Armstrong Atlantic crushes Wingate
Bulldog pitchers combine to give up one run on 10 hits
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic State notched a sweep of Wingate on Tuesday, downing the Bulldogs 3-1 and 9-0 in five innings during the second game.
With the sweep, the Pirates improved to 21-4 on the season, while Wingate fell to 14-8.
The Bulldogs struck first in game one, getting a two-out RBI single from Jordyn Setzer in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates responded with three runs in the third inning on an RBI triple by Baillie Temples, an RBI single by Whitney Galloway and a pinch-hit RBI single from Bridget Devlin to take a 3-1 lead.
Caitlin Campbell (10-2) then retired the Bulldogs in the ninth after giving up a leadoff hit to notch the victory. Campbell hurled seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball, walking two and striking out two.
Miranda Paul took the loss in game one for Wingate, giving up six hits and three runs in six innings pitched, walking two while striking out two.
In the second game, the Pirates got an outstanding pitching performance from Celia Blome, making her first start of the year for Armstrong. Blome (1-0) limited the Bulldogs to four hits in five shutout innings and struck out two.
Armstrong did much of its damage in the second inning with home runs. Alexis Mercer got the Pirates on the board by leading off the second inning with a home run. Then, after a two-RBI single from Heather Walker, Brittany Cooley launched a two-run home run in a five-run fourth inning.
Cooley ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run shot for her second homer of the game.
Paul (12-7) took the loss for the Bulldogs in game two, hurling 3 1/3 innings of five-hit, six-run ball, walking two.
Cooley went 2-3 with five RBIs in game two while Baillie Temples went 3-6 with a double and a triple. April Jowers went 1-2 in each game to extend her hitting streak to 31 games, dating back to 2011 -- now the 10th-longest hitting streak in Division II history.
Betsy Braswell and Brittany Loudermilt each had a pair of hits in the doubleheader to lead Wingate offensively.