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APSU Softball wins two games today at University of Central Arkansas Tournament

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APSU SoftballConway, AR – Austin Peay State University’s softball team won its final two games at the University of Central Arkansas Tournament, Monday, at Farris Field, putting together it’s two most-complete games of the young season in downing Arkansas-Pine Buff 8-1 before taking down Central Arkansas in the nightcap, 6-2.

Austin Peay Softball beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-1 and Central Arkansas 6-2, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-1 and Central Arkansas 6-2, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

The two wins by the Governors (3-5) marked the first time since March 22nd, 2017 – with a sweep of Samford at Cheryl Holt Field — that APSU had won back-to-back games on the same day.

Overall, Austin Peay outhit its opposition 19-14 in the twinbill, including hitting three home runs and a double.

In the circle, Kelly Mardones and Morgan Rackel each threw complete games, while giving up just one earned run each, while combining for 10 overall strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings pitched. They held their two opponents to a .218 batting average on Monday.

The Govs are scheduled to return to action, 4:00pm, Wednesday, when they travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for a single game versus Middle Tennessee

Follow the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website LetsGoPeay.com or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB.

Game 1

Austin Peay 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1

Danielle Liermann continued her early-season tear, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including her fourth home run of the season – a three-run shot to center field – and finishing with five RBIs total.

Natalie Schilling and Bailey Shorter recorded two hits each, as APSU recorded a season-high 11 hits, with Schilling and Brooke Pfefferle scoring two runs each.

Game 2

Austin Peay 6, Central Arkansas 2

Five different Govs recorded hits in the win, including two hits each for Schilling, Shorter and Carly Mattson.

Mattson hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to break open a 2-1 contest, while Shorter added her first collegiate home run the in sixth inning, a solo shot out to right.

Austin Peay also set a school single-game record with seven stolen bases in the contest, including three by Schilling.

Inside the Box Score

With her five RBIs in the UAPB game, Danielle Liermann drove in nine runs in four games.

Austin Peay stole 12 bases in the two games.

Nine different Govs scored, while eight different Govs drove in runs in Monday’s games.

Liermann’s home run was also the 20th of her career, making her just the seventh APSU player to reach that milestone.

The five RBIs by Liermann gives her 86 total in her career, tying her for fifth all-time with Natasha Anderson (2004-07) and Amanda Travis (1996-99).

Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong

On getting two all-around game performances
“We needed to win two games today and  I’m really pleased with how we played, especially pleased with how we threw the ball; both of our pitchers threw really well.”

On having other hitters step up
“That’s really where we’ve struggled (this season) we haven’t contributed, especially on the back half, but several kids had good games today. Bailey Shorter had a great day today and I was pleased with her and we need more contributions from the back-half of the lineup like we did today.”

On being aggressive on the bases
“We have that potential and we have some kids that can run. I like to play that way, I like to play a fast style.”

On build momentum
“Hopefully, we can get on a roll, continue to play like we did today and build some momentum moving forward.”

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