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Austin Peay State University Baseball head coach Gary McClure gets 4-year contract extension

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – A day after Gary McClure became the first Ohio Valley Conference baseball coach in history to record 800 career victories, Austin Peay State University has announced it has signed its longtime coach to a four-year extension through the 2017-18 season.

McClure, who has led Austin Peay baseball to three straight NCAA tournaments and six overall, became only the 28th active coach with 800 career victories, Sunday, when the Governors defeated Iowa, 7-4.

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APSU Governors Baseball set to begin Second Round of OVC Tournament Thursday

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s nationally-ranked baseball team will put its program-record 12-game win streak on the line when it opens Ohio Valley Conference Tournament play with a 3:00pm, Thursday contest against an opponent to be determined.

OVC Player of the Year Craig Massoni will lead the Govs into the postseason, beginning Thursday at the OVC Baseball Championship. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

OVC Player of the Year Craig Massoni will lead the Govs into the postseason, beginning Thursday at the OVC Baseball Championship. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University Baseball’s Craig Massoni, Tyler Rogers sweep OVC Postseason Awards

 

Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – For the third time in program history Austin Peay State University’s baseball team can celebrate a sweep of the Ohio Valley Conference’s top awards. Junior first baseman Craig Massoni was named the league’s Player of the Year and senior closer Tyler Rogers was named its Pitcher of the Year at the annual OVC Baseball Awards Banquet held Tuesday night.

“I’m not sure I have a word that is good enough to describe what these two men meant to our team,” said Austin Peay head coach Gary McClure. “Having Tyler involved in 27 decisions over 42 wins is incredible. And on the other hand, Craig was a guy who hit almost .500 in league play and didn’t do it with singles – he did it with doubles and home runs.

Junior Craig Massoni (left) and senior Tyler Rogers were named the OVC's Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, at the OVC Baseball Awards Banquet, Tuesday. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Junior Craig Massoni (left) and senior Tyler Rogers were named the OVC’s Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, at the OVC Baseball Awards Banquet, Tuesday. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay inducts Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson into APSU Hall of Fame

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Gary McClure, Austin Peay State University’s all-time winningest baseball coach who has taken his Governors to five NCAA Regionals, and Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, whose dedication to APSU athletics and its athletes extends well beyond financial contributions and services, were inducted into to the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday.

In addition, Andrew Lorentzson, who starred in basketball for Austin Peay in the mid-1930s when it was a junior college, also was inducted through the University’s new Honors category, reserved for those former athletes who competed at least 50 years ago. Loren McCamey Schanding, granddaughter of the late Lorentzson, who died in 1971, accepted the award for the family.

Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson inducted into APSU Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson inducted into APSU Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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On precipice of becoming OVC’s wins leader, Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – When Billy Merkel stepped down as Austin Peay State University baseball coach in Fall 1987, then-athletics director Bob Brooks had a decision to make: begin a search for a replacement, possibly interrupting fall practice and workouts, or name Gary McClure, the program’s graduate assistant, as interim coach.

It would be unfair to call Governors baseball an afterthought back then-APSU only had one Ohio Valley Conference title (1972) prior to that, but it certainly was not at the forefront of any APSU athletics discussions.

Austin Peay Baseball head coach Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball head coach Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Dr. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson to be inducted into APSU Athletic Hall of Fame

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Gary McClure, Austin Peay State University’s all-time winningest baseball coach who has taken his Governors to five NCAA Regionals, and Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, whose dedication to APSU athletics and its athletes extends well beyond financial contributions and services, have been named to 2013 APSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition, Andrew Lorentzson, who starred in basketball for Austin Peay in the mid-1930s when it was a junior college, also will be inducted into the APSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame through the new Honors category, reserved for those former athletes who competed at least 50 years ago.

Gary McClure, Dr. W. Cooper Beazley and Andrew Lorentzson to be inducted into the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Gary McClure, Dr. W. Cooper Beazley and Andrew Lorentzson to be inducted into the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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15th Annual Ladies Golf Tournament won by Team of Cindy Taylor, Gina Deere, Donna Ruggles and Lynn Osborn

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The team of Cindy Taylor, Gina Deere, Donna Ruggles and Lynn Osborn captured the 15th Annual Ladies Golf Tournament on a scorecard playoff, Wednesday, during play at Swan Lake Golf Course.

The quartet fired an 11-under 61 in the four-person scramble, sponsored by Austin Peay State University to raise awareness of women’s athletics. They edged out the team of Jan Watson-Paulette Lynch-Mashea Johnson-Andrea Dunford, who also shot a 61.

15th Annual Ladies Golf Tournament. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

15th Annual Ladies Golf Tournament. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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