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Lady Govs shutdown by No. 18 Kentucky

 

APSU Women’s Softball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s softball team didn’t have any answers for the No. 18-ranked Kentucky’s pitchers or hitters Wednesday afternoon, as the Lady Govs gave up 29 runs – while having two perfect games thrown against them – in 16-0, 13-0 losses to the Wildcats.

Kentucky pitchers Chanda Bell and Rachel Riley were dominate in the circle for the Wildcats, with Bell striking out 15 of the 18 Lady Govs she faced in Game 1, while Riley got 11 of her 15 outs with balls that never left the infield coming on seven ground outs and four strikeouts.

 

University of Kentucky Pitcher Chanda Bell firing one of her blasts towards the APSU Lady Govs Softball team

University of Kentucky Pitcher Chanda Bell firing one of her blasts towards the APSU Lady Govs Softball team

In fact, the two Kentucky pitchers only had one three-ball count the entire day, that coming in the third inning of the second game to Lady Govs sophomore Morgan Brewer – who worked it to a full count, but grounded out to third.

Offensively, Kentucky (27-7) pounded out 24 hits against the Lady Govs (8-27) pitching staff in the doubleheader, with half going for extra-bases, by the way of six doubles and six home runs.

It was their extra-base hitting that got the Wildcats the early lead in Game 1, with Kara Dill doubling in the first run of the day for Kentucky three hitters into the game, while Samantha DeMartine hit a two-run homer two batters later for the quick 3-0 lead.

Austin Peay’s pitching would hold Kentucky to those three first-inning runs until the top of the sixth inning when the Wildcats exploded for 13 runs on six hits, while also taking advantage of three Lady Gov errors.

Overall the Wildcats had 11 hits in the opener, with DeMartine and Ashleigh Gustafson driving in three runs each.

Game 2 opened with a bad omen right off the bat, with Kentucky leadoff hitter Meagan Aull hitting a ball that bounded off the top if the fence in left field and over for a home run.

That would be the first of four runs scored by the Wildcats in the inning, with Kentucky adding a single run in the second inning, seven in the fourth and a final run in the fifth for the 13-0 margin in the nightcap.

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