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APSU Softball’s Lauren de Castro pitches shutout to lead Lady Govs to 3-1 OVC Weekend

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Lauren de Castro picked up her fourth shutout of the season, March 23rd at Cheryl Holt Field, as the Lady Govs defeated Tennessee State 2-0 before dropping a nine-inning slugfest 12-11 in the nightcap of the Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader.

Austin Peay's Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

The senior right-hander from Torrance, CA, de Castro (9-6) limited Tennessee State (14-20, 2-4 OVC) to six hits – all singles – while striking out six and walking none.

Austin Peay (14-15, 3-3 OVC) scored its two runs in the third inning, with Marissa Lake and Kayla Davidson opening the inning with back-to-back singles.

Kristin WhitmireDavidson finished Game 1 with two hits, while teammate Kristin Whitmire had the only extra-base hit for either team with a second-inning double.

A sacrifice by Mel Pavel moved Lake and Davidson to second and third, followed by de Castro ripping a single into left field scoring the pair for the 2-0 lead.

The Tigers would have a couple of scoring chances in the in the fourth and fifth innings – getting a runner in scoring position at second base – but de Castro ended both threats with strikeouts to end the innings.

Shea Morris (7-7) took the loss for TSU, giving up seven hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Kayla DavidsonAs much as Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel, Game 2 was just the opposite with the two teams combining for 33 hits and 23 runs in a nine-inning marathon.

Tennessee State would start things off by scoring its first runs of the day by plating two runs in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Rebekka Gross and Ashley Haynes.

Austin Peay would answer right back in the bottom of the inning with de Castro blasting a two-run homer out to center field – also driving in Lake who had opened the inning with a single.

The Lady Govs would take the lead 3-2 in the second inning on an RBI single by Amanda De Vries, with TSU tying the game with a sacrifice fly by Gross in the third.

It would still be 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Lady Govs would take advantage of an error, wild pitch and a ball lost in the sun to score three runs.

Pavel would reach with a one-out single to start things out, followed by TSU second baseman Courtney Gearlds not being able to field a de Castro groundball cleanly.

Vinchenza DiBenedetto has then hit by a pitch to load the bases, followed by a sacrifice fly by Laurel Burroughs to make it 4-3.

Lauren de CastroA wild pitch on a missed third strike to Whitmire allowed her to reach base, while de Castro scored from third making it 5-3.

The final run of the inning came on a double by Sidney Hooper, which was lost in the sun by TSU center fielder Kiarra Freeman.

Tennessee State would cut the Lady Govs lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning, with Taylor Shimizu scoring on a wild pitch.

Austin Peay looked to put the game away in the bottom of the inning when de Castro ripped her second home run of the game out on a line drive over the left field fence, also scoring Lake to put the Lady Govs up four runs, 8-4.

Vinchenza DiBenedettoBut the top of the seventh inning was a nightmare for the Lady Govs as Tennessee State scored five runs on seven hits to take a 9-8 lead.

Freeman would drive in two runs in the inning, while Gross, Haynes and Liz Stansberry drove in one run each.

Austin Peay would rally to tie the game 9-9 in the bottom of the seventh, with Courtney Brower getting hit by a pitch to open the inning, move to second base on a sacrifice by De Vries, and score after moving to third base on a ground out by Lake came out around on a bad throw to third by TSU first baseman Janya Hanawahine.

An error by Davidson in the eighth inning opened the door for TSU to score twice, with Stansberry taking advantage by dropping a double into short left field scoring Gross and Haynes.

The Tigers would return the favor in the bottom of the inning, with de Castro reaching on an error by Stansberry to open the inning, and two outs and a walk later to Whitmire, scored on a triple by Brower to tie the game 11-11.

But it would be TSU that would push across the final run, with Freeman reaching on an infield single, move to second on a wild pitch, and score on a single by Kate Morris.

Freeman and Hanawahine had four hits each for TSU, while Morris recorded three hits.

DiBenedetto, Whitmire and de Castro had two hits each for Austin Peay.

Shea Morris (8-7) pitched the final three innings in picking up the win, while de Castro took the loss in relief.

Austin Peay is off until next weekend, when they continue OVC play with a three-game road series at Southeast Missouri.

Box Score – Game 1

Tennessee State at Austin Peay
Mar 23, 2014 at Clarksville, TN | (Cheryl Holt Field)

Tennessee State 0 (13-20,1-4 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Lindsey Burgess ss 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kiarra Freeman cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ashley Haynes dp 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
Kate Morris rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1
Jayna Hanawahine 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 0
Rebekka Gross c 3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Courtney Gearlds 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2
Shea Morris p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tayler Shimizu lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Liz Stansberry 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 28 0 6 0 0 6 18 4 7

Austin Peay 2 (14-14,3-2 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 3 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 1
PAVEL, Mel c 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
de CASTRO, Lauren p 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 1
DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 2
De VRIES, Amanda rf/cf 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
ARKANSAS, Rikki cf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
BROWER, Courtney ph/cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 2 7 2 1 3 21 12 6

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Tennessee State..... 000 000 0 -  0  6  1
Austin Peay......... 002 000 X -  2  7  1
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E – K. Morris(2); BURROUGHS(8). LOB – Tenn. State 7; Austin Peay 6. 2B – WHITMIRE(5). SH – PAVEL(2). SB – Burgess 2(3).

 

Tennessee State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Shea Morris L,7-7 6.0 7 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 24 26 11 4 76
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
de CASTRO, Lauren W,9-6 7.0 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 28 28 2 13 99

 


 

Win – DE CASTRO (9-6). Loss – S. Morris (7-7). Save - None. PB – PAVEL(3).Pitches/strikes: S. Morris 76/55; DE CASTRO 99/65.

Umpires – HP: Glenn Kilgore 1B: Brenda Lloyd 3B: Richard Milburn

Start: 11:52 am Time: 1:29

Attendance: 80

Weather: Mostly sunny, 45, Wind:N17

 

Box Score – Game 2

Tennessee State at Austin Peay
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field

Tennessee State 12 (14-20,2-4 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Lindsey Burgess ss 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Kiarra Freeman cf 5 3 4 2 1 1 1 0 1
Jayna Hanawahine 1b 6 2 4 0 0 0 9 1 0
Kate Morris rf 4 1 3 1 1 0 2 0 0
Rebekka Gross c 4 2 2 3 0 0 5 1 1
Ashley Haynes dp 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3
Tayler Shimizu lf 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 2
Liz Stansberry 3b 5 1 2 3 0 1 3 5 0
Courtney Gearlds 2b 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 1 1
Hannah St. Clair p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Shea Morris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 43 12 20 11 3 4 27 12 11

Austin Peay 11 (14-15,3-3 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
GABLE, Christiana ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
GROVES, Chandler ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
ARKANSAS, Rikki pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PAVEL, Mel c 6 1 1 0 0 1 7 3 1
de CASTRO, Lauren rf/p 5 4 2 4 0 0 1 2 0
DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen 3b 3 1 2 0 1 1 4 4 0
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 1
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 4 2 2 0 1 2 7 0 2
HOOPER, Sidney p 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0
MILLS, Taylor p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BLACKWOOD, Allie p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
BROWER, Courtney rf 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 3
Totals 38 11 13 9 4 5 27 14 10

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Tennessee State..... 201 001 521 - 12 20  3
Austin Peay......... 210 032 120 - 11 13  1
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E – Hanawahine(7); Stansberry(15); Gearlds(9); DAVIDSON(12). DP – Austin Peay 1. LOB – Tenn. State 11; Austin Peay 10. 2B – Hanawahine(6); Stansberry(2); HOOPER S(1). 3B – BROWER(1). HR – DE CASTRO 2(5). HBP – Gross; DIBENEDETTO; BROWER. SH – K. Morris(1); Gearlds(3); DAVIDSON(3); HOOPER S(2); DE VRIES(1). SF – Gross(1); BURROUGHS(2). CS – DE VRIES(1).

 

 

Tennessee State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Hannah St. Clair 6.0 12 8 4 2 3 1 0 1 0 28 34 5 10 118
Shea Morris W,8-7 3.0 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 10 14 4 3 68
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HOOPER, Sidney 6.0 12 7 7 2 3 1 0 1 0 26 32 8 6 91
MILLS, Taylor 0.0 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 8
BLACKWOOD, Allie 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 8
de CASTRO, Lauren L,9-6 2.2 6 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 14 14 2 4 48

 

Win – S. Morris (8-7). Loss – DE CASTRO (9-6). Save - None. WP – St. Clair(5); DE CASTRO(3); HOOPER S(4); MILLS T(3). HBP – by HOOPER S (Gross); by St. Clair (DIBENEDETTO); by S. Morris (BROWER). PB – Gross(15).Pitches/strikes: St. Clair 118/79; S. Morris 68/44; HOOPER S 91/65; MILLS T 8/3; BLACKWOOD 8/4; DE CASTRO 48/36.

Umpires – HP: Brenda Lloyd 1B: Richard Milburn 3B: Glenn Kilgore

Start: 1:53 pm Time: 3:01

Attendance: 80

Weather: Sunny, 45, Wind:N14

HOOPER S faced 3 batters in the 7th.
MILLS T faced 2 batters in the 7th.

 


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