APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – After a dynamic first week in a Governors uniform, freshman utility man Ridge Smith, of the Austin Peay State University baseball team, has been named this week’s Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week.
Smith hit .600 (6-for-10) in his first weekend series against Iowa, smacking four doubles, driving in seven runs and scoring six as the Govs went 1-2 against the visiting Hawkeyes. His .600/1.000/.643 slash-line (average/slugging/on-base percentage) leads the OVC in each category after the first weekend of play.
His efforts earned him Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors – he’s the first Governor freshman to take OVC Player of the Week honors since Jordan Hankins in 2011.
The Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week is selected by the APSU Sports Information staff each Tuesday during the academic year. Copies in a Flash, of Clarksville, sponsors the award.
Other notable performances by Austin Peay athletes included
- Freshman center Tearra Banks, of the women’s basketball team, averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Lady Govs in two OVC contests last week.
- Junior Ornella Di Salvo, of the women’s tennis team, won her season’s first singles match, at No. 2 against Lipscomb’s Melissa Kromer (6-2, 3-6, 10-8) and teamed with senior Andra Cornea for win at No. 1 doubles against Deahnna Welcher and Jenny Borck (6-2), Saturday.
- Senior utility player Lauren de Castro, of the softball team, hit her season’s first home run and earned Austin Peay’s lone win in a three-game set against IUPUI.
- Junior Aleksas Tverijonas, of the men’s tennis team, went unbeaten at No. 3 singles against Southern Illinois’ Jorge Cavero (6-4, 7-5) and Lipscomb’s Rob Mitchell (6-5, 6-2) over the weekend. He and senior Jasmin Ademovic defeated Lipscomb’s Miguel Cortez and Stuart Tierney at No. 1 doubles (6-3).
- Senior guard Travis Betran, of the men’s basketball team, averaged 21.0 points in two games last week, going a perfect 18-for-18 from the free-throw line.