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Austin Peay State University Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team hit seven home runs in its Ohio Valley Conference home opener versus Belmont, Friday at Cathi Maynard Park, as the Govs swept the Bruins 9-1 and 6-3.
Leading the Govs power display was Morgan Rackel, who hit two in the second game – with the first one tying the game 3-3 in the fifth inning, then put the Govs ahead for good, 5-3, in the sixth.
Liermann’s home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 2 was her 200th career hit, just the fourth Gov in program history to reach 200 hits in a career.
Austin Peay 9, Belmont 1
The Governors (18-14, 3-1 OVC) opened their scoring in the second inning with a solo home run by Mattson, followed an inning later by another solo shot by Dudley to go with an RBI triple by Kelsey Gross to make it 3-0.
Belmont (19-12, 2-4 OVC) would cut the Govs lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning, but that would be as close as they would get, as Rackel shut the Bruins down after that, not allowing another run, while giving up just one hit and a walk over her last two innings of work.
Overall, Rackel (13-5) allowed five hits and the one walk to the Bruins, while striking out six.
The Govs would add a single run in the fifth inning, on a single by Mattson, before closing out the game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning – highlighted by a three-run homer by Rackel and a two-run homer by Mattson — for the 9-1 final.
Austin Peay 6, Belmont 3
Liermann would also add a home run in the sixth inning – her 200th career hit — for the game’s final run in the 6-3 Govs victory.
Gross (2-1) got the win in relief, throwing four shutout innings versus the Bruins, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out one.
Inside the Boxscore
With her second of six total strikeouts in Game 1, Morgan Rackel passed Morgan Brewer (2010-13) for fourth-place all-time in career strikeouts by a pitcher, currently at 333.
Kacy Acree recorded three hits versus Belmont, giving her 184 for her career, tying her with Amanda Travis (1996-99) for fifth all-time in program history.
Carly Mattson drove in four runs versus Belmont, giving her 87 RBIs in her career and moving her past Natasha Anderson (2004-07) and Amanda Travis (1996-99) for seventh place all time in program history.
Carly Mattson’s two home game has her fourth multi-home run game of the career, a program record.
Morgan Rackel’s five RBIs in Game 2 was a career single-game high, while also being the first five-RBI game by a Govs player since Danielle Liermann drove in five versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff on February 26th, 2018.
APSU Head Coach Kassie Stanfill Statements
On Morgan Rackel’s day at the plate
On Kelsey Gross’ effort out of the bullpen
On the energy from the fans
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