Winning Big

(April 25, 2013) Armstrong coach Joe Roberts became NCAA Division II's all-time winningest head baseball coach with the Pirates' Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader sweep of No. 10-ranked UNC Pembroke on Sunday, April 21 at Sammy Cox Field in Pembroke, N.C. The Pirates won game one, 13-8, and took game two, 6-4 to sweep the weekend PBC series from the Braves.

The first win of the doubleheader was the NCAA-recognized 1,309th career coaching victory for Roberts, moving him ahead of Valdosta State's Tommy Thomas, who accumulated a 1,308-825 record in 40 seasons at Valdosta State. With the second win, Roberts is now 1,310-635 at Armstrong in his 34 seasons as the head coach of Pirate baseball.

Robert's win wasn't the only milestone of the weekend. In the first game of the series against the Braves, Armstrong won its 1,500th game in program history. The record-breaking win in the game saw the Pirates score in each of the first six innings, including a three-run first inning and a big five-run third inning, keyed by RBI singles by R.J. Dennard, Will Thomas and Casey Maloney.

Armstrong honored coach Roberts for his milestone achievement and the program's 1,500th win in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, April 28, prior to the Pirates' PBC baseball game against Lander. Former Armstrong players came back to Savannah and Pirate Field to join the university in honoring both coach Roberts and the entire baseball program on its outstanding accomplishments.