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Austin Peay State University Softball travels to Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky this weekend

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will begin its final stretch of road games for the 2014 season this weekend, as they travel to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky for a pair of Ohio Valley Conference doubleheaders.

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

The weekend will begin for the Lady Govs (18-24, 6-10 OVC) on Friday, with games being moved to a Friday-Saturday format this week instead of the Saturday-Sunday norm due to the Easter Holiday, 11:00am (CDT) at Morehead State (8-29-1, 3-12 OVC) and conclude Saturday, noon (CDT), versus Eastern Kentucky (20-15, 10-5 OVC).

The Lady Govs come into the weekend looking to right what has been a recent slide, as they have dropped six of their last seven OVC contests, but still find themselves in the eighth spot for a possible OVC tournament berth.

Lauren de CastroAfter 42 games, senior Lauren de Castro leads the Austin Peay offensive attack, with a .394 batting average, which includes nine double, a triple and five home runs. She also leads the team with 25 RBI and 21 runs scored.

Senior Kayla Davidson has also seen her numbers rise in the second half of the season, coming in with a batting average of .282 – with 10 doubles, a triple and three home runs. She had driven in 24.

Sophomore Mel Pavel has also posted a solid campaign, with a .278 batting average, six doubles, a home run and 20 runs driven in.

Mel PavelMorehead State, who ended a 12-game losing streak on Wednesday, is led at the plate by Katie Raile – who enters the matchup batting .304 with five doubles, a triple and five home runs. She has driven in 21 runs.

In the circle, de Castro tops the Austin Peay pitching staff with a 12-10 win-loss record and a 3.23 ERA. She also has 85 strikeouts in 128 inning of work this season.

Freshmen Sidney Hooper (3-5, 6.22 ERA), Brianna Bartuccio (2-7, 6.30 ERA) and senior Taylor Mills (1-1, 9.48 ERA) have also recorded wins this season.

Sidney HooperMorehead State has four pitchers that have seen actin this season, but Megan Tymorey (4-12, 5.94 ERA) and Tanna Seuferer (4-13, 5.97 ERA) have by far thrown the more innings for the Eagles.

As for Saturday’s opponent Eastern Kentucky, Christina Cioley enters the weekend batting .347 – including seven doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI.

Leanna Pittsenbarger is the workhorse of the Eastern Kentucky pitching staff, with a 14-7 record and a 1.19 ERA. She has 206 strikeouts in 141 inning of work in 2014.


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