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Austin Peay State University softball sweeps Southeast Missouri State to keep post-season hopes alive

 

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University kept its slim post-season dreams alive, Sunday afternoon at Cheryl Holt Field, as the Lady Govs swept an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader from Southeast Missouri 6-0 and 6-5.

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball's Shelby Norton.

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball’s Shelby Norton.

The Lady Govs (17-24, 8-15 OVC) entered the day in 10th place in the conference standings — the top eight teams making the OVC tournament field — and trailing Morehead State by two games and Southeast Missouri by one in the standings.

But Austin Peay junior Lauren de Castro (8-11) pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 1 by getting out of jams in the first and third innings, but settling down to allow the Redhawks only one base runner over the final 4 2/3 innings.

Lauren de CastroAlong with the three hits — all singles — de Castro struck out five and walked two, in needing only 91 pitches over her seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Lady Govs jumped on SEMO (15-29, 6-15 OVC) starter Taylor Cowan for four runs in the bottom of the first inning, with de Castro driving in the first two with a double and freshman Mel Pavel the other two on her second home run of the season.

Austin Peay would add two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the first coming on a double steal, with senior Jessica Ryan scoring; the other on an RBI single by sophomore Laurel Burroughs.

Courtney BrowerBurroughs and freshman Courtney Brower would have two hits each to lead APSU, while Xia Wilson had two of SEMO’s three hits in the opener.

In Game 2, Southeast Missouri took its first lead of the day, 1-0, in the top of the second inning on and RBI single by Leah Becker.

But Austin Peay would respond with four runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by freshman Marissa Lake and the other two coming in on junior Kayla Davidson’s sixth home run of the season.

The Redhawks would put up a four-run inning of their own in the third inning, with Cowan driving in two with a single and Simone Patterson driving in two with her sixth home run of the season to put SEMO back up 5-4.

Austin Peay would take the lead back for good with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Lake driving in one of the runs with a double, while Davidson drove in the other with an RBI single.

Lake and Davidson had two hits each for Austin Peay, while Alexis Anderson had three hits to top Redhawks hitters in the nightcap.

Senior Morgan Brewer (7-10) got the win for the Lady Govs, despite giving up 10 hits and a walk – she struck out two.

Cowan took the complete-game loss, giving up seven hits and striking out two.

The two teams will conclude the three-game OVC series April 29th at Cheryl Holt Field, starting at noon.

Box Score – Game 1

Southeast Missouri at Austin Peay
April 28th, 2013 at Clarksville, TN (Cheryl Holt Field)

Southeast Missouri 0 (15-28,6-14 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
ANDERSON, Alexis cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WILSON, Xia 1b 3 0 2 0 0 1 7 1 1
PATTERSON, Lindsey dp 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
COWAN, Taylor p/lf 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
PATTERSON, Simone rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
ZINK, Kaitlin ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
SMITH, Chelsea c 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
BECKER, Leah 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0
WOODWORTH, Jamie ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
SMITH, Brittany ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GASS, Kelsey lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLEMONS, Hannah p 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
MESA, Elysia 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0
Totals 24 0 3 0 2 5 18 11 5
Austin Peay 6 (16-24,7-15 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 0
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0
de CASTRO, Lauren p 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 2
PAVEL, Mel c 3 1 1 2 0 1 6 0 0
NORTON, Shelby 3b 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0
GUEST, Abby 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
RYAN, Jessica cf 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
BROWER, Courtney rf 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
LAKE, Marissa lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2
Totals 27 6 7 5 2 4 21 12 6

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Southeast Missouri.. 000 000 0 -  0  3  2
Austin Peay......... 400 002 X -  6  7  1
-----------------------------------------

 

E – ANDERSON(9); BECKER(6); BURROUGHS(7). DP – SEMO 1. LOB – SEMO 5; Austin Peay 6. 2B – DE CASTRO(11); RYAN(6). HR – PAVEL(2). HBP – NORTON. SB – RYAN(1); BROWER(1).

 

Southeast Missouri ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
COWAN, Taylor L,7-19 0.0 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 19
CLEMONS, Hannah 6.0 4 2 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 23 26 2 11 90
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
de CASTRO, Lauren W,8-11 7.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 24 26 4 12 91

 

Win – DE CASTRO (8-11). Loss – COWAN (7-19). Save – None. HBP – by CLEMONS (NORTON). PB – C. SMITH 2(13). Pitches/strikes: COWAN 19/10; CLEMONS 90/63; DE CASTRO 91/61. Umpires – HP: David Lee 1B: Dave LeMarbre 3B: Michael Carby
Start: 1:03 pm Time: 1:42 Attendance: 125
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65, Wind:WNW11
COWAN faced 4 batters in the 1st.

Box Score – Game 2

Southeast Missouri at Austin Peay
April 28th, 2013 at Clarksville, TN (Cheryl Holt Field)

Southeast Missouri 5 (15-29,6-15 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
ANDERSON, Alexis cf 4 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0
WILSON, Xia 1b 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 1
PATTERSON, Lindsey dp 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TERRY, Renee pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
COWAN, Taylor p 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 1
PATTERSON, Simone rf 3 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
ZINK, Kaitlin ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
SMITH, Brittany lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
SMITH, Chelsea c 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1
BECKER, Leah 3b 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0
CARPENTER, Savannah ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BURGER, Summer 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Totals 29 5 10 5 1 2 18 5 7

Austin Peay 6 (17-24,8-15 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 4 1 2 3 0 0 3 3 1
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 2 1
de CASTRO, Lauren 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0
PAVEL, Mel c 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 1
NORTON, Shelby 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
GUEST, Abby dp 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
RYAN, Jessica cf 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
BROWER, Courtney rf 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
LAKE, Marissa lf 3 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 0
BREWER, Morgan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 27 6 7 6 0 2 21 11 4

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Southeast Missouri.. 014 000 0 -  5 10  2
Austin Peay......... 040 200 X -  6  7  1
-----------------------------------------

 

E – BECKER 2(8); BURROUGHS(8). LOB – SEMO 7; Austin Peay 4. 2B – RYAN(6); BROWER(2); LAKE 2(4). HR – S. PATTERSON(6); DAVIDSON(6). HBP – L. PATTERSON; S. PATTERSON; BROWER. SH – ZINK(4). SB – ZINK(17). CS – ANDERSON(2); ZINK(4).

 

Southeast Missouri ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
COWAN, Taylor L,7-20 6.0 7 6 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 27 28 10 6 121
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
BREWER, Morgan W,7-10 7.0 10 5 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 29 33 9 8 106

 

Win – BREWER (7-10). Loss – COWAN (7-20). Save – None. WP – COWAN 2(8). HBP – by BREWER (L. PATTERSON); by COWAN (BROWER); by BREWER (S. PATTERSON). Pitches/strikes: COWAN 121/79; BREWER 106/72. Umpires – HP: Dave LeMarbe 1B: Michael Carby 3B: David Lee
Start: 3:20 pm Time: 1:51 Attendance: 125
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 65, Wind: NW15

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