Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
SAVANNAH, GA - For the second straight season, the Pfeiffer softball team (46-8) saw its season come to an end at the hands of Armstrong St. in the Southeast Regional final. The Pirates (34-12) hit seven home runs in their doubleheader sweep to advance to next week's Super Regional against North Georgia.
Pfeiffer went 2-0 on the first two days of the tournament, meaning Armstrong St. entered the day needing two victories to stay alive. In the opener, the Pirates got five innings of shutout ball from Tori Bates to stymie the Pfeiffer offense. With the bats, Logan Harrell, Macy Coleman and Tazha Williams all clubbed long balls to lead the potent Pirates to a 7-0 victory.
The hosts scored three times in the third and countered with three more in the fourth to jump ahead. Kiana Millsaps started in the circle and dropped to 8-4 by surrendering three runs (one earned) in two innings of work. In total, Pfeiffer used four pitchers to try and slow Armstrong St.
Unfortunately, it was more of the same in the winner-take-all second game. Katie Collins hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first and Coleman followed with a solo shot in the second.
Armstrong St. extended the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth and had the bases loaded with two outs. Coleman deposited a pitch over the left centerfield fence to score all four and evoke the mercy rule as the Pirates advanced with a 10-0 victory.
With the loss, the careers of Emma Tuttle, Sydney Poole, Kaitlin MacMillan and Rachel Crowder come to a close. Additionally, the book is now closed on Pfeiffer University as a NCAA Division II program as the Falcons begin Division III competition in the fall.
Poole wrapped up her career with a brilliant 14-0 mark. Over her final two seasons with Pfeiffer, Poole amassed a 21-2 record and her 38 wins ranks her third all-time. Crowder ranks first in history with 20 career home runs and came just five hits shy of breaking the all-time mark of 179. Crowder also finishes second in program history in doubles and runs batted in.
Freshman Makenzie Pennell set the single season record for batting average (.392), hits (68), slugging percentage (.653), total bases (113) and RBI (57). Sophomore Vada Blue Sherrill tied her mark for most runs in a season, scoring 58 times for the second straight year. Sherrill also tied the single season record for doubles with 15. Stephanie Fortner set a new high for walks in a season, drawing 41 free passes.
The 2017 campaign was Pfeiffer's most successful since the start of the Fast pitch era in 1990. Pfeiffer's 46 wins shattered last year's record total of 39 and the .852 winning percentage crushes the previous high of .730 in 2000.