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Austin Peay State University Softball plays SIU Edwardsville Cougars to open OVC Season

 

Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. SIU Edwardsville

Saturday-Sunday, March 15th & 16th
Edwardsville, IL | Cougar Field

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University’s softball team will open up the Ohio Valley Conference part of its 2014 schedule this weekend, when they to Illinois to face the SIU Edwardsville Cougars.

APSU Lady Govs Softball.

APSU Lady Govs Softball.

The two teams will play a three-game series, starting with a 1:00pm Saturday doubleheader at Cougar Field and conclude with a single game on Sunday, also starting at 1:00pm.

This will be the first action for the Lady Govs (9-12, 0-0 OVC) since last Saturday, when they split a doubleheader at Miami (Ohio), while the series will be the first home games of the season for SIUE (6-14, 0-0 OVC).

Lauren de CastroOffensively, Austin Peay is led by senior Lauren de Castro, who enters the weekend batting .415 – including five doubles and two home runs.

Sophomore Mel Pavel is also off to a solid start at the plate, hitting at a .317 clip, with three doubles and a team-high 16 RBI.

Junior Laurel Burroughs is also coming into the weekend coming off her best week of the season, authoring a .333 batting average this past week – including blasting three home runs in those four games.

Laurel BurroughsFor SIUE, they have no players hitting over .300 so far this season, but are led by Haley Chambers .294 batting average – while Allison Smiley leads the Cougars with 12 RBIs.

In the circle, de Castro tops the Lady Govs pitching staff with a 6-4 win-loss mark – including a 3.80 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work.

Much like the Lady Govs de Castro, Chambers not only leads the Cougars at the plate she also their top pitcher with a 3-10 record, with a solid 2.69 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 86 inning pitched so far this season.


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