CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University’s softball team won in walk-off fashion in one game, while pulling away late in the other, as they swept a Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader from Morehead State Saturday afternoon at Cheryl Holt Field, 3-2 in eight innings, and 10-5.
Lauren de Castro’s two-out opposite field homer – her third of the season -- in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Austin Peay (12-16, 3-7 OVC) the walk-off victory in Game 1, as they improve to 3-1 in extra-inning games this season.
It also game de Castro (6-7) the complete-game win, as she gave up six hits and two earned runs in her eight innings of work. She also walked three and struck out two.
The Eagles Katie Pfost (7-7) took the loss, also a complete game, giving up three earned runs on seven hits – while striking out nine and walking one.
The extra innings were forced by Morehead State (13-13, 1-7 OVC) when the Eagles scored a tying run in the top of the seventh inning on a single by Adrena Anderson, scoring Tressa Watson – who singled as a pinch hitter.
After not pushing any runs across for the first four innings, Austin Peay tied the game, 1-1, in the fifth inning on a single by Abby Guest, scoring Shelby Norton who had doubled to get into scoring position.
Guest was the only Lady Gov to record two hits in the opener.
Morehead State took the early lead, 1-0, in the top of the third inning when Katie Raile, who reached on a walk, scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kayla Ashbrook.
As much as Game 1 turned out to be a pitcher’s duel, Game 2 was a score fest right from outset, as both teams scored three runs in their half of the first inning.
Austin Peay starter Morgan Brewer got out the first two Eagle hitters, but Ashbrook singled and Amber Riddle followed with her fourth home run of the season for a quick 2-0 lead.
Morehead State would add a third run, when after Riddle’s homer, Elizabeth Wagner and Samantha Howard followed with back-to-back doubles.
The Lady Eagles regained the lead in the second inning, 4-3, on an RBI double by Sam Woodall and extended it to 5-3 in the fourth inning on a Woodall RBI single.
Howard, Wagner, Riddel and Woodall each had two hits in the nightcap.
Austin Peay would take the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four times with two outs to take a 7-5 advantage.
With two outs, de Castro walked and scored on a double by Davidson. Pavel also walked and Norton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Guest then followed followed with an RBI single to tie the game 5-5.
Guest, de Castro and Burroughs finished the game with two hits.
The go-ahead runs came in on a two-RBI single by Courtney Brower, bringing home Pavel and Norton.
Austin Peay added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, with the first run coming in off a bases-loaded walk to Davidson and the other two scoring Guest's single, making it 10-5.
Guest (1-2) got her first college win in relief. She replaced Brewer in the fifth inning and pitching three no-hit, shutout innings, while walking one and striking out one.