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Armstrong A Win Away From Title Series

May 19, 2016

DENVER, Colo. - The No. 16-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad won a pair of elimination games to keep playing at the 2016 NCAA DII Softball Championships at Metro State on Thursday. The Pirates blanked Adelphi, 1-0, and beat No. 5 Humboldt State, 3-2, to advance to Friday's play.

Armstrong State (43-14) will now face Humbolt State (52-6-1) on Friday for a berth into the DII Championships Series. The game time will be either Noon CT (if Southern Arkansas wins tonight's game) or 2:30 p.m. CT (if North Alabama wins). The DII Championships series is a best-of-three affair wit the first game taking place Friday evening.

The Pirates had to rally from an early deficit against the Lumberjacks to keep their season alive. Humboldt State scored single runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. Armstrong State came back with a pair of runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Michelle Breen and Peyton Roth to tie the game at 2-2.

Armstrong State scored the deciding run in the fifth inning as pinch runner Emily Swafford scored from second on Jane Trzaska's single and subsequent error on Humboldt State left fielder Illa Haley.

Humboldt State had runners on in each of the final two innings, but the Pirates turned inning-ending double plays both times to preserve the win.

Jane Trzaska (19-4) hurled the complete-game win for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and two runs, walking four while striking out three. Madison Williams (25-3) took the loss for the Lumberjacks, giving up nine hits and three runs - only one earned - while striking out one in six innings.

In the Pirates' first game of the day, Trzaska limited Adelphi (42-14) to just two hits, striking out five in a 1-0 victory over the Panthers in the second elimination game that Armstrong State faced at the DII Championships.

Armstrong State got its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBi single by sophomore Autumn Parrish that went off the glove of Adelphi third baseman Breanna Martini into shallow left field, allowing Logan Harrell to score from second base. 

Lindsay Mapes (22-14) took the loss for the Panthers, giving up seven hits and one run in six innings, walking four and striking out two.

The three wins for Armstrong State are a program best at the DII Championships and improved the Pirates' overall record to 6-5 in the three years the Pirates have played at the finals. 

(From Armstrong State Reports)

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