No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic sets Peach Belt record with eight home runs
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic launched a Peach Belt Conference-record eight home runs -- including an NCAA Division II record-tying four from sophomore Hannah Reppert -- to knock off GRU Augusta 20-0 in five innings to earn a Peach Belt Conference split with the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. GRU Augusta took Game 1 in the doubleheader, 4-1.
Armstrong put up eight runs in the second inning of Game 2, getting four home runs the inning -- two from Reppert as well as a two-run shot from Alexis Mercer and a two-run blast from Haley Ellis to stake the Pirates to an 8-0 lead. The Pirates then scored six in the third inning, getting a three-RBI double from Mercer and a two-run shot from Reppert in the inning to build a 14-0 lead.
Mercer contributed her second home run of the game, a three-run shot, in the fourth inning while Lacye Walker added a two-run shot and Reppert hit her final homer of the game, a solo shot, for the final 20-0 scoreline.
The eight home runs by the Pirates eclipses the previous Peach Belt Conference record of seven home runs, set by Lander vs. USC Upstate on April 4, 1997. Reppert's four home runs breaks the conference record of three home runs in one game, set five times previously, while tying the NCAA Division II single-game record. Reppert is the sixth player in DII history to launch four home runs in one game and the first since Humboldt State's Alicia Reid hit four against Cal State San Bernardino on March 23, 2012.
Reppert was 4-for-4 with her four home runs and six RBI in Game 2, while Walker went 3-for-4 with six RBI and Mercer went 2-for-3 with five RBI.
Jane Trzaska (6-2) picked up the win with two innings of shutout ball for the Pirates in game two, while GRU Augusta's Paige Deschaine (8-12) took the Game 2 loss, giving up four hits and six runs in 1.2 innings of work, walking two while striking out two.
In game one, GRU Augusta used a two-run home run from Kristen Bagley in a three-run third inning to clip the Pirates 4-1.
Ollivia McLemore (16-3) suffered her first loss in her past 10 decisions, giving up five hits and four runs -- one earned -- in six innings of work, walking four while striking out four.
Haley Birkle (6-13) picked up the win, hurling seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball, striking out one for the victory.
Bagley went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Jaguars offensively in Game 1, while the Pirates were led by two hits apiece from Walker and Haley Ellis.