EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE softball has four games left on the home schedule with two games Friday against Austin Peay and two against Murray State Sunday.
The Cougars hold a 35-10 record overall heading into the weekend. That includes a 10-4 record in Ohio Valley Conference play, which places the Cougars third in the league standings.
Austin Peay enters Friday's 1 p.m. doubleheader with a 16-28 overall record and a 4-12 mark in the OVC.
"Austin Peay is much improved this season and has played well against several teams," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery. "They are not anybody we plan on overlooking. We have to come out and play well and hopefully be firing on every phase of the game."
The Governors' Carly Mattson is among the league leaders in home runs with 10. As a team, Austin Peay is hitting .232. The pitching staff holds a team earned run average of 4.45.
Murray State, which plays Eastern Illinois Friday, holds a 33-14 record overall and a 9-5 record in conference play.
Jessica Twaddle leads the offense with a .415 batting average that includes 11 home runs and 37 RBIs. The top pitcher for the Racers is Mason Robinson, who tossed a no-hitter at Belmont last week and is now 21-7 with a 1.79 earned run average.
SIUE has missed its last three games due to the weather. The Cougars are hitting .279 as a team, led by a .344 batting average from Smiley. Redshirt freshman Zoe Schafer and sophomore Alyssa Heren are right behind at .343.
Chambers-Book, who was drafted as the 14th overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft earlier this week, is SIUE's top hurler. The left-hander holds a 22-6 record with 220 strikeouts in 176 1/3 innings pitched.
Montgomery said the Cougars will need to focus on their own game.
"We have to play a clean game of softball, execute pitches and get the job done," she added.