-inning win in game two.
Senior Andrea Dalton went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including a home run, to pace the Pirates at the plate in game two. Haley Ellis also went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Taylor Crawford (3-7) took the loss in game two for Lander, giving up two hits and four runs in 2.1 innings of work, walking one and striking out three.