APSU Women’s Softball
Woodstock, GA – Austin Peay’s softball team got a complete-game pitching effort from junior Ashley Bolda, to end a seven-game losing streak, on Friday afternoon in the opening day of the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic defeating Alabama State 8-1 – after dropping it opener to Mercer 8-0.
Bolda, who was making her second start of the season for Austin Peay (3-12), was in control right from the beginning in scattered eight hits, while striking out five and walking one, as she threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 28 hitters she faced and only went to 2-0 counts to just three batters.Offensively, the Lady Govs got on top early scoring a run in the first inning with freshman Lauren de Castro singling in senior Tiffany Smith, who had reached on an error by Alabama State shortstop Brehanna Rodrigues to open the inning.
Austin Peay would break the game open in the second inning, scoring four times to take a 5-0 lead, with freshman Kayla Davidson, Smith and junior Catie Cozart driving in runs.
Alabama State (3-10) would score its lone run in the top of the third inning, as the Hornets got hits from their first three hitting to open the inning, with Rodrigues driving in the run to make it 5-1.
The Lady Govs would add singles run in fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Davidson picking up her second RBI of the game in the fifth inning and Smith closing out the Lady Govs scoring in the sixth with her third home run of the season.
Smith would finish the game with three runs scored and two RBI.
In the opener, Austin Peay fell into an early hole in the first inning to Mercer (12-6) giving up four runs on a grand slam by Randi Rea, which was set up by an error and two walks.
That would be all the runs that Bears starter Kari Chambers would need, as she limited the Lady Govs to just three base runners on two hits – both by de Castro – and senior Randal Davenport being hit by a pitch.
Mercer would continue to add to its lead by scoring two more runs in the third inning and single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.