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Austin Peay State University Softball sees Tournament run end on season’s final day at Murray State

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMurray, KY – Austin Peay State University’s softball team went into the final day of the regular season May 5th knowing it needed two wins to punch its ticket into the Ohio Valley Conference post-season tournament for the first time since 2007.

Austin Peay Softball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Unfortunately, the Lady Govs came up three runs short, as they were swept by the Racers in the OVC doubleheader 6-4 and 10-9 – in nine innings.

In Game 1, Austin Peay (18-26, 9-17 OVC) would score the first run of the day in the top of the second inning, with Jessica Ryan blasting a two-out home run – her fourth of the season – over the center field fence.

Ryan would finish the game with three hits.

Jessica RyanThe Lady Govs lead would be short-lived, with Murray State (23-26, 14-10 OVC) scoring three times in the bottom of the inning on three hits and three walks.

Murray State would add to its lead in the third inning, scoring three more runs on three hits to go up 6-1.

Austin Peay would cut into the Racers lead in the fourth inning, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Amanda De Vries to bring in Morgan Brewer to cut the deficit to 6-2.

Ryan would hit her second home run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Lady Govs deficit to 6-3, while also becoming the first Lady Gov in school history to hit two home runs in a game twice in a career.

Kayla Davidson

Kayla Davidson would hit the Lady Govs third home run of the game, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4, but that would be as close as they would get, as Austin Peay had a chance to tie or go ahead by loading the bases – with two outs – but Racer closer CheyAnne Gaskey got Ryan on a swinging third strike to end the game.

Davidson and Laurel Burroughs had two hits each for Austin Peay.

In Game 2, Austin Peay got into a hole early with Murray State scoring three times in the first inning and adding one more in the second to go up 4-0.

But Austin Peay didn’t lie down, as the Lady Govs responded with a six-run third inning to take its first lead since early in Game 1.

Ryan would get the rally going with a walk to open the inning and was safe at second when the ball came out of the glove of Murray State second baseman Christian Cox, as she tried to tag Ryan on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Courtney Brower.

It looked like the rally was going to end there for the Lady Govs, with the next two batters going down in order and Burroughs missing on a third strike.

Lauren de CastroBut the ball got away from Racer catcher Ellyn Troup and her throw to first base was wild allowing Burroughs to be safe to continue the inning – but also allow Ryan to score from third with the Lady Govs first run.

Lauren de Castro followed with her team-high fifth triple – down the right field line – to drive in Brower and Burroughs to make it 6-3 Murray State.

Mel Pavel continued the rally by ripping a double into left field to score de Castro to make it 6-4.

Shelby Norton was then hit by a pitch – to put two runners on – followed by the second double of the inning, this time by Abby Guest, to drive in Pavel and Norton to give the Lady Govs the 6-4 lead.

Shelby NortonBut the Lady Govs pitches couldn’t quite the Racer bats, as Murray State tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Peay would retake the lead in the fourth, on an RBI single by de Castro scoring Brower, and making it 8-6 in the fifth on an RBI single by Guest – scoring Pavel following her second double of the game.

Pavel finished the game with three hits.

But Austin Peay’s pitching couldn’t corral the Racers, as they retook the lead 9-8 in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three runs on four hits.

Morgan BrewerMurray State finished Game 2 with 18 total hits.

Austin Peay would force extra innings with Pavel leading off the seventh inning with her third home run of the season – a shot over the center field fence to make it 9-9.

It would be Murray State that would finally score in extra innings, as the Racers pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 10-9 final.

With the losses, seniors Brewer, Norton and Ryan saw their APSU careers come to an end.

Box Score – Game 1

Austin Peay at Murray State
May 5th, 2013 at Murray, KY (Central Park)

 Austin Peay 4 (18-25,9-16 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 3
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0
de CASTRO, Lauren p/1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1
PAVEL, Mel c 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1
CLINE, Abbie pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NORTON, Shelby 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1
GUEST, Abby 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
BREWER, Morgan p 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
SPARKS, Niya ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
RYAN, Jessica cf 4 2 3 2 0 1 1 0 3
BROWER, Courtney rf/lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
LAKE, Marissa lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
De VRIES, Amanda ph/rf 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 31 4 9 4 2 7 18 8 9

 

 Murray State 6 (22-26,13-10 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
MILLER, Shelbey 3b 4 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0
RAMSEY, Mo rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
BECKER, Alexa ss 2 0 2 1 1 0 3 0 0
CASTILE, Casey cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
TROUP, Ellyn c 3 1 1 0 0 1 9 1 1
BRIDGES, Leslie 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
ANDERSON, Sarah lf 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
COX, Christian 2b 3 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 0
HOWARD, Erica dp 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
KOSMECKI, Shelby p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
GASKEY, CheyAnne p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 6 8 6 4 2 21 8 5

 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Austin Peay......... 010 101 1 -  4  9  0
Murray State........ 033 000 X -  6  8  1
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E – COX(4). LOB – Austin Peay 9; Murray State 5. 2B – COX 2(5). HR – DAVIDSON(7); RYAN 2(5); ANDERSON(4). HBP – BROWER. SH – BRIDGES(2).

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
de CASTRO, Lauren L,9-12 2.1 6 6 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 12 17 2 3 73
BREWER, Morgan 3.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 6 4 36
Murray State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
KOSMECKI, Shelby W,9-17 6.0 7 4 4 1 6 0 0 1 0 26 28 6 6 108
GASKEY, CheyAnne 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 1 1 22

 

Win – KOSMECKI (9-17). Loss – DE CASTRO (9-12). Save – None. HBP – by KOSMECKI (BROWER). PB – PAVEL(5). Pitches/strikes: DE CASTRO 73/40; BREWER 36/25; KOSMECKI 108/76; GASKEY 22/12. Umpires – HP: Calvin Sims 1B: Ben Crenshaw 3B: Darryl Brasuell
Start: 11:04 am Time: 1:55 Attendance: 125
Weather: Overcast, 50, Wind: N3
KOSMECKI faced 1 batter in the 7th.

Box Score – Game 2

Austin Peay at Murray State
May 5th, 2013 at Murray, KY (Central Park)

Austin Peay 9 (18-26,9-17 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
DAVIDSON, Kayla ss 3 0 0 0 2 1 5 3 0
BURROUGHS, Laurel 2b 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
de CASTRO, Lauren 1b/p 5 1 2 3 0 0 4 3 1
PAVEL, Mel c 5 3 3 2 0 0 4 3 0
NORTON, Shelby 3b 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
BREWER, Morgan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GUEST, Abby p/1b 4 0 2 3 0 2 8 1 0
RYAN, Jessica cf 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
BROWER, Courtney lf 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
De VRIES, Amanda rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 9 8 8 3 7 24 18 5

 

Murray State 10 (23-26,14-10 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
MILLER, Shelbey 3b 6 2 5 3 0 0 5 1 0
RAMSEY, Mo rf 5 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
BECKER, Alexa ss 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0
CASTILE, Casey cf 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1
TROUP, Ellyn c 4 1 1 1 0 0 7 2 3
BRIDGES, Leslie 1b 4 0 2 1 1 0 8 0 2
RICHARDSON, Mallory pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ANDERSON, Sarah lf 5 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 3
COX, Christian 2b 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0
HOWARD, Erica dp 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
WOODBY, Audrey ph/dp 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
GASKEY, CheyAnne p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
FRANCIS, J.J. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KOSMECKI, Shelby p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 39 10 18 10 3 1 27 9 12

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 006 110 100 -  9  8  0
Murray State........ 312 030 001 - 10 18  3
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Note: None out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

 

E – MILLER(12); TROUP(4); COX(5). DP – Austin Peay 1; Murray State 1. LOB – Austin Peay 5; Murray State 12. 2B – PAVEL 2(13); GUEST(4); MILLER(11); BRIDGES 2(6); COX(6). 3B – DE CASTRO(5). HR – PAVEL(3). HBP – NORTON; BROWER; BECKER 2; CASTILE; TROUP. SB – ANDERSON(2). CS – RAMSEY(6).

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
BREWER, Morgan 0.2 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 1 18
GUEST, Abby 2.2 6 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 13 16 3 3 56
de CASTRO, Lauren L,9-13 4.2 7 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 20 24 5 8 75
Murray State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
GASKEY, CheyAnne 2.2 2 6 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 11 14 3 2 54
FRANCIS, J.J. 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 7 2 0 34
KOSMECKI, Shelby W,10-17 5.0 4 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 20 20 8 4 66

 

Win – KOSMECKI (10-17). Loss – DE CASTRO (9-13). Save – None. WP – GASKEY(4). HBP – by GUEST (BECKER); by GASKEY (NORTON); by FRANCIS (BROWER); by GUEST (CASTILE); by DE CASTRO (TROUP); by DE CASTRO (BECKER). Pitches/strikes: BREWER 18/13; GUEST 56/33; DE CASTRO 75/48; GASKEY 54/32; FRANCIS 34/18; KOSMECKI 66/49. Umpires – HP: Ben Crenshaw 1B: Darryl Brasuell 3B: Calvin Sims
Start: 1:36 pm Time: 2:29 Attendance: 125
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 53, Wind: DE CASTRO faced 3 batters in the 9th.
Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS. Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA. Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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