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Lady Govs swept by Eastern Illinois

A beautiful weekend in Clarksville turned out to be a bitter one for the Lady Govs softball team, as they were swept in a series against Eastern Illinois.

APSU was unable to score in all three games, losing 6-0, 3-0 and 1-0 against the Lady Panthers. This was the first three-game series shutout in Ohio Valley Conference play since Eastern Kentucky allowed one in 2001.

In Game 1, EIU was able to score two runs in the bottom of the first inning and held the lead for the rest of the game.

Chandler Groves reached second due to an error, but EIU pitcher Jessica Wireman struck out the remaining two batters in the lineup to retire the side.

The Lady Panthers added two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning to finish out the game with a 6-0 victory.

APSU totaled for three hits and two errors throughout the game.

The Lady Panthers started off the same way in Game 2 by adding an additional run in the bottom of the first, 3-0. APSU finished the game with two hits and two errors.

Game 3, on Sunday, April 17, was no different for the Lady Panthers.

EIU was able to strike first in the bottom of the first with a run which ended up being the final score of the game.

APSU outhit the Lady Panthers 4-3 but could not convert the hits to runs.

Groves, Danielle Liermann, Courtney Brower and Kendall Vedder were all able to get hits off of EIU’s Wireman.

The Lady Govs (6-29 overall) (2-15 OVC) look to avenge the conference loss in a non-conference doubleheader against the Samford Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 20, at 3 and 5 p.m., before taking on Jacksonville State for OVC play on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24.

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