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Lady Govs miss early chances in loss to Tennessee Tech

 

APSU Women’s Softball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCookeville, TN – Austin Peay’s softball team couldn’t come up with the big hit when it needed it Sunday afternoon, in its Ohio Valley Conference series finale against Tennessee Tech, as the Lady Govs fell to the Golden Eagles, 3-0.

Despite being limited to three hits, the Lady Govs (11-38, 6-21 OVC) left five runners on base – including three in scoring position – and trailing only 1-0 for most of the contest.

Red-shirt freshman Kristin Whitmire had a single and a walk Sunday versus Tennessee Tech. (Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Red-shirt freshman Kristin Whitmire had a single and a walk Sunday versus Tennessee Tech. (Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Austin Peay’s first scoring chance came in the top of the third inning, in a scoreless game, with the Lady Govs picking up two hits in the inning – a leadoff single by red-shirt freshman Kristin Whitmire and a two-out single by junior Amy Mills to put runner at the corners.

But Tennessee Tech (21-24, 12-14 OVC) pitcher Holly Thomas got out of the inning when Golden Eagle third baseman Brittany Spalding made a diving stop on a hard hit groundball by red-shirt sophomore Jessica Ryan to end the rally and keep the Lady Govs off the scoreboard.

Lauren de CastroThe Lady Govs would also get runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings, with one out each time, but couldn’t get on the board.

In the fourth inning, freshman Lauren de Castro opened the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice by red-shirt sophomore Shelby Norton, but the next two Lady Govs struck out to end the threat.

An inning later, Whitmire drew a walk to open the inning and move to second on a sacrifice by senior Randal Davenport, but Thomas got two ground ball outs to get out of the inning.

Shelby NortonTennessee Tech would score its first run in the bottom of the third inning by taking advantage of a walk and two singles, the second by Lacie Coquerille scoring Tabitha McNew.

It would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Golden Eagles added two insurance runs on Kaleigh Gates’ second home run of the season – a two-run shot just inside the left field foul pole – which also scored Thomas who got on via a base on balls.


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