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Behind stellar pitching, Lady Govs softball sweeps SEMO

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The Lady Govs won both games in their double-header against the Southeast Missouri State Lady Redhawks on Sunday, April 28.

The game was rescheduled from Saturday, April 27, due to inclement weather.

The Lady Govs honored their seniors, Shelby Norton, Morgan Brewer and Jessica Ryan, on Senior Day before the game.

APSU put Lauren de Castro on the mound in the first game, and the Lady Govs wasted no time giving her a lead to work with by getting the first three batters on base and then chasing two of them home on a double by de Castro.

Mel Pavel quickly followed with a two-run homerun, her second of the season.

After the big first inning, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel, with neither pitcher giving up a run until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lady Govs added to the lead on a double by second baseman Laurel Burroughs, which pushed the lead to 6-0.

de Castro closed out the game in the seventh, getting her fourth strikeout in the process to clinch the win.

The second game saw Brewer on the mound for the last time and the Lady Govs were determined to give her the win.
After falling behind by one run in the top of the second, the Lady Govs picked it up in the bottom of the inning, getting two runs on a hit by Marissa Lake.

Kayla Davidson slammed her sixth home run of the season and the Lady Govs were up 4-1 after two innings.

The Lady Redhawks came back in the top of the third on a trio of hits that scored two runs and a two-run home run that gave SEMO a 5-4 lead.

But the lead didn’t last long for SEMO as the Lady Govs came back and tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Ryan and took the lead on a single by Davidson.

Brewer kept the Lady Redhawks off the scoreboard the rest of the way to secure a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader sweep of the Redhawks.

The Lady Govs faced the Lady Redhawks in the final game of the series on Monday, April 29.

Behind de Castro’s pitching, seven innings while only allowing one run, the Lady Govs completed the sweep against SEMO, 4-1.

The Lady Govs improved their overall record to 18-24 now have nine wins in Ohio Valley Conference play.

The Lady Govs will be in action this weekend when they travel to Murray to take on Murray State on Saturday, May 4 in the final OVC regular season series, where APSU could finish one game under .500 if they are able to sweep Murray State.

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