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APSU Softball’s offense goes cold in 3-0 loss to Jacksonville State at OVC Tournament

APSU Sports Information

APSU SoftballOxford, AL –  Austin Peay State University’s softball team had its chances versus Jacksonville State on Day 2 of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Tournament, Thursday at Choccolocco Park, but couldn’t punch across a run in a 3-0 defeat.

Austin Peay Softball's Natalie Shilling had one base hit and stole two bases in loss to Jacksonville State Thursday afternoon. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Softball’s Natalie Shilling had one base hit and stole two bases in loss to Jacksonville State Thursday afternoon. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs (37-16), the tournaments second-seed, put runners in base in six of the seven innings played — including getting the lead-off batter on base to start the second and fourth innings and runners into scoring position in the third and fifth innings — but could not capitalize on those chances.

Overall, the Govs only collected two hits in the loss, a single by Morgan Rackel in the second inning and a single by Natalie Schilling in the third.

Jacksonville State (31-23), the tournament’s third-seed, did all its damage in the first two innings, with a single run in the first inning on a solo home run, followed by two more runs in the second inning off three hits.

The Govs continue their OVC Softball Championship run, 12:30pm, Friday, facing Morehead State in an elimination game.

A victory versus Morehead State would earn the Govs a spot in Friday’s nightcap elimination contest, starting at 5:30pm.

You can follow all the Govs action at the OVC Softball Championships at the conference’s tournament website at http://ovcsports.com/sports/2017/6/15/2018softball.aspx or at the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website Let’sGoPeay.com or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB for more information or updates.

Inside the Box Score

The shutout was the first suffered by the Govs this season, breaking a school-record 54-game streak without being shutout.

Junior outfielder Kacy Acree saw her hit streak end at 15 games, but a fifth-inning walk extended her string of games reaching base to 29.

Junior pitcher Morgan Rackel has not allowed an opponent to score a run in her last 27.2 innings of work covering four-plus appearances.

Junior outfielder Natalie Schilling stole two bases versus Jacksonville State marking the ninth game this season where she has stolen at least two bases in a contest.

Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Rodney DeLong

On tough day at the plate
“I would have never expected us to get beat 3-0. We just didn’t perform at the plate, and I think we just put to much pressure on ourselves. We tried to swing our way back into the thing instead of being patient, seeing pitches and working counts a little bit.”

On a long, but achievable challenge ahead
“We definitely have our hands full and hopefully we just compete the best we can and come out and play hard. It’s going to be a couple of long days, but we’ve had a couple of long streaks of playing well this year and where’s no doubt we can do it again.”

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