PBC Tournament: Pirates Fight Off Bearcats to Advance in PBC Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Armstrong Atlantic used a 12-hit performance at the plate on Tuesday afternoon to stave off elimination at the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament and take down Lander University 3-1 at Golden Park.
The Pirates (35-16) survive and advance to take on UNC Pembroke in game 12 of the championship that will take place Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. AASU will have to defeat the Braves in back-to-back games to advance to the championship round.
After their opening-round upset of Columbus State, the Bearcats (29-24) fall in consecutive days to North Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic and are eliminated from the tournament.
The Pirates found themselves with a golden opportunity in the first inning with the bases jammed and Mike Barnhill stepping to the plate with two outs. The sophomore fell behind in the count, but lined a single to right field to plate a run, but Bearcat right fielder Alan Abreu fired home to gun down John Roberts at the plate to end the frame with Armstrong Atlantic settling for the lone run.
Two-out run by the Pirates would be the only offense for their side until the fourth inning when Nick Owen led off and laced a double to the gap in right center to give the Bearcats just their second hit of the game. After an error sent Owens to third, he scampered home on a ground out to knot the score at a run apiece.
Armstrong Atlantic fought right back to take the lead again in the fifth inning, using a double off the wall in left field by Roberts to send Alex Frederick racing home and give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
AASU added another single run in the seventh frame with a Drew Walker liner to left field to cap a three-hit inning, but that would be all they would get as a 4-6-3 double play followed to end the Pirate threat.
Starting pitcher Trent Landa (5-5) would handle the rest for the Pirates, going the distance and allowing four hits and one run to pick up the victory. He walked just one batter and tallied seven strikeouts for the complete-game win.
Brandon Farquhar (4-4) was the tough-luck loser for the Bearcats, lasting 7.0 innings and giving up 11 hits and three earned runs. He walked a pair and added a trio of strikeouts.