By JANNA SIMPKINS | Staff Writer

Spring weather appeared last weekend Feb. 19-20, as the Lady Govs (2-6) hit the field for their annual Austin Peay Spring Classic.

The Lady Govs split on Saturday, Feb. 19, with a 7-0 loss to Cleveland State (5-4), and a 5-4 win over Missouri-Kansas City (6-3).

The Lady Govs’ first game started out slowly and stayed that way until the third inning.

Centerfielder Katie Cozart started things off for the Lady Govs with a single to center field.

She then advanced to second on a wild pitch and was batted around to third by Kristen Whitmire.

Catcher Amy Mills reached on a fielder’s choice and Cozart was thrown out at home.

The Lady Govs left three runners on and scored no runs. In the same inning, Cleveland State scored three runs.

After scoring a run, infielder Dora Toman hit a home run with one runner on, making the score 3-0. Cleveland State took the win 7-0.

In their second game of the day, the Lady Govs’ started off slow again with a couple of runs throughout the first few innings. They reversed in the bottom of the fifth.

With one runner on senior infielder Randall Davenport tripled batting in one run. Senior infielder Tiffany Smith doubled that inning, batting around yet another run.

The Lady Govs scored a total of three runs that inning. They would take the win 5-4.

The Govs hit the diamond again on Sunday, Feb. 23 taking on Ball State (2-2) and Belmont (3-5).

The Lady Govs fell to Ball State 9-2. It was a close game until the sixth inning when Ball State’s freshman infielder Audrey Bickel hit a three-RBI home run to center field.

APSU took on Belmont, beat (9-4) the previous weekend, Feb. 12 and 13, in Columbia at the Belmont/Hampton Inn-Brentwood Spring Tournament.

Belmont came out strong with two runs in the first inning Clarksville native Courtney Elrod roped a double to right field driving in both runs for Belmont.

In the fifth inning for Belmont. Junior infielder Hannah Irwin, a singled up the middle, eventually scoring. Elrod homered to center field driving in two additional runs.

The Lady Govs answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Smith homered to left field. Then Whitmire grounded out to second to end the rally, losing to the Bruins 5-4.

The Lady Govs’ venture to Oxford, Miss. for the Ole Miss Red and Blue Classic this weekend.

They return home on Wednesday, March 16, when they take on the Belmont Bruins. TAS