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By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead, the Lady Govs were able to hold off the Eastern Michigan Eagles to end a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory.
It was the end of a three-game series with the Eagles that had been delayed by inclement weather. It was only the Lady Govs’ sixth win of the season (6-22, 1-7 OVC) and the third of six games they are playing at home to end March.
Sophomore pitcher Morgan Brewer (4-8) earned the win in relief of Lady Govs’ freshman starter Taylor Mills.
In six innings of work, Brewer struck out three, walked one and allowed two earned runs on three hits.
The Lady Govs’ bats were much warmer than the weather. They cranked out nine hits on three different Eagles pitchers and produced five runs.
The Lady Govs plated three of the five runs in the first inning. Junior Centerfielder Catie Cozart started things off by hitting a single to the Eagles’ shortstop.
Senior Third Baseman Tiffany Smith was walked. This set up the Lady Govs with only one out and the bases loaded.
Freshman Kayla Davidson took full advantage of the situation. She cleared the bases with a line-drive triple that got past the Eagles’ right fielder and gave the Lady Govs a 3-1 lead.
Eagles freshman Katie Kostich made the score 3-2 when she hit a home run to open the second inning. However, the Eagles were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings while the Lady Govs added a run in each inning.
In the sixth, Eagles senior shortstop Stacie Sodinski smacked a two-run shot over the left field wall to cut the Lady Govs’ lead to 5-4.
They retired the Eagles’ batters: three-up, three-down, to seal the win.
Mills led the Lady Govs offenses going 3-for-3 with an RBI and scoring two runs. Cozart went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
The Lady Govs will play six games over six days, five of which will be conference games.
They finish their six-game homestead against Tennessee State Thursday, March 31. Then they will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to play Southeast Missouri Saturday, April 2. TAS