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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team won in walk-off fashion twice versus Alabama A&M, Wednesday afternoon at Cheryl Holt Field at Joe and Cathi Maynard Softball Stadium, as the Governors came away with 1-0 and 3-2 victories over the Bulldogs.
The wins improve the Govs record to 29-15 this spring and guarantees Austin Peay will finish above .500 this season for the first time since 1993, when they finished that campaign 28-22 overall.
The Govs return to Ohio Valley Conference play this Saturday and Sunday, as they host Southern Illinois Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois for a pair of doubleheaders.
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Austin Peay 1, Alabama A&M 0
Govs starter Kelly Mardones and Alabama A&M’s Imani Largin matched scoreless innings early-on, as the pair put up zeros on the scoreboard into the fifth inning, before Mardones was lifted for Morgan Rackel with one out in the top of the sixth inning.
Rackel (16-6) picked up the win in relief, throwing the final 1.2 innings and striking out four of the five batters she faced.
Austin Peay 3 Alabama A&M 2
An error by Alabama A&M, on an Emily Moore bunt, would put runners at first and third — with one out – followed by Moore stealing second base to get into scoring position.
Acree would tie the game 2-2 on a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Inagaki, with Moore moving to third base and Bailey Shorter stepping to the plate.
Rackel would earn her second win of the day in relief, going the final 1.2 innings, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out four.
Alabama A&M had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings, with Austin Peay scoring its first run of the nightcap, in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1, on a sacrifice fly by Gross that brought in Natalie Schilling.
Inside the Box Score
The two wins give the Govs 29 victories this season, the second-most wins in a single season in program history.
The 1-0 final in Game 1 was the 11th shutout the season for APSU pitching, tying the 1993 squad for the second-most total shutouts in a single season.
The walk-off wins were the first for Austin Peay since April 10th, 2016, when APSU had a walk-off win versus Tennessee State.
Austin Peay has won the last 16 meeting with Alabama A&M.
Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong
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On taking advantage of late mistakes
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