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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 Baseball Players Finish Minor League Campaigns

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN - The 2013 Minor League Baseball campaign has come to a close and Austin Peay State University’s baseball team saw 14 former student-athletes playing professional baseball.

The Govs continue to have three players active in Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, New York Yankees relief pitcher Shawn Kelley and Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Matt Reynolds. Each of the three has a month left in their seasons and, in the case of A.J. Ellis and Shawn Kelley, possibly more with October postseason runs.

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball now has 14 Governors Playing Professional Baseball

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN - With its record draft class reporting to summer leagues, Austin Peay State University’s baseball team now claims a record 14 former student-athletes playing professional baseball.

The Governors saw a record five players selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft in June. Each of the five signed a professional contract and reported to leagues across the country.

Austin Peay won its sixth OVC Tournament Championship this year. APSU Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay won its sixth OVC Tournament Championship this year. APSU Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University has Four Governors taken on final day of 2013 Major League Baseball Draft

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsSeacaucus, NJ – Four Austin Peay State University baseball student-athletes were selected, Saturday, on the third day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.

Along with senior closer Tyler Rogers, who was picked in Friday’s action, the five APSU players drafted this season is a program record.

APSU Baseball has record five players drafted in this years MLB Draft. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Baseball has record five players drafted in this years MLB Draft. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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APSU has three Baseball Alumni on Major League Baseball’s opening day rosters

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN – When Major League Baseball opening its regular season today, three Austin Peay State University baseball alumni will be on big-league rosters.

Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball. (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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Austin Peay Governors Baseball’s Zach Toney and Michael Blanchard selected on the 3rd Day of the Major League Baseball Draft

 

Major League BaseballNew York, NY – Pitcher Zach Toney and outfielder Michael Blanchard, recent Austin Peay State University baseball alumni, were each selected on Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Wednesday.

Toney, of D’Iberville, MS, was selected in the 28th round (801st overall picked) by the Chicago White Sox. A first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, he completed his senior campaign with the Govs with a 5-3 record and 3.10 ERA.

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APSU Governors Baseball’s Zach Toney pitches two hit shutout in 8-0 win over Morehead State Eagles

 

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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Starting pitcher Zach Toney threw a complete-game two-hit shutout to lead Austin Peay State University’s baseball team past Morehead State, 8-0, Friday night in Ohio Valley Conference action at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Starter Zach Toney threw a complete-game two-hit shutout against Morehead State, Friday night. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Starter Zach Toney threw a complete-game two-hit shutout against Morehead State, Friday night. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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