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Kelsey Gross uses arm/bat to lead APSU Softball to victory over Belmont

 

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APSU SoftballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Kelsey Gross was a force of one, Monday afternoon at Cheryl Holt Field, as the freshman held Ohio Valley Conference opponent Belmont to just a single run, while also driving in what turned out to be the game-winning runs in a 5-1 victory over the Bruins, after APSU dropped the first game, 7-0.

Austin Peay Softball pitcher Kelsey Gross held Belmont Bruins to just four hits Monday at Cheryl Holt Field. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball pitcher Kelsey Gross held Belmont Bruins to just four hits Monday at Cheryl Holt Field. (APSU Sports Information)

Gross (8-8) limited a Belmont squad that was batting over .300 as a team this season to just four hits and two walks – while striking out four — in her seven innings of work, with the lone Bruins run coming on a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning.

She would also account for the Govs (15-27, 3-11 OVC) first two runs of the game, ripping a double down the left-field line in the bottom of the second inning, driving in Carly Mattson and Kendall Vedder – who had reached on a walk and a single.

Emily Moore would close-out the scoring in the second inning, driving in Gross with a double making it 3-0.

Austin Peay would extent it’s lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Vedder forcing in Rikki Arkansas with a bases-loaded walk, with Drew Dudley following with a sacrifice fly, scoring Danielle Liermann.

Liermann would be the only player on either team to record more than one hit in Game 2, finishing with a single and a double.

Belmont’s Brooklin Lee (15-7) was the story in Game 1 holding the Govs to just two hits – singles by Dudley and Mattson — while striking out 15 and walking three.

On offense, the Bruins would get two, two-run homers in the contest – one in the second inning and one in the fifth – with their other three runs coming in the fourth inning.

Austin Peay returns to action, 4:00pm, Wednesday afternoon with a home OVC doubleheader versus Tennessee State.


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