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APSU Lady Govs Softball plays SIU Edwardsville at home during Spring Fling Weekend

Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will play host to Ohio Valley Conference leading Southern Illinois Edwardsville for a three-game series at Cheryl Holt Field as part of the Governors Spring Fling weekend.

Austin Peay Softball. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball. (APSU Sports Information)

The series will begin with a noon, Saturday doubleheader and concludes with a noon, Sunday single game.

Austin Peay (8-23, 4-8 OVC) enters the series having dropped a midweek non-conference doubleheader to Evansville, while SIUE (29-9, 11-3 OVC), despite losing its last two games to Tennessee Tech last weekend, comes in receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball NCAA Division I poll.

Offensively, five Lady Govs are batting more than .300 this season, led by Rikki Arkansas (.341), while Niya Sparks (.329/7HR/20 RBI), Laurel Burroughs (.319/5 HR/17 RBI), Chandler Groves (.316/4 HR/23 RBI) and Christiana Gable (.309/7 HR/28 RBI) round out the quintet.

The Cougars are led at the plate by Rebecca Gray (.387), with Haley Chambers (.372/6 HR/25 RBI) and Jordan LaFave (.327/4 HR/25 RBI) providing considerable pop in the middle of the SIUE lineup.

In the circle, Natalie Ayala (4-8. 5.85 ERA, 22 Ks) leads the Lady Govs pitching staff, while Sidney Hooper (2-7, 7.70 ERA, 21 Ks) has multiple wins for APSU this season.

SIUE’s pitching staff is led by Chambers’ 17-4 win-loss record, which includes a 1.49 ERA and 206 Ks in 141.1 innings of work, while Baylee Douglass (11-4, 2.07 ERA, 104 Ks) has been solid for the Cougars as their number two hurler. 

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