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APSU Sports Information
Macon, GA – The streak continues for the Austin Peay State University softball team, Saturday at Sikes Field, as it claimed its eighth and ninth consecutive victories — both in shutout fashion — in downing Bucknell, 2-0, and Rutgers, 7-0.
With the wins, the Govs improve to 15-7 on the season, the best start by an Austin Peay softball team since 1989, when they opened the season 16-7 on its way to a 32-19 campaign.
Austin Peay will conclude its stay at the classic on Sunday with a 12:15pm contest versus host Mercer.
Austin Peay 2, Bucknell 0
Austin Peay scored two early runs and starter Kelsey Gross made it hold up, as the Govs defeated Bucknell, 2-0.
An out later, Shorter would score from second base to make it 1-0 when an attempted pick-off throw by the Bucknell catcher went into center field, with Harkleroad moving all the way around to third base.
Brooke Pfefferle would take advantage, driving in Harkleroad with a single up the middle to make it 2-0.
Those two runs would be all that Gross (3-3) would need, as the sophomore scattered five hits in picking up the complete-game, shutout victory, walking one and striking out six.
Austin Peay 7, Rutgers 0
The Govs would take an early lead then pull away late, as Kelly Mardones held Big 10 Conference member Rutgers to just four hits and one walk, while needing only 81 pitches to earn a 7-0 victory over the Scarlet Knights (14-14).
The score would remain that way until the top of the fourth when Acree would break the game open with a three-run homer, set up by a two-out hit by Pfefferle and a walk to Natalie Schilling.
Shorter would finish the game reaching base four times on three singles and a walk, while Acree and Pfefferle had two hits each.
Inside the Box Score
Kelsey Gross has thrown shutouts in her last two starts.
Govs pitchers have thrown five shutouts in APSU’s last eight games.
The seven shutouts so far this season is the most by a Govs pitching staff since 2007 when they recorded nine shutouts.
The Govs 12 hits versus Rutgers tied their season high.
Govs leadoff batter Natalie Schilling has reached base in 12 straight games.
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