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Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball lose two nailbiters to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Softball

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s softball team opened up Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday versus Tennessee Tech, at Cheryl Holt Field, with two games that went down to the final pitch in each contest. Unfortunately, for the Lady Govs they were on the wrong side of the final scores, as the Golden Eagles came away with 3-1 and 6-5 victories.

Lauren deCastro had a home run and two doubles in second game versus Tennessee Tech. Austin Peay Women's Softball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Lauren deCastro had a home run and two doubles in second game versus Tennessee Tech. Austin Peay Women's Softball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Game 2 was especially tough for the Lady Govs (6-10, 0-2 OVC), holding a three-run lead going into the top of the sixth inning, but an error opened the door for Tennessee Tech to rally late.

Austin Peay entered the top of the sixth up 5-2, but saw the Golden Eagles cut the margin to two runs on a one-out RBI single by Samantha Everett to make it 5-3.

Angi Sakamoto then followed with a double to put runners on second and third.

Morgan BrewerLady Govs junior starter Morgan Brewer got the second out of the inning on a popup in the infield, with a chance to get out of the inning without any more damage being done.

And that looked like that was going to be the case, as Brewer got Melody Christian to hit a slow roller to sophomore third baseman Kayla Davidson, but her throw was wide up the line and into the batter-runner with the ball winding up in the Lady Govs dugout and the two base runners coming in to tie the score, 5-5.

Lauren de CastroAustin Peay had a chance to retake the lead in the bottom of the inning, when sophomore Lauren de Castro smacked a two-out double to center field – her second double of the game – but Golden Eagles (8-11, 2-0 OVC) pitcher Claudia Harke got freshman Paige Neely to strikes to end the threat.

Tennessee Tech would take the lead in the top of the seventh on a Brittany Spalding RBI single, with one out, scoring her sister Chanelle -who got on with a one-out single and moved into scoring position by stealing second.

The Lady Govs got the tying run on in the bottom of the seventh, with a one-out walk to redshirt junior Jessica Ryan, but Tennessee Tech brought in Game 1 winner Holly Thomas to try to save the game for the Golden Eagles.

She got redshirt junior Shelby Norton on a foul pop to the catcher and Davidson on strikes to end the game.

Austin Peay had trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but scored four times to go up 5-2.

Highlighting the inning was a three-run home run to center field by Ryan – her third of the season – while the fourth run came on a wild pitch allowing Norton to score.

Tennessee Tech took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by Brooke Basten, with Austin Peay responding in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by de Castro.

Brewer (2-4) took the loss; despite striking out a career high nine batters.

In Game 1, Tennessee Tech took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a double by Thomas, scoring Cassie Garrett and Christian, who had reached on singles against Lady Govs starter de Castro (4-2).

Austin Peay would cut the Golden Eagles lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single by Brewer scoring freshman pinch runner Courtney Ervin – who had come in to run for senior catcher Amy Mills, who had doubled.

The Golden Eagles would tack on an insurance run in the top of the seventh on an infield out by Basten.

Austin Peay would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but de Castro fouled out to third to end the game.

The two teams will conclude the three-game OVC series today, with a single game at Cheryl Holt Field, starting at 1:00pm.

Box Score – Game 1

Tennessee Tech vs Austin Peay
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field
3/10/2012 at 1:00pm

Tennessee Tech 3 Austin Peay 1
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Tennessee Tech (7-11, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
Austin Peay (6-9, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 2
Tennessee Tech
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Cassie Garrett 2b 4 1 3 0 0 0 0
Melody Christian cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 3
Chanelle Spalding 1b 4 1 2 0 0 1 0
Brittney Spalding 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Holly Thomas dp 3 0 2 2 1 0 0
Kayla Floyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brooke Basten rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Samantha Everett ss 3 0 0 0 1 0 1
Mekenzie Weems c 2 0 0 0 1 2 3
Tyler Templet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Angi Sakamoto lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Taylor Ketchum p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 30 3 10 3 3 3 9
Batting
2B: Holly Thomas
RBI: Holly Thomas 2; Brooke Basten
Baserunning
SB: Melody Christian; Kayla Floyd
CS: Brooke Basten
Austin Peay
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
deCASTRO p 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
NEELY 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
COZART cf 3 0 1 0 0 2 0
DAVIDSON 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
ANDERSON 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
RYAN lf 2 0 0 0 1 2 0
RASMUSSEN dp 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
BOLDA ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MILLS A c 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
ERVIN 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
NORTON 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
BREWER 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
BRADLEY rf 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
BURROUGHS ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 1 6 1 3 8 6
Batting
2B: MILLS A; BRADLEY
RBI: BREWER
Baserunning
CS: NEELY
Fielding
E: NEELY; NORTON
Tennessee Tech
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
Taylor Ketchum 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Holly Thomas (W, 5-5) 7.0 6 1 1 3 8 0
Totals 7.0 6 1 1 3 8 0
Pitching
Batters Faced: Holly Thomas 28
Austin Peay
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
deCASTRO (L, 4-2) 4.0 7 2 2 3 2 0
BREWER 3.0 3 1 1 0 1 0
Totals 7.0 10 3 3 3 3 0
Pitching
Batters Faced: deCASTRO 23; BREWER 11
Other Information
Location: Clarksville, Tenn.
Stadium: Cheryl Holt Field
Attendance: 125
Duration: 1:57
Umpires: Home plate – Darryl Brasuell , First base – Calvin SIms , Third base – Ken Cato

Box Score – Game 2

Tennessee Tech vs Austin Peay
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field
3/10/2012 at 3:32pm

Tennessee Tech 6 Austin Peay 5
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Tennessee Tech (8-11, 2-0) 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 6 13 0
Austin Peay (6-10, 0-2) 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 8 2
Tennessee Tech
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Cassie Garrett 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
Melody Christian cf 4 1 2 0 0 1 0
Brooke Basten rf 4 1 3 2 0 1 1
Holly Thomas dp 4 0 0 0 0 2 1
Chanelle Spalding 1b 4 1 2 0 0 2 3
Brittney Spalding 3b 4 1 3 1 0 0 0
Kendall Hooper c 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Emma Woo c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samantha Everett ss 4 0 1 1 0 0 2
Kayla Floyd 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Angi Sakamoto lf 3 1 2 0 0 1 1
Claudia Harke p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Erica Tuck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 34 6 13 4 9 8
Batting
2B: Brooke Basten; Chanelle Spalding; Angi Sakamoto
HR: Brooke Basten
RBI: Brooke Basten 2; Brittney Spalding; Samantha Everett
Baserunning
SB: Melody Christian; Chanelle Spalding
Austin Peay
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
deCASTRO 1b 4 2 3 1 0 0 0
NEELY 2b 3 0 0 0 1 1 1
COZART cf 3 1 0 0 1 1 0
RYAN lf 3 1 1 3 1 1 0
RASMUSSEN dp 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
NORTON dp 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
DAVIDSON 3b 3 0 1 0 1 1 1
MILLS A c 3 0 1 0 0 1 1
BREWER p 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
BRADLEY rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 4
BURROUGHS ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 28 5 8 4 5 7 7
Batting
2B: deCASTRO 2; MILLS A
HR: deCASTRO; RYAN
RBI: deCASTRO; RYAN 3
Baserunning
CS: NEELY; DAVIDSON
Fielding
E: DAVIDSON; MILLS A
Tennessee Tech
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
Claudia Harke (W, 1-2) 5.2 5 2 2 4 6 1
Erica Tuck 0.2 3 3 3 1 0 1
Holly Thomas (Sv, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 7.0 8 5 5 5 7 2
Pitching
Batters Faced: Holly Thomas 2; Claudia Harke 25; Erica Tuck 6
Austin Peay
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR
BREWER (L, 2-4) 7.0 13 6 4 0 9 1
Totals 7.0 13 6 4 0 9 1
Pitching
Batters Faced: BREWER 35
Other Information
Location: Clarksville, Tenn.
Stadium: Cheryl Holt Field
Attendance: 125
Duration: 2:12
Umpires: Home plate – Calvin Sims , First base – Ken Cato , Third base – Darryl Brasuell

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