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Athens, GA – Shelby Harpe threw a two-hit complete game and Katelyn Smith hit first collegiate home run to help lead the Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team past Central Michigan, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium, in Day 2 of the 17th Annual Georgia Classic, after dropping their morning contest to No. 21 nationally ranked James Madison, 8-0.
#21 James Madison 8, Austin Peay State University 0
Austin Peay State University would have a couple of scoring chances early-on in the contest, putting runners into scoring position in both the first and third innings, but couldn’t punch anything across against the No. 21 nationally ranked James Madison (5-2).
The Dukes on the other hand scored an early first inning run with the APSU Govs then holding them there until the bottom of the fourth inning, when they erupted for four runs on six hits to extend their lead to 5-0.
James Madison would close out the game with three more runs in the fifth for the 8-0 final.
Drew Dudley would have the APSU Govs only hit in the loss, coming on a third-inning single, while Bailey Shorter, Brooke Pfefferle and Harpe all reached on walks to account for all the Govs base runners.
Austin Peay State University 3, Central Michigan 1
After trading zeros for the first two innings, Austin Peay State University would score the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning, with Emily Moore driving in pinch runner Katie Keen with a sacrifice fly.
The Chippewas would tie the game, 1-1, with their only run of the game in the top of the fifth inning, but the APSU Govs responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, 2-1.
Brett Jackson would open the frame by being hit by a pitch then move into scoring position at second base on a sacrifice bunt by Smith.
That would be all the runs that Harpe would need, as she limited Central Michigan to just two hits and three walks in the contest, while striking out four.
APSU would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on Smith’s home run off the scoreboard in left field.
Inside the Boxscore
Austin Peay State University turned its first double play of the year versus James Madison.
With her walk versus Central Michigan, Bailey Shorter has reached base in all 10 games this season and 13 game in a row dating back to the final three games of the 2019 season.
In scoring a run versus Central Michigan, Katie Keen has scored all three times she has come off the bench as a pinch runner this season.
APSU Coach Kassie Stanfill Statements
On scoring first, last
On Harps effort in the circle
On their matchup versus #18 Georgia
Next Up For APSU Softball
The Austin Peay State University softball team concludes play at the classic on Sunday when they play tournament host and #18 nationally ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
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