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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs softball selected 11th in OVC Pre-Season Poll

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team is picked to finish in 11th place in the Ohio Valley Conference pre-season poll in a voting by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. That was announced Thursday by the conference office.

Austin Peay Softball picked to place 11th in OVC Pre-Season Poll. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball picked to place 11th in OVC Pre-Season Poll. (APSU Sports Information)

The Lady Govs finished with 50 total points, while last season’s OVC Tournament champion Tennessee Tech was picked to win the 2016 regular season, receiving 13 of the 24 total first-place votes and 231 points overall.

Jacksonville State (nine first-place votes/226 points), and Murray State (two first-place votes/195 points) were the other two schools that picked up first-place votes in the poll, while the 2015 regular-season champion Southern Illinois Edwardsville (192 points) was picked to finish fourth.

Picked in fifth through eighth places and predicted to make the OVC post-season field are Eastern Kentucky (fifth/151 points), Eastern Illinois (sixth/112 points), Southeast Missouri (seventh/111 points) and Tennessee Martin (eighth/108 points). Rounding out the poll is Morehead State (ninth/94 points), Belmont (10th/66 points), the Lady Govs and Tennessee State (12th/27 points).

The Lady Govs return 14 letter winners — including seven starters and five pitchers — from last season’s 9-37 squad. They finished 11th in OVC play with a 5-22 mark under then-coach Stephanie Paris. Shane Showalter was named head coach last summer for 2015-16 after Paris’ resignation.

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