Southeast Missouri State softball team sweeps Austin Peay

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Southeast Missouri State softball team completed a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series sweep Sunday, beating host Austin Peay 6-2 in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Redhawks (19-24, 10-12), who have a season-high five-game winning streak, remained eighth in the 11-team OVC. They are just a game out of sixth place. Austin Peay (12-25, 6-15) is in ninth place.

Southeast and Austin Peay were tied 2-2 entering the sixth inning when the Redhawks scored four runs. Renee Kertz provided the game-winning hit with her third home run of the season.

The Redhawks had nine hits, led by Taylor Cowan with two. Shelby Stein had two RBIs.

Alora Marble (11-11) pitched her 17th complete game of the season and collected her second win of the series. She fired a five-hitter Sunday, striking out three and walking two.

Southeast returns to action Wednesday, visiting defending OVC regular-season champion Eastern Illinois for a 5 p.m. contest.

The third-place Panthers (22-17, 12-6) swept a doubleheader at Southeast earlier this year.

Tennis

Southeast ended its season Sunday with its fifth one-point defeat of the year, a 4-3 OVC loss at SIU Edwardsville.

The Redhawks (5-12, 2-7) compiled their most wins since 2008. Last year's squad won two matches.

Southeast tied with SIUE (7-13, 2-7) for eighth in the 10-team OVC. The top six qualified for the league tournament.

Elizabeth Nyenwe, Melissa Martin and Heather Robinson posted singles wins for Southeast. Nikole Novikova and Martin teamed for a doubles victory, but SIUE captured the decisive doubles point.

Singles

1. Carli Connors (SIUE) def. Nikole Novikova (SEMO) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6

2. Elizabeth Nyenwe (SE) def. Kali Donner 6-3, 3-6, 7-6

3. Rachel Webb (SIUE) def. Jessica Courtnell 6-2, 6-2

4. Melissa Martin (SE) def. Lindsey Raymond 6-3, 6-3

5. Heather Robinson (SE) def. Laura Horning 6-0, 6-2

6. Joanna Corkern (SIUE) def. Lauren Schaper 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

1. Novikova/Martin (SE) def. Connors/Horning 8-4

2. Raymond/Donner (SIUE) def. Courtnell/Robinson 8-5

3. Corkern/Amanda Miller (SIUE) def. Nyenwe/Schaper 8-4

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