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APSU Softball falls to Evansville, gets Shutout win over Western Kentucky at Hilltopper Spring Fling Tournament
APSU Sports Information
Bowling Green, KY – Morgan Rackel picked up her first NCAA Division I shutout, Friday afternoon at the WKU Softball Complex, as the Austin Peay State University’s softball team picked up a 5-0 victory over tournament host Western Kentucky, that followed an opening loss to Evansville that morning, 4-1.
Any shut is impressive, but Rackel (3-2) held a WKU team off the board, which came in averaging 7.5 runs per game and a .349 team batting average.
Overall, the junior lefthander scattered six Hilltopper hits, while walking three and striking out four in the complete-game victory.
The Govs (4-6) next game will be Saturday morning, 10:00am, versus Dayton, with a second game that afternoon – opponent and time to be decided after the completion of the round-robin part of the tournament.
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Evansville 4, Austin Peay 1
The Govs would have several chances to score earlier in the contest, putting runners in scoring position in each of the second, fifth and sixth innings, but strikeouts ended all three threats APSU had mounted.
Overall, Governors would strikeout 18 times in the loss.
Evansville would score single runs in each of their first three at bats, while tacking on a final run in the bottom of the sixth.
Austin Peay 5, Western Kentucky 0
The Govs took advantage of a lead-off walk to Kendall Vedder to open the top of the third, with Pfefferle ripping a ball over the left fielder’s head to score Vedder all the way around from first for a 1-0 lead.
An out later, Kacy Acree, who missed last weekend’s tournament with the flu, blasted her first home run of the season over the center field fence to make it 3-0.
The score would remain that way until the top of the sixth, when Danielle Liermann hit a towering shot off the fourth tier of the parking garage behind left field to make it 4-0 Govs.
Austin Peay’s final run would also come by the long ball, with Carly Mattson rifling a shot out over the center field fence.
Inside the Box Score
Govs have beaten Western Kentucky in three out of their last four meetings after only winning twice in their first matchups.
Danielle Liermann and Brooke Pefferle have reached base at least once in all 10 games played by the Govs this season.
Liermann’s home versus WKU moves her alone into fifth-place on the programs’ all-time home run list, now with 21 career homers.
Govs left a season-high 10 runners on base versus Evansville.
Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong
On Morgan Rackel‘s shutout
On breaking out of offensive funk
“Danielle (Liermann) didn’t have a great day today, but that last at bat she hit a ball about as far as I’ve ever seen hit. Kacy (Acree) had a big at bat when we needed it. We may not have had a lot of hits, but we had key hits.”
On moving forward in the tournament
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