SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University freshman catcher Logan Harrell's two-run home run in the sixth inning was the difference as the No. 16-ranked Pirate softball team advanced to the final day of the NCAA DII Softball Southeast Regional #2 with a 2-0 win over Pfeiffer at the Armstrong State Softball Field on Friday.
The Pirates (37-12) advance to face the Falcons at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday with Pfeiffer (39-16) needing to win twice against Armstrong State to advance to the NCAA Southeast Super Regional. Pfeiffer defeated Lenoir-Rhyne, 8-3, in Friday's last game to keep its season alive.
In the top of the sixth inning in a scoreless contest, junior Jane Trzaska led off the inning with a single to shortstop. Harrell then hammered the first pitch from Pfeiffer starter Callie Kuykendall (10-2) off the top of the scoreboard in right center field for the 2-0 lead.
Trzaska (14-4) closed out the win by spinning a three-hit shutout, walking six but striking out seven to notch the win for the Pirates. She threw 115 pitches, 68 for strikes, and stranded nine Falcon baserunners in the game.
Kuykendall took the loss for the Falcons, giving up seven hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, walking four and striking out four.
Harrell finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Trzaska was 2-for-4 at the plate as well. Emma Tuttle led the Falcons by going 2-for-3.
After the Pirates defeated the Falcons, Lenoir-Rhyne eliminted USC Aiken 1-0 to advance to Friday's second elimination game. Pfeiffer broke open a 4-3 game late with two runs in each of the final two innings to earn a rematch with Armstrong State on Saturday.
The Pirates have made two previous NCAA Southeast Super Regional apperances in program history, winning the 2013 Super Regional in Savannah and the 2014 Super Regional in Dahlonega. The 2016 Super Regional will take place on May 11-12 at the highest remaining seed from the regionals currently being held at Armstrong State and at North Georgia.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)