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Lady Govs softball hosts Alabama A&M

Austin Peays softball team looks to snap one of the longest losing streaks in team history when it plays host to Alabama A&M in a 1 p.m., Wednesday doubleheader.

The Lady Govs (8-22, 0-5 Ohio Valley Conference) have lost 11 straight games, the third-longest Lady Gov losing streak. Last week, they lost a pair of close games to Tennessee, 5-1 and 2-0, before suffering a trio of tight losses to OVC newcomer Jacksonville State, Saturday and Sunday.
Austin Peay's softball team looks to snap one of the longest losing streaks in team history when it plays host to Alabama A&M in a 1 p.m., Wednesday doubleheader.

The Lady Govs (8-22, 0-5 Ohio Valley Conference) have lost 11 straight games, the third-longest Lady Gov losing streak. Last week, they lost a pair of close games to Tennessee, 5-1 and 2-0, before suffering a trio of tight losses to OVC newcomer Jacksonville State, Saturday and Sunday.

That was the bad news. The good news was the fact that the Lady Govs snapped out of a season-long hitting slump by collecting 33 hits total in the three weekend losses.

“We are hitting the ball a lot better,” says APSU Head Coach Tara McCoy. “We need to bring our offensive game in, and bring our defensive side back and just be more aggressive all around.”

Alabama A&M (9-25, 3-5 SWAC) and Austin Peay already have met four times this season, with the Lady Govs winning three of those. They met twice in the Mississippi State Bulldog Classic in February and the Lady Govs pulled out two 5-1 wins. Austin Peay then traveled to Huntsville for a March 6 doubleheader that earned them a 9-0 win and a 1-0 loss. AAMU was last year's Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division champion.

For the Lady Govs, freshman Sarah Longmire continues to hit the ball well, raising her batting average to a .325 while also leading with 10 RBI. Freshman pitcher Natasha Anderson is posting an impressive 2.84 ERA, and sophomore Brianna Venable has hit three home runs so far this season.

“We busted out of a big slump and are swinging the bats well,” says McCoy. “ I am really looking forward to this mid-week game. Hopefully, we can work out some kinks and we can get ready for more of the conference games that we have coming up.”
—Brad Kirtley