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APSU Lady Govs Softball loses doubleheader to UT Martin Skyhawks

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team’s bid to make the Ohio Valley Conference tournament ended, Saturday afternoon at Cheryl Holt Field, as the Lady Govs were swept by the University of Tennessee Martin 6-5 and 9-0.

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

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

It is the third time in the past four seasons that the Lady Govs (19-32, 7-18 OVC) were eliminated from a possible post-season tournament berth on the last, or next to last, day of the regular season.

It would be the long ball would power the Skyhawks (27-24-1, 14-9 OVC) early with Deven Wilson giving the Skyhawks a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a solo shot over the left field fence, while a three-run homer by Stephanie Nidiffer just inside the left field foul pole capped-off a five-run fifth inning to put Tennessee Martin up 5-1.

Wilson was the lone UTM player to record more than one hit in the opener.

Laurel BurroughsBut Austin Peay wouldn’t go down without a fight, as the Lady Govs rallied to tie the game 5-5 with four runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth – highlighted by a bases-clearing triple off the fence in right field by Laurel Burroughs and a RBI double by Kristin Whitmire.

Burroughs, Whitmire and Rikki Arkansas led the Lady Govs with two hits each.

But it would be the Skyhawks that would push across what turned out to be the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning, as Lauren Smith drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Bella Zizzi.

Kristin WhitmireZizzi would steal second base and move around to third when the throw from Lady Govs catcher Mel Pavel got away.

Taylor Manning would make the Lady Govs pay for the mistake, as her single up the middle scored Zizzi with the go-head run to make it 6-5.

Austin Peay would have a chance to tie, or go ahead, in the bottom of the inning getting runs on second and third – with two outs and the teams’ leading hitter Lauren de Castro coming to the plate.

But Tennessee Martin relief pitcher Brooke Kennedy got de Castro to ground out to second base ending the threat.

Kennedy (6-3) got the win, while de Castro (12-15) took the loss.

Game 2 looked like it was going to be a pitchers’ duel early on, as Lady Govs starter Taylor Mills and the Skyhawks Casey Vincent took no-hitters into the fifth inning.

But UTM got a lead-off double by Vincent, followed by a bunt single by Kayla Wade to move Zizzi – who came in to pinch run – to third.

Vincent finished the nightcap with three hits and three RBI.

Mel PavelLauren Smith would bring in Zizzi with a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 1-0, while Wade scored two batters later on a throwing error by Taylor.

That would open the flood gates for the Skyhawks, as they added two more runs in the sixth inning in a two-run double by Vincent, then break the game wide open with a five-run seventh inning – highlighted by a home run by Samantha McClure.

Austin Peay would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Vincent was able to strand the three runners to seal away her first shutout of the season.

Lauren de CastroPavel led the Lady Govs with two hits, while de Castro became just the third player in school history to record at least 200 career hits, with a sixth-inning double.

Austin Peay wraps up its season today, with the finale of the three-game series with the Skyhawks, starting at noon.

Today will also be Senior Day for the Lady Govs, as they honor their five seniors — Amanda De Vries, de Castro, Davidson, Whitmire and Taylor — in a pregame ceremony, starting about 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

Box Score – Game 1

Tennessee Martin at Austin Peay
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field

Tennessee Martin 6 (26-24-1,13-9 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GLENN, Gabby rf 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
GONZALES, Carly lf 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
NIDIFFER, STEPHANIE 3b 4 1 1 3 0 2 0 4 0
VINCENT, Casey dp 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
WILSON, Deven c 3 1 2 1 0 0 6 1 0
WADE, Kayla cf 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1
SMITH, Lauren 1b 2 0 1 0 1 0 7 1 0
ZIZZI, Bella pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MANNING, Taylor 2b 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1
MCCLURE, Samantha ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
DIXON, Kelsey ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WIEGAND, Elizabeth p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KENNEDY, Brooke p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 26 6 8 6 3 4 21 10 4


Austin Peay 5 (19-31,7-17 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 0
de CASTRO, Lauren p 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 3
SPARKS, Niya 3b 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 1
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 3 1 2 3 0 0 5 1 0
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 3 0 2 1 0 1 4 1 0
GROVES, Chandler dp 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
PAVEL, Mel c 3 0 1 1 0 0 4 2 1
ARKANSAS, Rikki cf 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 28 5 9 5 4 5 21 7 8

 

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Tennessee Martin.... 010 041 0 -  6  8  2
Austin Peay......... 000 140 0 -  5  9  1
-----------------------------------------

 

E – WILSON(5); MANNING(13); PAVEL(4). LOB – UTM 4; Austin Peay 8. 2B – GONZALES(4); WHITMIRE(10). 3B – BURROUGHS(2). HR – NIDIFFER(4); WILSON(4). HBP – GLENN, G. SH – MANNING(6); BURROUGHS(2); WHITMIRE(3). SB – WADE(21); DIXON(9). CS – GLENN, G(3); GONZALES(3).

 

Tennessee Martin ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
WIEGAND, Elizabeth 4.2 6 5 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 18 23 4 5 82
KENNEDY, Brooke W,6-3 2.1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10 11 3 3 41
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
de CASTRO, Lauren L,12-15 7.0 8 6 5 3 4 0 0 1 0 26 31 10 5 102

 

 

Win – KENNEDY (6-3). Loss – DE CASTRO (12-15). Save – None. WP – KENNEDY(7). HBP – by DE CASTRO (GLENN, G).Pitches/strikes: WIEGAND 82/50; KENNEDY 41/27; DE CASTRO 102/68.Umpires - HP: David Lee 1B: Robert Johnson 3B: Allen Hardy

Start: 12:00 pm Time: 2:00

Attendance: 175

Weather: Sunny, 71, Wind:W12

 

Box Score – Game 2

Tennessee Martin at Austin Peay
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field

Tennessee Martin 9 (27-24-1,14-9 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GLENN, Gabby rf 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
GONZALES, Carly lf 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
NIDIFFER, STEPHANIE 3b 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0
LAYNE, Juli pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WILSON, Deven c 4 2 1 1 0 0 8 1 1
VINCENT, Casey p 4 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0
ZIZZI, Bella pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WADE, Kayla cf 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1
SMITH, Lauren 1b 2 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0
MANNING, Taylor 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
DIXON, Kelsey dp 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MCCLURE, Samantha ss 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 28 9 9 8 3 2 21 9 3

Austin Peay 0 (19-32,7-18 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LAKE, Marissa lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
GROVES, Chandler ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0
de CASTRO, Lauren dp 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
SPARKS, Niya 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen ph/3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0
WHITMIRE, Kristin 1b 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 0
PAVEL, Mel c 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0
BROWER, Courtney pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
ARKANSAS, Rikki cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2
GABLE, Christiana ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
MILLS, Taylor p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HOOPER, Sidney p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 26 0 4 0 2 9 21 9 7

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Tennessee Martin.... 000 022 5 -  9  9  1
Austin Peay......... 000 000 0 -  0  4  2
-----------------------------------------

 

E – MANNING(14); BURROUGHS(15); MILLS T(3). DP – Austin Peay 1. LOB – UTM 3; Austin Peay 7. 2B – WILSON(10); VINCENT 3(6); DE CASTRO(10); PAVEL(7). 3B – GONZALES(1). HR – MCCLURE(2). SH – NIDIFFER(6). SF – SMITH(1). SB – WADE(22); DIXON(10); WHITMIRE(5); PAVEL(2). CS – WADE(9).

 

Tennessee Martin ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
VINCENT, Casey W,7-8 7.0 4 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 26 28 3 9 99
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
MILLS, Taylor L,1-3 5.2 6 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 22 26 8 7 83
HOOPER, Sidney 1.1 3 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 7 2 0 31

 

Win – VINCENT (7-8). Loss - MILLS T (1-3). Save – None. PB – PAVEL(10).Pitches/strikes: VINCENT 99/65; MILLS T 83/49; HOOPER S 31/19.Umpires – HP: Robert Johnson 1B: Allen Hardy 3B: David Lee

Start: 2:30 pm Time: 1:53

Attendance: 175

Weather: Sunny, 75, Wind:W17

 


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