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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will make its first ever trip to Johnson City, Tennessee, and Betty Basler Field this weekend to play in the East Tennessee State University Buccaneer Classic.
The Governors (6-7) will open-up play in the classic, 9:00am, Saturday morning versus Jackson State, followed by a 1:30pm afternoon contest against the classic’s host East Tennessee.
The classic concludes on Sunday for APSU with a 9:00am contest versus Saint Peter’s and a rematch with East Tennessee at 1:30pm.
The Govs enter the weekend having played some of its beat softball of the season last week, as they went 5-2 and reached the championship game of the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Spring Fling Tournament.
Leading the Govs offense heading into the weekend is the current Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Danielle Liermann, batted .364 last week, with three home runs among her eight hits and 12 RBIs in seven games, while overall this season she is hitting at an even .400, with three doubles, six home runs and 21 RBIs.
Kacy Acree is the only other Governor hitting over .300 after the team’s first 13 games, coming in with a .345 batting average, with two doubles, a home run and five RBI.
In the circle, Austin Peay has three pitchers that have picked up wins this season led by Morgan Rackel (3-2, 2.18 ERA, 49 K’s) and followed by Kelly Mardones (2-2, 2.39 ERA, 11 K’s) and Kelsey Gross (1-3, 7.88 ERA, 11 K’s).
Rackel and Mardones pitched back-to-back shutouts versus Western Kentucky and Dayton last weekend at the Hilltopper Spring Fling Tournament, while Gross picked up her first win in the second meeting of the weekend versus Western Kentucky.
Follow the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website Let’sGoPeay.com or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB for any other information, updates and possible schedule changes.
Scouting the Opposition
The game between Austin Peay and Saint Peter’s will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Austin Peay is 1-1 all-time versus East Tennessee and Jackson State.
The Buccaneer Classic is the fourth of five in-season tournaments the Govs are scheduled to play in during 2018.
Danielle Liermann‘s selection this week as the OVC Player of the Week was the 16th time an APSU softball player has been selected for a weekly conference honor.
The weekend marks the first time this spring that Austin Peay has played in the state of Tennessee.
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