SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 16-ranked and second-seeded Armstrong State University softball squad advanced to the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Super Regional with a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Pfeiffer on Saturday afternoon at the Armstrong State Softball Field.
The Pirates (38-12) will now advance to play top-seeded and fourth-ranked North Georgia in a best-of-three game Super Regional on May 11-12 in Dahlonega, with the winner advancing to the DII Spring Sports Festival in Denver, Colo., on May 17-21. Pfeiffer closes out its deepest NCAA postseason run ever with a 39-17 overall record.
With the game scoreless heading into the top of the fifth inning, Armstrong State sophomore Autumn Parrish hit a first-pitch home run to left center field off of Pfeiffer's Callie Kuykendall (10-3) to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, junior Tori Bates (16-7) kept the Falcon batters hitless through five innings. Jaclyn Boever's pinch-hit leadoff single in the sixth inning for Pfeiffer was the lone hit in the game as Bates allowed just two runners on the entire game. She set down the Falcons in order in the seventh and threw just 86 pitches - 57 for strikes - in picking up the win.
Kuykendall pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, giving up one run and one walk while striking out seven to take the loss for Pfeiffer.
Parrish finished the game 2-for-3 with the game-winning home run to lead the Pirates offensively, while Jane Trzaska also had two hits in a 2-for-3 performance.
POST GAME QUOTES
"I was really proud of these girls this weekend, especially defensively," Armstrong State head coach Ted Evans said. "No errors, played flawlessly. On offense it's been fun because it's been a different person who's come through for us."
"We're playing really well right now," sophomore designated player Autumn Parrish said. "Our defense is solid, our hitters are seeing the ball really well. And we're excited to be seeing North Georgia in the Super Regional."
"We're gonna have to play our game, push as hard as we can to the best of our ability [in the Super Regional]," junior pitcher Tori Bates said. "Our game has gotten us this far and it's how we know how to play."
(From Armstrong State University Reports)