NCAA Tournament: Munafo and Flagler knock off No. 9 Armstrong, 1-0
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Donna Miunafo tossed a two-hit complete game shutout to help lead Flagler College to a 1-0 8-inning win over No. 9 (NFCA Division II Top 25), and No. 2 seed, Armstrong Atlantic State University in the opening round of the Savannah Regional which is part of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Friday afternoon at the Armstrong Softball Field.
Flagler, the No. 7 seed, advances into the winner’s bracket game and will face No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne University, the No. 3 seed, at 11 a.m. tomorrow (May 5). The Saints snapped their six-game losing streak and improved to 35-17. Armstrong has now lost two in a row and fell to 44-10. The Pirates play in an elimination game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. against Catawba College.
Munafo (17-5) was efficient with her pitches as she only tossed 74 in eight innings of work. After allowing a lead-off single in the first, she retired the next 22 batters in a row. Miunafo only allowed two base runners in the entire game. She retired 15 batters on ground outs.
All of the offense came in the top of the eighth. Robyn Draper led off the inning with a single up the middle. Breezy Collings sacrificed her to second and Alona Personius singled to the gap in left-center. Two batters later, Hayley Cravenhit a two-out single into the hole at shortstop where Baillie Temples made a nice diving stop, but she couldn’t get anyone out and Draper easily scored from third.
The Pirates had an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth with a runner at second and only one out, but could not plate the tying run.
Craven went 2-for-4 with the only run batted in for the game.
Megan Barnwell (21-4), the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, also went the distance and scattered seven hits and walked four batters.
Shelby Duff and Brittany Cooley each singled for the Pirates.
Flagler’s seven hits this afternoon were the most it has had since it played Columbus State University on Apr. 1.
Flagler and Lenoir-Rhyne met earlier in the season at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C on Mar. 3. The Bears came away with a 7-4 win.