APSU Sports: Austin Peay Softball
Clarksville, TN – Junior Morgan Brewer recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts, while limiting Tennessee State to five hits on Thursday at Cheryl Holt Field, as Austin Peay’s softball team closed out its four-game home stand with a 6-0 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Tigers.The Lady Govs (10-16, 4-8 OVC) went 3-1 over the home stand — with Brewer (5-7) picking up all three victories — but none was more dominating than Thursday’s shutout, with TSU only getting one runner to second base after the first inning — when they loaded the bases but couldn’t push a run across.
But as good as Brewer was pitching, Tennessee State (10-18, 3-6 OVC) starter Shea Morris (7-10) was matching her though the first three innings, with neither team being able to put anything up on the scoreboard in a 0-0 deadlock.
It started with senior Ashley Bolda, in the number seven spot in the lineup, who doubled down the left field line after TSU got the first two Lady Govs out.
Austin Peay would then catch a break on a ground ball off the bat of freshman Sarah Rasmussen, as Tiger third baseman Jordan Rehl couldn’t come up with the ball, putting runners at first and third.
Austin Peay would make TSU pay for that second life, with freshman Paige Neely ripping a double off the right center field fence to drive in Bolda and Rasmussen all the way around from first base for a 2-0 lead.
That would bring up the Lady Govs leading hitter and RBI producer, in sophomore Lauren de Castro, who brought in Neely with Austin Peay’s third double of the inning to increase the lead to 3-0.
That would be more than enough for Brewer, as she recorded six of her 10 strikeouts over the final three innings of play.
She was followed by senior Jessica Ryan, who drew the only walk given up by Morris on the day.
Neely followed with her second double of the day to drive in Bolda and de Castro singled in Ryan, with Neely also scoring on the play on an error by Tennessee State to make the score 6-0.
Neely and de Castro had three hits for the Lady Govs.