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Lady Govs softball sees hopes for OVC tourney berth evaporate

Austin Peay softballs Ohio Valley Conference tournament hopes ended last Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Tennessee-Martin. The Lady Govs lost the nightcap as well, 8-3.

The first-game loss ended all hopes for the Lady Govs to gain an OVC post-season tourney berth, even though APSU got plenty of help from Samford Saturday. The Bulldogs swept Southeast Missouri, 2-0 and 2-0. Seventh-place APSU entered the weekend needing to sweep Tennessee-Martin in the three-game series while hoping Samford could do the same to sixth-place SEMO.
Austin Peay softball's Ohio Valley Conference tournament hopes ended last Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Tennessee-Martin. The Lady Govs lost the nightcap as well, 8-3.

The first-game loss ended all hopes for the Lady Govs to gain an OVC post-season tourney berth, even though APSU got plenty of help from Samford Saturday. The Bulldogs swept Southeast Missouri, 2-0 and 2-0. Seventh-place APSU entered the weekend needing to sweep Tennessee-Martin in the three-game series while hoping Samford could do the same to sixth-place SEMO.

However, the Lady Govs couldn't keep their part of the bargain. They fell behind 1-0 in the first inning of the first game. APSU finally tied the score in the top of the sixth, but Tennessee-Martin retired the Lady Govs in the top of the seventh to put the game away and end the young Lady Govs' hopes of slipping into the tourney.

In the nightcap, APSU utilized two errors by pitcher Allison Buckley and two hits to make it a 4-3 game.

The Lady Govs' season ended Sunday with a 10-2 defeat at Tennnessee-Martin, an OVC contest ended after six innings because of the eight-run rule.

After leading the contest 1-0 after two innings, the Skyhawks put five on the board in the third against Natasha Anderson. APSU's only runs came in the sixth when Brianna Venable and Anderson hit back-to-back home runs. Venable's blast was her 13th, adding to her APSU single-season record total. It was Anderson's seventh home run.

But APSU's momentum was short-lived as the Skyhawks added four more runs in the bottom of the frame to end the contest.

APSU finished the season at 18-37 overall, 8-18 in the OVC.
—Cody Bush