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APSU Softball travels to Southeast Missouri, UT Martin this weekend

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APSU Softball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will continue its string of Ohio Valley Conference road games this weekend, when they travel to Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Martin for a pair of doubleheaders.

Austin Peay Softball plays a pair of doubleheader games against Southeast Missouri and UT Martin this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball plays a pair of doubleheader games against Southeast Missouri and UT Martin this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs (14-20, 2-4 OVC) will open the weekend, 1:00pm, Saturday in Cape Girardeau, MO, at the Southeast Softball Complex versus the Redhawks (15-16, 0-6 OVC), and conclude the weekend in Martin, Tennessee, at Bettye Giles Field with a 1:00pm twinbill versus the Skyhawks (25-11, 4-2 OVC).

This weekend’s two matchups are two of the three most played in APSU history.

The APSU-SEMO games this weekend will be the 89th and 90th all-time played between the two schools, the third-most played series all-time for the Govs, dating back to their first meeting on March 3rd, 1989, with Austin Peay trailing in the series 67-21 and 32-10 in games played in Cape Girardeau.

APSU Softball - Danielle LiermannBut no opponent in Austin Peay’s history has been across the field in the opposing dugout more than Tennessee Martin, with this weekend’s games being the 108th and 109th in the all-time series, dating back to March 5th, 1986, with the Govs trailing in the series 74-33 and 44-14 in games played in Martin.

The Govs and the Skyhawks have already played once this season at the Ole Miss Red & Blue Classic back on March 3rd, with Austin Peay coming up on the short end of a 4-2 final.

Offensively after Austin Peay’s first 34 games, the Govs are led by sophomore third baseman Danielle Liermann‘s .340 batting average, which includes eight doubles and eight home runs and a team-high 29 runs driven in.

APSU Softball - Carly MattsonSophomore catcher Carly Mattson is right behind Liermann, with a .337 batting average having collected five doubles and a team-high nine home runs, while recording 20 RBIs and scoring 20 runs.

Red-shirt sophomore outfielder Kacy Acree has seen her batting average more over the .300 mark for the first time since early in the season after batting .435 over the past six games, entering the weekend at .312 with six doubles, three triples and seven home runs, along with 22 RBIs and a team-high 28 runs scored.

Coming in just under the .300 mark, .299 to be exact, is sophomore shortstop Kendall Vedder, who has seven doubles and five home runs this season, while driving in 19 and scoring 17 runs.

APSU Softball - Kelsey GrossIn the circle, freshman Kelsey Gross leads the Govs with a 7-6 win-loss record, with a 5.87 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 78.2 innings of work this season.

But of all the Govs pitchers, senior Autumn Hanners comes in on the biggest roll, winning four of her last five starts – with her only loss being a 1-0 setback to Eastern Kentucky – to improve her season’s record to 6-7 overall, with a 3.23 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 86.2 innings pitched.

Senior Christiana Gable (1-6, 5.09 ERA and 23 k’s in 42.2 innings) has the other APSU win this season.

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