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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Morgan Rackel pitched the Governors first no-hitter in 21 years in Game 1 versus Eastern Illinois, Sunday at Cheryl Holt Field at Joe and Cathi Maynard Softball Stadium, to help propel the APSU Govs to an Ohio Valley Conference sweep of the Panthers in 1-0 and 11-5 finals.
The two wins for the Govs (33-15, 14-4 OVC) also help set a school single-season record for victories, breaking the old mark of 32 wins set back in 1989, while also guaranteeing the team a spot in the OVC Championship Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season.
Rackel (18-6) would only need 89 pitches to complete the sixth no-hitter in the program’s history, with only three EIU (31-17, 10-8 OVC) hitters reaching base in the contest, coming on two APSU errors and a walk. She struck out 11.
The Govs will be off until next weekend, as they concentrate on final exams during the midweek, but return to action by traveling to Murray State and Tennessee State next Saturday and Sunday to wrap-up their 2018 regular-season schedule.
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Austin Peay 1, Eastern Illinois 0
Bailey Shorter accounted for all the scoring behind Rackel’s no-hitter, leading off the bottom of the seventh inning by blasting a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for her fifth home run of the season to seal away the 1-0 walk-off victory.
Kacy Acree would have the only other APSU hit in Game 1, a single down the left field line to open the fourth inning, with Natalie Schilling being the only other Gov to reach base with a one-out walk in the sixth inning.
Austin Peay 11, Eastern Illinois 5
The Govs would fall behind 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning but responded with three runs in the inning – highlighted by a two-run double by Acree – to cut the Panthers lead to one.
It would remain a 4-3 game until the bottom of the fourth, when the Govs exploded for five runs on three hits, to take the lead for good, including a two-run single by Shorter and a RBI double by Carly Mattson.
Austin Peay would add a single run in the fifth inning, on an RBI single by Acree, while tacking on two final runs in the sixth – including one on a pinch-hit single by Savanna Oliver – before the Panthers added their final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning for the 11-5 final.
Inside the Box Score
Morgan Rackel’s no-hitter was the first by an APSU pitcher since Amanda Stout pitched an 8-0 no-hitter versus Kentucky State on March 27th, 1997.
Kacy Acree has reached base in 24 straight games, the second-longest such streak by an APSU player since the 2000 season.
Kacy Acree had recorded a hit in 11 straight games, the third streak of at least 10-straight games with a hit in her career, no other APSU player has more than one such streak in their careers since 2000.
The 12 home wins this season ties the school record for home victories at Cheryl Holt Field at Joe and Cathi Maynard Softball Stadium, matching the 2003 and 2007 teams.
The Govs have now scored 210 runs this season, the first time the team has surpassed 200 runs in a season since 1994.
Austin Peay hitters have drawn 153 walks this season, the most in a single season in school history.
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