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Lady Govs softball rolls past Morehead State, 11-0

Junior third baseman Jessica Warden smacked a first-inning grand slam home run while freshman second baseman Michelle Edmonds added a three-run second-inning blast to back the one-hit pitching of Natasha Anderson as Austin Peays softball team defeated Morehead State, 11-0, April 4, in an Ohio Valley Conference game called after five innings because of the eight-run rule.

As a result, the Lady Govs won the three-game series, 2-1, and improved their OVC mark to 2-6, 12-23 overall.
Junior third baseman Jessica Warden smacked a first-inning grand slam home run while freshman second baseman Michelle Edmonds added a three-run second-inning blast to back the one-hit pitching of Natasha Anderson as Austin Peay's softball team defeated Morehead State, 11-0, April 4, in an Ohio Valley Conference game called after five innings because of the eight-run rule.

As a result, the Lady Govs won the three-game series, 2-1, and improved their OVC mark to 2-6, 12-23 overall.

After losing a difficult 2-1 second-game decision, Saturday, the Lady Govs left little doubt from the outset, Sunday. Jennifer Simpkins led off the game with a single to left field. Catcher Amy Hale followed with a bunt single. Then Brianna Venable reached on a fielder's choice as the Lady Eagles were unable to retire a runner. That loaded the bases for Warden, who blasted a home run, her third of the season, to right center to give the Lady Govs a 4-0 lead.

The Lady Govs put the game away in the second. With one out and the bases loaded, freshman first baseman Sarah Longmire doubled to left field, driving home all three runners. Anderson then singled to advance Longmire to third before freshman centerfielder Ami Bush singled home Longmire. Edmonds, seldom-used prior to this week, blasted her second home run in five days, this one a three-run shot to center field. Earlier in the week, she blasted a grand slam against Alabama A&M.

Anderson then proceeded to blow away the Lady Eagles. In fact, she struck out the side in both the second and third innings and ended the game with a strikeout. She finished with 11 strikeouts amidst snow flurries.

The Lady Govs will return to OVC action this week with a pair of series. They will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., April 7 to face Southeast Missouri in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Then April 9-10, the Lady Govs head to Nashville to face Tennessee State in a three-game series.
—Cody Bush