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Lady Govs softball swept by SIU-Edwardsville

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The Austin Peay Lady Governors faced OVC opponent Southern Illinois Edwardsville on in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 and a single game on Sunday, April 14.

The doubleheader on Saturday started at noon as SIUE got the first run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the second inning.

The Lady Govs roared back with a big four-run third inning on a RBI-double by outfielder Marissa Lake and a three-run homer by de Castro that gave the Lady Govs a 4-1 lead.

But the Lady Cougars came back with a four-run inning of their own with a grand slam over the left field wall by infielder Alex McDavid. After the big inning by the Lady Cougars, the Lady Govs were silenced offensively and fell to SIUE in the first game of the series 8-4.

The second game of the Saturday double-header saw senior pitcher Morgan Brewer taking the mound for the Lady Govs. Once again, the Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead by scoring one run in the first inning.

After two more runs by SIUE, the Lady Govs finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth, thanks to a solo home run by third baseman Shelby Norton; the homer cut the Lady Cougars lead to 3-1.

The Lady Cougars answered again with a five-run sixth inning that virtually made the lead insurmountable.

APSU attempted to fight back with one run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lady Cougars silenced all attempts and went on to win the second game of the double-header, 8-2.

In the final game of the series on Sunday, the Lady Govs had their last chance at trying to break SIUE’s win streak. Lauren de Castro was back on the hill for the Lady Govs to try to hold back the Lady Cougar offensive attack. The offense came early for both teams in a see-saw battle.

The Lady Cougars scored three runs on four hits in the top of the first. The Lady Govs came back and scored three runs in their half of the inning on a three-run homer by de Castro. The Lady Cougars scored an additional run in the second to retake the lead, 4-3.

The Lady Govs took the lead in the bottom of the third on solo homers by second baseman Laurel Burroughs and the second homer of the game for de Castro.
The Lady Cougars followed up with four runs in the fourth on an Alex McDavid three-run homer, which gave the Lady Cougars a 8-5 lead.

The Lady Govs were unable to get any offensive production going in the later innings as the Lady Cougars completed a series sweep, pushing the Govs’ losing streak to five games in the process.

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