APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Carly Mattson collected three of the Govs 10 hits versus Middle Tennessee, Wednesday at Cheryl Holt Field, but if wasn’t enough as the Govs fell to the Blue Raiders, 8-2.
The Govs (24-12) trailed 5-0 after the first two-and-a-half innings of play, with MTSU (27-15) scoring twice in the top of the first inning and adding three more runs in the third.
Kacy Acree would get the Govs on the board in the bottom of the third by leading off the inning with her sixth home run of the season to make it 5-1.
The Blue Raiders would add two more runs in the fourth to extend their lead out to 7-1, before Mattson led off the bottom of the inning with her seventh homer this season to cut the deficit to 7-2.
Middle Tennessee would closeout the game’s scoring with a single run in the top of the fifth inning for the 8-2 final.
The Govs return to Ohio Valley Conference play, 3:00pm, Friday as they host defending conference champion Jacksonville State for a doubleheader.
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Inside the Box Score
Carly Mattson tied her single-game career high with three hits versus Middle Tennessee.
The loss to MTSU was the first in 10 games this season where the Govs had recorded at least two home runs in the game.
The Govs did not record a stolen base versus the Blue Raiders, breaking a string of 12 straight games with at least one stolen base.
Kacy Acree has reached base in 12 straight games, one game short of her season high.
The Govs two home runs gives them 39 total this season, tying the school single-season record set last spring.
Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong
On not being happy with today’s effort
“Middle Tennessee played well, and you have to give them credit, but I was disappointed in our lack of effort today. Championship caliber teams bring effort every single day and until we learn to do that we won’t win at that high level that we want to be.”
On Carly Mattson‘s big day at the plate
“It’s great to see Carly swinging the bat good again. Carly, I felt all fall was really good for us and she’s starting to come around and the better she is the better we are, so there were some positives out there today.”
On getting ready for Jacksonville State
“Hopefully just the name Jacksonville State is enough for us to be motivated to come out and play our best and we’re going to have to play our best to win even one game this weekend. Hopefully today was a little bit of a wake-up call. Sometimes losing is good for you, so we’ll see how we bounce back tomorrow in practice.