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Instant Peay Play: APSU Football Govs have positives despite low pick in preseason polls

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – To no one’s surprise, Austin Peay State University’s football team was picked to finish last the official Ohio Valley Conference poll – as well as the media poll – at last week’s OVC Football Media Day, but a closer look inside some key numbers shows the 2016 season outlook may not be as bleak as predicted.

First, the Governors return 56 letter winners from 2015, which is the third most among conference teams, and over 10 more than five OVC opponents – including the prohibitive favorite to win the conference, Jacksonville State.

Austin Peay Governors Football has reasons to feel good about the 2016 Season.

Austin Peay Governors Football has reasons to feel good about the 2016 Season.

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APSU Governors Football picked ninth in preseason poll at OVC Media Day

 

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APSU Football - Austin Peay State UniversityNashville, TN – Austin Peay State University football was picked ninth in the Ohio Valley Conference by a vote of the conference coaches and sports information directors announced Monday at the annual OVC Media Day.

Defending champion Jacksonville State was the top preseason choice for a third straight year, picking up 16 of 18 first-place votes and 128 points total.

Austin Peay State University Football picked to finish last in OVC Preseason Poll. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Football picked to finish last in OVC Preseason Poll. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: Four names added to pantheon of APSU Baseball Draft Picks

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – This past week in New York City, Major League Baseball held its annual amateur draft with four Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players having their names called, bring the all-time total to 40 players selected in the draft from APSU since the first Gov was drafted in 1972.

Juniors Ridge Smith (catcher), Logan Gray (third base), Garrett Copeland (second base) and senior pitcher Jared Carkuff were chosen in the 12th, 13th, 30th and 35th rounds, respectively, marking the second time Austin Peay had has as many as four players drafted at one time – and trailing only the 2013 MLB draft were the Govs had five players picked.

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Four APSU Govs picked in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft, Saturday

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityNew York, NY  – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team saw a quartet of student-athletes drafted in the third day of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

Junior catcher Ridge Smith was the first Governors player to be drafted, hearing his named called in the 12th round (372nd pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays. Junior third baseman/outfielder Logan Gray went next with his hometown Kansas City Royals nabbing him in the 13th round (403rd pick).

APSU Baseball's Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff drafted in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

APSU Baseball’s Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff drafted in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

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Austin Peay State University Baseball eliminated from OVC Tournament by Southeast Missouri

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – The improbable became the impossible as midnight struck on the Austin Peay State University baseball season, Saturday night, in an Ohio Valley Conference tourney elimination game at the Ballpark at Jackson.

After finishing a game at 2:48am, Thursday, and playing a 4-hour, 44-minute dramatic 13-inning game earlier Saturday, the physically-taxed Govs ran out of magic and pitching late against No. 1 seed Southeast Missouri, falling 10-4.

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Southeast Missouri 10-4 in OVC Tournament elimination game Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Southeast Missouri 10-4 in OVC Tournament elimination game Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

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13 inning affair ends with APSU Baseball besting Belmont Bruins, 7-4

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJacksonville, TNRidge Smith and Clayton Smithson slashed run-producing 13th-inning doubles while senior closer Jared Carkuff threw 6.2 innings of relief as Austin Peay State University survived against Belmont, 7-4, Saturday afternoon, in a marathon Ohio Valley Conference baseball tourney elimination game at the Ballpark at Jackson.

Austin Peay's Jared Carkuff pitches 6.2 innings in relief to help Govs beat Belmont in OVC Baseball Tournament, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Jared Carkuff pitches 6.2 innings in relief to help Govs beat Belmont in OVC Baseball Tournament, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball OVC Tournament game against Jacksonville State suspended

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – Austin Peay State University’s second game of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball championship against Jacksonville State was suspended late Thursday night with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the fourth.

The game is scheduled to resume at 11:00am, Friday.

Austin Peay Baseball game against Jacksonville State suspended in the fourth inning with the game tied 3-3. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball game against Jacksonville State suspended in the fourth inning with the game tied 3-3. (APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University has four Govs earn All-OVC honors

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – Junior utility man Logan Gray led a group of four Austin Peay State University baseball players named to the 2016 All-Ohio Valley Conference teams and recognized during Tuesday’s banquet preceding the OVC Baseball Championship.

Gray was the only Governors player to receive first-team recognition in a vote of league’s baseball coaches and sports information directors. Junior right fielder Chase Hamilton, junior starting pitcher Alex Robles and senior relief pitcher Jared Carkuff were each named to the league’s second team.

Austin Peay Baseball's Jared Carkuff, Alex Robles, Chase Hamilton, and Logan Gray. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball’s Jared Carkuff, Alex Robles, Chase Hamilton, and Logan Gray. (APSU Sports Information)

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OVC Baseball Tournament awaits APSU Governors

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – After a two-year hiatus, Austin Peay State University’s baseball team returns to the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship.

The Govs open the double-elimination tournament with a 5:00pm, Wednesday contest against Belmont at The Ballpark at Jackson.

Austin Peay Baseball plays three OVC games at Morehead State starting with a Friday doubleheader. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball plays three OVC games at Morehead State starting with a Friday doubleheader. (APSU Sports Information)

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2016 OVC Baseball Championship begins Wednesday, May 24th

 

Ohio Valley Conference - OVCBrentwood, TN – The 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship field is now set. The event will be held May 25th-29th at The Ballpark at Jackson (formerly Pringles Park) in Jackson, Tennessee.

This year marks the seventh year in a row the event will be held at the venue, which is home of the Jackson Generals, the AA-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

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