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APSU Softball plays defending OVC Champion Jacksonville State at home, Friday
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 10:07 pm In Sports | No Comments
Friday, April 13th, 2018 | 3:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will host defending Ohio Valley Conference softball champion Jacksonville State, 3:00pm, Friday at Cheryl Holt Field for a doubleheader.
The Govs enter the matchup versus the Gamecocks with a 24-12 overall record this spring, including an 8-2 mark in OVC play, after dropping a non-conference mid-week game to Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, while Jacksonville State (21-17, 9-1 OVC) has not played since last Sunday.
Friday’s doubleheader will be the 40th and 41st games overall in the series between Austin Peay and Jacksonville State, dating back to their first meeting back on March 6th, 1993, with the Govs trailing in the all-time series 29-10.
Leading the Govs offense attack is junior third baseman Danielle Liermann , who enters the twinbill hitting at a .417 clip, including a team- and OVC-high 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Leading the quartet of .300 hitters is junior outfielder Natalie Schilling  (.324, 34 R, 27 SB), followed by freshman outfielder Bailey Shorter  (.320, 2 HR, 13 RBI), junior pitcher/outfielder Morgan Rackel  (.307, 6 HR, 23 RBI) and junior outfielder Kacy Acree  (.301, 6 HR, 22 RBI).
In the circle, the Govs have three pitchers that have posted .500-or-better records this spring, led by Rackel’s 12-5 mark, which includes a 1.83 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 111 innings of work. She has also recorded two saves.
Junior Kelly Mardones  has posted an 8-3 mark this season, with a 2.13 ERA and 24 k’s in 79 innings, while sophomore Kelsey Gross  rounds out the trio, coming in at 4-4, with two saves, a 4.40 ERA and 27 k’s in 43 innings pitched.
Follow the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website Let’sGoPeay.com or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB for more information or updates.
Offensively, the Gamecocks are batting .278 as a team this spring with three players batting .316-or-better – led by Taylor Beshears’ .368 batting average. She also leads her team in home runs (6) and RBIs (25).
In the circle, Faith Sims has been the workhorse for JSU this spring, with a 13-7 record, a 2.19 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 131 innings pitched.
Austin Peay has lost its last eight meetings with the Gamecocks.
Pitcher Morgan Rackel has only walked two hitters in her last 53.1 innings of work, while striking out 53 hitters over the same period.
Junior outfielder Kacy Acree  has reached base in 12 straight games.
11 of the Govs 39 home runs this season have come in leading-off an inning.
The Govs have recorded 10-or-more hits in four of the five games during the current homestand.
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 Danielle Liermann: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4701
 Natalie Schilling: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5099
 Bailey Shorter: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5105
 Morgan Rackel: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5098
 Kacy Acree: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4692
 Kelly Mardones: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5097
 Kelsey Gross: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4708
 Carly Mattson: http://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4702
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