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APSU Sports Information
Macon,GA – The streaking Austin Peay State University softball team ran its current win streak to seven games, Friday at Sikes Field, winning both of its opening games at the Mercer Bears Classic – defeating Bucknell in its morning contest, 4-3, and host Mercer in its afternoon tilt, 7-1.
With the wins, the Governors improve to 13-7 on the season while extending their longest win streak since the 1997 season to seven games, when the program set the school record of 10 straight wins.
The Govs will continue play at the Bears Classic Saturday, with two more games and one time change from the original schedule.
Austin Peay will have a rematch with Bucknell at the original time of 9:00am, but its contest versus Rutgers has been pushed back to a 3:45pm first pitch instead of 11:15am.
Austin Peay 4, Bucknell 3
The Governors scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally past Bucknell, 4-3, after the Bison had scored in the top of the inning to take its final lead of the game.
Natalie Schilling would open the inning with a single through the right side of the infield, her second hit of the game, and move to second when the Bucknell second baseman dropped a throw on Kacy Acree‘s ground ball.
A pitch later, Moore would race home with what turned out to be the game-winning run on a wild pitch by Bucknell.
Rackel (7-2) would take it from there, despite not having her best stuff, kept the Bison off the scoreboard in their final to at bats to preserve the 4-3 victory.
The left-hander would finish the game giving up eight hits and three runs – all earned – while striking out a season-low three hitters.
Austin Peay would jump out on top in the second inning on Bailey Shorter‘s second home run of the season
The score would remain that way until the top of the fourth, when Bucknell (8-13) hit the first of its two home runs in the game to take a 2-1 lead.
The Govs would answer right back in the bottom of the inning, tying the game 2-2, as they took advantage of three Bison error – including one that allowed Carly Mattson to score the tying run.
Bucknell would take its final lead in the top of the fifth inning on their second home run of the game – a solo shot.
Austin Peay 7, Mercer 1
The Govs got great pitching performances from starter Kelly Mardones and Kelsey Gross in relief, as they limited the Bears to just one run on seven hits, while the Govs offense blasted four home runs – including two by Rackel — which tied the school single-game record.
Overall, Mardones (4-2) went the first five innings, giving up five hits and one run, while Gross closed out the game with two shutout innings of relief to pick up the save.
The Bears would tie the game with a home run of their own in the bottom of the fifth, but Austin Peay wouldn’t be denied, with Rackel crushing a two-run shot to center field in the top of the sixth to give the Govs the lead for good, 3-1.
Austin Peay would put the game away in the seventh, hitting two more tow-run homers, the first by Acree and two batters later Rackel blasting her second of the game.
Inside the Box Score
Kelsey Gross‘ save versus Mercer was the first of her career.
The four home runs versus Mercer were a season high.
The win versus Bucknell was the first for the Govs this season when they were out hit by their opponent.
The 10 hits recorded by the Govs versus Mercer marks the sixth time this season they have collected at least 10 hits in a game.
Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong
On how they won
On current win streak
On keeping focus
TopicsAPSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Softball, APSU Sports, APSU Women's Softball, Austin Peay State University, Bailey Shorter, Bucknell, Carly Mattson, Emily Moore, Kacy Acree, Kelly Mardones, Kelsey Gross, Lady Govs, Macon GA, Mercer, Mercer Bears Classic, Morgan Rackel, Natalie Schilling, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Rodney DeLong, Rutgers, Samford
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