APSU Women’s Softball
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team starts a key stretch of Ohio Valley Conference games, Thursday afternoon, with a 5:00pm, doubleheader against Tennessee State at Lady Govs Field.
The doubleheader will be the first of five OVC games this week for the Lady Govs (6-22, 1-7 OVC), who haven’t played since last Sunday’s 5-4 win over Eastern Michigan. After a slow league start, APSU looks to get back into the race as only the top six regular-season finishers will qualify for the OVC tournament. APSU currently is in ninth place in the early-season standings, three games out of the sixth and final spot.Tennessee State (7-27, 1-10 OVC) enters the doubleheader in the 11th and last place in the conference standings, having lost its last 10 games and 21 of 22 dating back to February 25th.
Offensively, the Lady Govs are led freshman Lauren de Castro, who comes into the game hitting at a .293 clip – which includes five doubles and two home runs.
Right behind her is senior Tiffany Smith (.286, 3 HR, 16 RBI), and juniors Catie Cozart (.278, 2 HR, 11 RBI) and Amy Mills (.275, 1 HR, 7 RBI).
Tennessee State enters the contest being led at the plate by Tedra Alford (.333, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and Caitlin Eaton (.326, 3 HR, 12 RBI).
Eaton is also the top pitcher for the Lady Tigers, coming in with a 4-11 win-loss record, with 52 strikeouts in 87.1 innings of work.