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APSU Lady Govs Softball’s Morgan Hoeg, Chandler Groves both hit grand slams in sweep of Samford Bulldogs

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Morgan Hoeg and Chandler Groves each hit grand slam home runs, Wednesday, to power Austin Peay State University’s softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Samford University by 8-6 and 8-7 finals at Cheryl Holt Field.

The doubleheader sweep was the first for the Lady Govs versus Samford since March 15th, 1989, when they won back-to-back 7-0 finals.

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball takes two from Samford Wednesday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball takes two from Samford Wednesday. (APSU Sports Information)

Hoeg’s slam came in walk-off fashion in Game 1, with the Lady Govs (5-17) entering their final at-bat down 6-4. Laurel Burroughs opened the inning by being pitch by a pitch, and an out later, saw Niya Sparks and Sidney Hooper load the bases with back-to-back walks.

That brought up Hoeg, who blasted a 2-1 pitch well over the center field fence to seal away the com-from-behind victory for Austin Peay.

APSU's Morgan HoegSamford (20-13) took an early lead with two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, with the Lady Govs answering back in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own – when Burroughs scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs would add two more runs in the top of the second to go up 4-1, but Austin Peay answered right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 5-5. Mel Pavel and Rikki Arkansas opened the inning with back-to-back hits.

An out later Groves ripped a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence for a game-tying three-run homer. Arkansas led Austin Peay with two hits.

APSU's Chandler GrovesSamford regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring twice to go up 6-4, a lead they would hold until Hoeg’s walk-off heroics in the bottom of the seventh.

Hooper (1-4) got the complete-game win, holding the Bulldogs to just two hits over the final three innings after Samford had taken the lead.

Game 2 started with Samford taking a 5-0 lead after its first two at-bats, but Austin Peay roared back with five runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game.

Sparks began the inning with a double down the left-field line, followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. Pavel then drove in Sparks with the first run of the inning. Two outs later Groves crushed a 1-2 pitch out over the left field fence to tie the game 5-5.

APSU's Heather NorrisAustin Peay took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three times, all after two outs. Hoeg and Pavel started the inning with back-to-back singles before Arkansas walked to load the bases A Samford error allowed the inning’s first run before Groves driving in the other two with a single.

Groves and Pavel had two hits each for Austin Peay, with Groves collecting six RBI–giving her nine for the day.

Heather Norris (1-4), who pitched the final six innings in relief, got the win, limiting the Bulldogs to just two runs while striking out three and walking one.

Video – Coach Stephanie Paris

Box Score – Game 1

Samford (20-12) -vs- Austin Peay (4-17)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Samford 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 10 0
Austin Peay 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 8 2

W: HOOPER, Sidney (1-4)    L: Grey Adams (6-3)

 


Samford 6

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf Megan Dowdy 4 1 2 0 0 0 0
cf Shelby Maze 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
3b Callie Brister 4 1 1 1 0 0 2
dp Abby Sweeney 4 0 1 1 0 1 0
2b Abbie Miranda 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
ph Caroline Wilder 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1b Karsin Spinks 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
ph Shelby Scott 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
ss Abby Adams 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
c Lexi Higgins 3 1 1 2 0 0 2
rf Caitlin Bice 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
p Grey Adams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 6 10 4 2 1 7

Batting

2B:Abby Sweeney (1)
HR:Lexi Higgins (1)
SH:Shelby Maze (1)

Baserunning

SB:Shelby Maze (2)

 

Austin Peay 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf GROVES, Chandler 4 1 1 3 0 1 2
2b BURROUGHS, Laurel 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
1b GABLE, Christiana 3 0 0 0 1 1 0
3b SPARKS, Niya 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
p HOOPER, Sidney 2 0 0 0 2 1 2
pr HILL, Alexis 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
ss HOEG, Morgan 4 1 1 4 0 0 2
c PAVEL, Mel 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
ph DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
rf ARKANSAS, Rikki 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
cf BROWER, Courtney 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 26 8 8 7 5 5 6

Batting

2B:BURROUGHS, Laurel (1)
HR:GROVES, Chandler (1); HOEG, Morgan (1)
SH:BROWER, Courtney (1)Baserunning
SB:BURROUGHS, Laurel (2)
HBP:BURROUGHS, Laurel (1)

Fielding

E:BURROUGHS, Laurel (2)

Box Score – Game 2

Samford (20-13) -vs- Austin Peay (5-17)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Samford 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 15 3
Austin Peay 0 5 3 0 0 0 X 8 6 1

W: NORRIS, Heather (1-4)    L: Rebecca Leonard (1-2)

 

Samford 7

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf Megan Dowdy 5 2 4 0 0 0 0
cf Shelby Maze 5 1 3 1 0 1 1
rf Caitlin Bice 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
rf Caroline Wilder 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
dp/c Abby Sweeney 4 1 2 3 0 0 2
ss Abby Adams 3 0 0 0 1 1 2
c Clara Bowen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
p Shelby Scott 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
1b Karsin Spinks 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
1b Jessica Stone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3b Callie Brister 4 2 3 3 0 0 0
2b Abbie Miranda 3 0 1 0 0 1 2
2b Lexi Higgins 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 37 7 15 7 1 4 10

Batting

2B:Megan Dowdy (1); Shelby Maze (1); Karsin Spinks (1)
HR:Abby Sweeney (1); Callie Brister (2)

Fielding

E:Shelby Maze (1); Callie Brister (2)

 

Austin Peay 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf GROVES, Chandler 4 1 2 6 0 0 0
2b BURROUGHS, Laurel 2 0 0 0 2 0 2
1b GABLE, Christiana 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
ph EISENBRAUN, Ashley 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
3b SPARKS, Niya 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
dp DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
ss HOEG, Morgan 1 2 1 0 3 0 0
c PAVEL, Mel 4 2 2 1 0 1 2
rf ARKANSAS, Rikki 2 2 0 0 1 1 2
ph OLIVER, Savanna 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
cf BROWER, Courtney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
p NORRIS, Heather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 8 6 7 9 5 9

Batting

2B:SPARKS, Niya (1)
HR:GROVES, Chandler (1)
SH:DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen (1)

Baserunning

HBP:BROWER, Courtney (1)

Fielding

E:HOEG, Morgan (1)


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