By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
After breaking up a four-game losing streak with a win over Belmont at home Wednesday, March 16.
The Lady Govs looked to extend the winning to their OVC home opener against Eastern Kentucky.
Game 1, Lady Govs lose 3-5
APSU 002 000 1 – 3
EKU 004 001 0 – 5
The Lady Govs (4-19, 0-6 OV) gave up four runs to Eastern Kentucky (16-9, 3-3 OVC) in the top of the third inning; but they countered with two runs of their own.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases for the Lady Govs. Junior center fielder Catie Cozart cranked a two RBI single to right field that brought in two and cut the Colonels lead, 4-2.
After Eastern Kentucky added a run in the sixth inning, the Lady Govs tried to rally in the top of the seventh. With one runner on second and two outs, freshman pitcher Lauren de Castro cranked a shot down the left-field line.
De Castro earned the RBI and advanced to third on a Colonel’s fielding error, however, the Lady Govs rally would come up short. Freshman catcher Amy Mills grounded out on the next at bat.
De Castro (0-4) was tagged with the loss. In two innings of work, she allowed four runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two.
Only three Lady Govs generated hits. De Castro led the offense going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game 2, Lady Govs lose 2-11
APSU 000 20 – 2
EKU 015 50 – 11
In game two, Eastern Kentucky used two five-run innings to claim an 11-2 victory. Pitchers junior Ashley Bolda and sophomore Morgan Brewer struggled from the mound.
Bolda (1-4) was tagged with the loss. In 2.1 innings, she allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits with no strikeouts.
Brewer allowed six runs on seven hits in her 2.2 innings of throwing.
She also walked one and struck out one. The Lady Govs continued to struggle offensively.
Only four different Lady Govs produced five hits.
Cozart led the Lady Govs going two-for-three at the plate.
Game 3, Govs lose 4-9
APSU 700 000 2 – 4
EKU 100 030 3 – 9
A seven-run first inning by the Colonels proved to be too much for the Lady Govs to overcome.
For the second time in the series, Brewer (2-8) saw her pitches get hit early and often. She allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits with no strikeouts.
The first seven Eastern Kentucky batters got on base. Conversely, the Lady Govs generated only one run and four hits in the first four innings.
The Lady Govs’ only offensive explosion came in the fifth inning. With two outs, they scored three runs.
After Cozart singled down the left field line for an RBI, senior third baseman Tiffany Smith found a gap for a two RBI single.
The Lady Govs went scoreless the last two innings and Eastern Kentucky added two more runs in the seventh for the 9-4 win. Cozart led the Lady Govs offense.
She went 3-for-4 with one RBI and scored two runs. De Castro relief pitched for 6.2 innings. She allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four.
The Lady Govs host the Lady Govs Classic starting Saturday, March 26.
Eastern Michigan and Southern University will participate in the tournament. TAS