LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Bellarmine Softball is staying in Tennessee this weekend for five games at the Governors Classic hosted by Austin Peay. When the invitation ends on Sunday, Bellarmine will have played seven games in seven days last week.
Games begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. against Northern Iowa from the Bellarmine slate. The Knights next face Northern Illinois at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. On Saturday, an 11:30 a.m. game against NIU is again followed by a 7:00 p.m. rematch with Northern Iowa. BU wraps up the weekend with a 1:00 p.m. game against host Austin Peay on Sunday.
Northern Iowa is 3-7 this season with its last win over ASUN opponent Lipscomb on March 2.n/a. The Panthers beat Lipscomb 4-3 in Nashville. Prior to the victory, UNI had lost five straight games against tough competition – Iowa State, Minnesota and Charlotte. The Panthers started their season with a 2-1 win over Nebraska out of the Big Ten. Mya Dodge was Northern Iowa’s leading hitter this season, with a .313 batting average and two homers.
The other northern enemy is northern Illinois. The Huskies are 4-4 this season and have won three of their last four games. NIU’s best win came against Indiana on Day 2 of the season. The Huskies beat the Hoosiers 14-3 in a five inning rule. Northern Illinois also picked up victories over Butler and Eastern Kentucky, which is known to ASUN this season. NIU has two players at bat at .500 or better this season – Katie Keller (.519) and Kara Apato (.500).
Host Austin Peay has been streaky this season, starting the year with four straight wins, followed by three straight losses. Governors are now 9-5, most recently losing to UAB 7-3 last Saturday. APSU will join ASUN next season and have already faced several future conference opponents this year. The Governors have beaten Gulf Coast Florida twice and shared two games with North Alabama. The Knights will be Austin Peay’s third ASUN opponent on the schedule this year. Lexi Osowski is batting an impressive .524 with five doubles this season.
The Knights recently faced UT-Martin on Tuesday, losing twice in a doubleheader. Previously, Bellarmine split their home openers against Green Bay and Western Michigan at Knights Field. Grace Werner leads Bellarmine in batting .308 this season, while Alexis Hargrove has a team best 8 RBI. Megan Murphy and Claire Lehmkuhler have had quite a bit of action in the circle recently, now leading the team with eight appearances each in 16 games.
Bellarmine’s final game this weekend against Austin Peay can be viewed on ESPN+.
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