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APSU Lady Govs Softball plays defending OVC Champions SIU Edwardsville

 

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APSU SoftballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will open the Ohio Valley Conference part of its 2016 schedule this weekend, as it travels to 2015 league regular-season champion Southern Illinois Edwardsville for a three-game series.

Austin Peay Softball to play three game series against SIU Edwardsville Cougars starting Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball to play three game series against SIU Edwardsville Cougars starting Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

Originally scheduled to be a Saturday-Sunday event, but rescheduled for a Sunday-Monday series because of inclement weather in the Edwardsville, IL, area Friday night-Saturday morning, the series will now begin 1:00pm Sunday, with a doubleheader and conclude with a 2:00pm, Monday single game.

The Governors (4-13) enter the series having won two of three home games this past week, while the Cougars (6-11) won their home opener this past Wednesday versus Drake.

Through the first 17 games of the season, offensively, the Govs have five players hitting .300-or-better, led by a trio of freshmen. Outfielder Kacy Acree leads the group with a .364 average, including a team-best 15 runs scored and six doubles. She also has a triple, two home runs and nine RBI.

She is followed by third baseman Danielle Liermann (.345/2 HR/15 RBI) and shortstop Kendall Vedder (.333/0 HR/8 RBI). Liermann’s 15 RBIs leads the team.

Junior outfielder Chandler Groves (.316/1 HR/6 RBI) and senior catcher Mel Pavel (.300/0 HR/3 RBI) round out the quintet above the .300 batting mark.

In the pitchers’ circle, juniors Autumn Hanners and Allie Blackwood lead the team with a pair of wins each. Hanners is 2-6 this season, with a team best 3.27 ERA, to go with 25 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work; while Blackwood is 2-0, with a 5.12 ERA and 11 strikeouts.


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