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Morgan Hoeg, Chandler Groves power Austin Peay Lady Govs softball sweep of Samford

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TNMorgan Hoeg [1] and Chandler Groves [2] each hit grand slam home runs, Wednesday, to power Austin Peay State University’s softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Samford University by 8-6 and 8-7 finals at Cheryl Holt [3] Field.

The doubleheader sweep was the first for the Lady Govs versus Samford since March 15, 1989, when they won back-to-back 7-0 finals.

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball takes two from Samford Wednesday. (APSU Sports Information) [4]

Austin Peay Lady Govs Softball takes two from Samford Wednesday. (APSU Sports Information)

Hoeg’s slam came in walk-off fashion in Game 1, with the Lady Govs (5-17) entering their final at-bat down 6-4. Laurel Burroughs [5] opened the inning by being pitch by a pitch, and an out later, saw Niya Sparks [6] and Sidney Hooper [7] load the bases with back-to-back walks.

That brought up Hoeg, who blasted a 2-1 pitch well over the center field fence to seal away the com-from-behind victory for Austin Peay.

APSU's Morgan Hoeg [8]Samford (20-13) took an early lead with two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, with the Lady Govs answering back in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own – when Burroughs scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs would add two more runs in the top of the second to go up 4-1, but Austin Peay answered right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 5-5. Mel Pavel [9] and Rikki Arkansas [10] opened the inning with back-to-back hits.

An out later Groves ripped a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence for a game-tying three-run homer. Arkansas led Austin Peay with two hits.

APSU's Chandler Groves [11]Samford regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring twice to go up 6-4, a lead they would hold until Hoeg’s walk-off heroics in the bottom of the seventh.

Hooper (1-4) got the complete-game win, holding the Bulldogs to just two hits over the final three innings after Samford had taken the lead.

Game 2 started with Samford taking a 5-0 lead after its first two at-bats, but Austin Peay roared back with five runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game.

Sparks began the inning with a double down the left-field line, followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. Pavel then drove in Sparks with the first run of the inning. Two outs later Groves crushed a 1-2 pitch out over the left field fence to tie the game 5-5.

APSU's Heather Norris [12]Austin Peay took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three times, all after two outs. Hoeg and Pavel started the inning with back-to-back singles before Arkansas walked to load the bases A Samford error allowed the inning’s first run before Groves driving in the other two with a single.

Groves and Pavel had two hits each for Austin Peay, with Groves collecting six RBI–giving her nine for the day.

Heather Norris [13] (1-4), who pitched the final six innings in relief, got the win, limiting the Bulldogs to just two runs while striking out three and walking one.

Video – Coach Stephanie Paris

Box Score – Game 1

Samford (20-12) -vs- Austin Peay (4-17)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Samford 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 10 0
Austin Peay 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 8 2

W: HOOPER, Sidney [7] (1-4) L: Grey Adams (6-3)

 


Samford 6

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf Megan Dowdy 4 1 2 0 0 0 0
cf Shelby Maze 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
3b Callie Brister 4 1 1 1 0 0 2
dp Abby Sweeney 4 0 1 1 0 1 0
2b Abbie Miranda 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
ph Caroline Wilder 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1b Karsin Spinks 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
ph Shelby Scott 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
ss Abby Adams 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
c Lexi Higgins 3 1 1 2 0 0 2
rf Caitlin Bice 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
p Grey Adams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 6 10 4 2 1 7

Batting

2B:Abby Sweeney (1)
HR:Lexi Higgins (1)
SH:Shelby Maze (1)

Baserunning

SB:Shelby Maze (2)

 

Austin Peay 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf GROVES, Chandler [2] 4 1 1 3 0 1 2
2b BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
1b GABLE, Christiana [16] 3 0 0 0 1 1 0
3b SPARKS, Niya [6] 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
p HOOPER, Sidney [7] 2 0 0 0 2 1 2
pr HILL, Alexis [17] 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
ss HOEG, Morgan [1] 4 1 1 4 0 0 2
c PAVEL, Mel [9] 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
ph DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen [18] 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
rf ARKANSAS, Rikki [10] 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
cf BROWER, Courtney [19] 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 26 8 8 7 5 5 6

Batting

2B:BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] (1)
HR:GROVES, Chandler [2] (1); HOEG, Morgan [1] (1)
SH:BROWER, Courtney [19] (1)Baserunning
SB:BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] (2)
HBP:BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] (1)

Fielding

E:BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] (2)

Box Score – Game 2

Samford (20-13) -vs- Austin Peay (5-17)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Samford 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 15 3
Austin Peay 0 5 3 0 0 0 X 8 6 1

W: NORRIS, Heather [13] (1-4) L: Rebecca Leonard (1-2)

 

Samford 7

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf Megan Dowdy 5 2 4 0 0 0 0
cf Shelby Maze 5 1 3 1 0 1 1
rf Caitlin Bice 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
rf Caroline Wilder 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
dp/c Abby Sweeney 4 1 2 3 0 0 2
ss Abby Adams 3 0 0 0 1 1 2
c Clara Bowen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
p Shelby Scott 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
1b Karsin Spinks 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
1b Jessica Stone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3b Callie Brister 4 2 3 3 0 0 0
2b Abbie Miranda 3 0 1 0 0 1 2
2b Lexi Higgins 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 37 7 15 7 1 4 10

Batting

2B:Megan Dowdy (1); Shelby Maze (1); Karsin Spinks (1)
HR:Abby Sweeney (1); Callie Brister (2)

Fielding

E:Shelby Maze (1); Callie Brister (2)

 

Austin Peay 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
lf GROVES, Chandler [2] 4 1 2 6 0 0 0
2b BURROUGHS, Laurel [5] 2 0 0 0 2 0 2
1b GABLE, Christiana [16] 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
ph EISENBRAUN, Ashley [22] 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
3b SPARKS, Niya [6] 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
dp DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen [18] 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
ss HOEG, Morgan [1] 1 2 1 0 3 0 0
c PAVEL, Mel [9] 4 2 2 1 0 1 2
rf ARKANSAS, Rikki [10] 2 2 0 0 1 1 2
ph OLIVER, Savanna [23] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
cf BROWER, Courtney [19] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
p NORRIS, Heather [13] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 8 6 7 9 5 9

Batting

2B:SPARKS, Niya [6] (1)
HR:GROVES, Chandler [2] (1)
SH:DiBENEDETTO, Vinchen [18] (1)

Baserunning

HBP:BROWER, Courtney [19] (1)

Fielding

E:HOEG, Morgan [1] (1)