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Chattanooga, TN – The Austin Peay State University softball team rallied with a four-run fifth inning in Game 2 of their doubleheader with Chattanooga, Sunday afternoon at Jim Frost Stadium, to come away with a 4-1 victory after dropping the opener, 9-1.
It was the season opener for both teams.
Chattanooga 9, Austin Peay 1
Chattanooga jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against the Govs, as the Mocs took advantage of four hits, a walk and a hit batter in scoring their runs.
UTC would extend its lead out to 5-1 with a single run in the third inning before Austin Peay State University would finally get on the board in the fourth.
Harkleroad would score a batter later, as her came home on an infield out by Brooke Pfefferle to make it 5-1.
But that would be as close as the APSU Govs would get, as UTC closed out the game by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the nine final.
Austin Peay 4, Chattanooga 1
The nightcap would see the game remain scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when UTC pushed across a run to take a 1-0 lead.
It would remain that way until the top of the fifth inning when the Austin Peay State University offense exploded for four runs.
Pfefferle and Katelyn Smith would get the inning going with a walk and a bunt single, with Pfefferle scoring the tying run a batter later when Bailey Shorter singled up the middle and advanced into scoring position at second and Smith to third base on the throw.
Pinch hitter Brett Jackson would follow and give the Govs their first lead of the day, scoring Smith from third on an infield out to make it 2-1.
Lexi Osowski would then double the Govs scoring two pitches later, as she hammered a ball over the left-center field fence for Austin Peay State University’s first home run of the season to make it 4-1.
That would be all the runs that the Govs starter freshman Shelby Harpe would need, as she closed out the game recording the final nine outs without giving up any more runs in the 4-1 victory.
Harpe would get the complete-game win, scattering seven hits and stranding 11 UTC runners, while walking four and striking out five in her 126 total pitch effort.
Inside the Boxscore
Austin Peay State University is now 17-18 all-time in season opening games and 32-41-1 in all games played on the opening day of a season.
The games in Chattanooga were the first season-opening games within the borders of the State of Tennessee for the Govs since the start of the 2011 season.
After sitting out the 2019 season due to injury, Emily Harkleroad returned to the lineup and picked up two hits, including a double, and scored a run in the doubleheader.
APSU did not commit and error in their 47 total chances on defense during the doubleheader.
APSU Coach Kassie Stanfill Statements
On bouncing back in Game 2 to get the win
On Shelby Harpe’s performance
On building for next week
Next Up For APSU Softball
The Austin Peay State University women’s softball team will be back in action coming this Friday through Sunday at the Jaguar Challenge, hosting by South Alabama in Mobile, AL.
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