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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Softball splits doubleheader with Eastern Kentucky Colonels

 

Kristin Whitmire, Chandler Groves power Lady Govs past EKU

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSURichmond, KY – Kristin Whitmire hit two home runs and Chandler Groves added a grand slam to power Austin Peay State University’s softball team past Eastern Kentucky University 8-4, April 19th at Gertrude Hood Field, in the nightcap of their Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader after falling to the Colonels 3-0 in the opener.

Austin Peay Softball. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (19-27, 7-13 OVC) trailed Eastern Kentucky 3-1 heading into the top of the fourth inning, but loaded the bases on a Niya Sparks fielder’s choice, a Laurel Burroughs and a Whitmire hit by pitch.

That brought up Groves, who jumped on EKU (25-16, 13-6 OVC) starter Leanna Pittsbarger’s first pitch and hammered the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam home run and a 5-3 lead.

The home run was Groves’ first career homer.

Kristin WhitmireThe score would remain 5-3 until the top of the sixth inning, with Lauren de Castro opening the inning with a single and move into scoring position by a Sparks sacrifice.

Burroughs would then walk, bringing up Whitmire – who homered in the second inning to get the Lady Govs on the board.

Whitmire, who entered the contest with only one homer total this season, blasted a 2-2 Hayley Flynn pitch over the center field fence for a three-run homer and a 8-3 lead.

The second home run by Whitmire also tied the school single-game record for home runs in a contest.

Chandler GrovesAustin Peay starter Sidney Hooper (4-5) would pitch out of a base-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the inning – giving up only one run on a fielder’s choice by Kayla Joyce – and still holding a four-run advantage, 8-4, heading into the seventh inning.

But Eastern Kentucky wouldn’t go down without a fight in their final at bat, with Christina Ciolek drawing a walk to open the inning followed by a single by Sarah Fobbs — who had given the Colonels the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run homer.

Hooper wouldn’t crack though, as she got Shannon McQueen to hit into a fielder’s choice for the first out, and then induce Jessica Gregg to hit into a 6-3 game-ending double play to seal away the 8-4 victory.

Hooper scattered 12 hits in the win, while striking out two and walked just one.

Pittsenbarger (17-8) took the loss giving up five runs on five hits.

In Game 1, Eastern Kentucky got a complete-game two-hitter from Pittsenbarger, who also struck out 16 Lady Govs in the victory.

Taking the Game 1 loss was de Castro (12-12), who pitched well in giving up just one earned run on seven hits, but two Austin Peay errors allowed the Colonels two unearned runs.

Groves and de Castro had the two Lady Govs hits – both singles.

The Lady Govs are off until April 26th, when they make their final road trip of the 2014 regular season, when they travel to Charleston, IL to face Eastern Illinois University in a three-game OVC series.

Box Score – Game 1

Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky
Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Richmond, KY | Gertrude Hood Field

Austin Peay 0 (18-27,6-13 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 1
PAVEL, Mel c 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0
de CASTRO, Lauren p 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
SPARKS, Niya 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 1 1
GROVES, Chandler dp 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
ARKANSAS, Rikki cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Totals 22 0 2 0 0 16 18 12 2


Eastern Kentucky 3 (25-15,13-5 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
JOYCE, Kayla dp 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CAMPOS, Krislyn ss 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
CIOLEK, Christina 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
FOBBS, Sarah lf 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
McQUEEN, Shannon 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TACKETT, Katie c 2 0 0 0 1 1 16 0 0
SCHENASI, Haley pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MITCHELL, Lauren 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3
MURRAY, Amber cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
HEITZ, Nicole rf 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
PITTSENBARGER, L. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 24 3 7 2 3 2 21 2 9

 

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Austin Peay......... 000 000 0 -  0  2  2
Eastern Kentucky.... 001 020 X -  3  7  0
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E – SPARKS(5); BURROUGHS(13). LOB – Austin Peay 2; Eastern Ky. 9. 2B – CIOLEK, C.(8); FOBBS, S.(5). HBP – FOBBS, S.. SH – SPARKS(3); JOYCE, K.(3); McQUEEN, S.(3). SB – FOBBS, S.(5).

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
de CASTRO, Lauren L,12-12 6.0 7 3 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 24 30 6 9 94
Eastern Kentucky ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
PITTSENBARGER, L. W,17-7 7.0 2 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 22 23 3 2 95

 

 

Win – PITTSENBARGE (17-7). Loss - DE CASTRO (12-12). Save – None. HBP – by DE CASTRO (FOBBS, S.).Pitches/strikes: DE CASTRO 94/54; PITTSENBARGE 95/68.Umpires - HP: Michael Macedonia 1B: Tammy Tolley-Delorey 3B: Edward Clark

Start: 12:55 pm Time: 1:33

Attendance: 133

Weather: Sunny, 70, Wind:NE14

 

Box Score – Game 2

Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky
Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Richmond, KY | Gertrude Hood Field

Austin Peay 8 (19-27,7-13 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BEAM, Christina ph/ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 3 0
PAVEL, Mel c 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
ARKANSAS, Rikki pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
de CASTRO, Lauren rf 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1
SPARKS, Niya 3b 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 2
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 0
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 2 3 2 4 0 0 8 1 0
GROVES, Chandler dp 3 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda cf 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
BROWER, Courtney ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
HOOPER, Sidney p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 29 8 10 8 1 9 21 11 3


Eastern Kentucky 4 (25-16,13-6 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
JOYCE, Kayla dp/cf 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
CAMPOS, Krislyn ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 3 1 4
CIOLEK, Christina 1b 3 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 0
FOBBS, Sarah lf 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
McQUEEN, Shannon 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
TACKETT, Katie c 3 0 2 0 0 1 8 0 0
SCHENASI, Haley pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GREGG, Jessica pr/dp 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
MITCHELL, Lauren 2b 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
MURRAY, Amber cf/c 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
HEITZ, Nicole rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
PITTSENBARGER, L. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FLYNN, Hayley p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
SALLBERG, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 4 12 4 1 2 21 8 8

 

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Austin Peay......... 010 403 0 -  8 10  1
Eastern Kentucky.... 300 001 0 -  4 12  0
-----------------------------------------

 

E – SPARKS(6). DP – Austin Peay 2; Eastern Ky. 1. LOB – Austin Peay 3; Eastern Ky. 8. 2B – TACKETT, K.(5). HR – WHITMIRE 2(3); GROVES(1); FOBBS, S.(8). HBP – WHITMIRE. SH – SPARKS(4).

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HOOPER, Sidney W,4-5 7.0 12 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 32 33 6 11 97
Eastern Kentucky ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
PITTSENBARGER, L. L,17-8 3.2 5 5 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 16 17 5 1 57
FLYNN, Hayley 1.2 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 8 0 3 33
SALLBERG, Alex 1.2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 2 30

 

 

Win – HOOPER S (4-5). Loss – PITTSENBARGE (17-8). Save – None. HBP – by PITTSENBARGE (WHITMIRE).Pitches/strikes: HOOPER S 97/68; PITTSENBARGE 57/40; FLYNN, H. 33/20; SALLBERG, A. 30/23.Umpires – HP: Tammy Tolly-Delorey 1B: Edward Clark 3B: Michael Macedonia

Start: 2:58 pm Time: 1:55

Attendance: 133

Weather: Sunny, 72, Wind:NE12

 


About Chris Austin

    Chris Austin

    Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.

    Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.

    Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.

    Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

    Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
    Email: chris_austin24@yahoo.com

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