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APSU Sports Information
Jacksonville, AL – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball rallied for three runs in their final at bat against the Ohio Valley Conference leader Jacksonville State, Friday afternoon at University Field, to earn a split with the Gamecocks, taking the opener, 3-1, before coming up short in the nightcap, 3-0.
The victory snapped an 11-game overall losing streak to JSU and was the fifth overall victory by the Govs in Jacksonville in 21 games.
The Govs return home Tuesday for their next action at Cathi Maynard Park, as they host Murray State in a Heritage Bank Battle of the Border doubleheader, scheduled first pitch is 4:00pm.
Austin Peay 3, Jacksonville State 1
Jacksonville State (24-10, 8-2 OVC) was able to get the next Gov hitter for the first out of the inning, but Drew Dudley followed by lacing the first pitch she saw into right field, scoring Osowski and Brooke Pfefferle to give the Govs their first lead of the game, 3-1.
That would be all the runs that APSU starter Morgan Rackel (15-5) would need, as the left-hander held off a scoring threat by the Gamecocks in the bottom of the inning for the 3-1 final.
Rackel would finish the game giving up just five hits, one walk and struck out seven, while only allowing two runs to reach second base after giving up a run in the bottom of the second inning. She was also aided by several hustle plays on defense, including two diving catches in foul territory by Mattson and Gross
Jacksonville State 3, Austin Peay 0
Austin Peay had scoring chances in Game 2, but unlike Friday’s opener couldn’t come up with the big hit with runners in scoring position or hitting into a pair of double plays to end scoring threats.
Kelly Mardones (3-9) was the tough-luck loser for the Govs, as she limited the Gamecock to just four hits and three runs – only one earned – in her complete-game effort, while walking two and striking out eight.
Inside the Boxscore
The win by Morgan Rackel ties Morgan Brewer (2010-13) for fourth-place all-time in program history with 37-career victories.
The eight strikeouts recorded by Kelly Mardones in Game 2 versus JSU was a career single-game high.
In picking up hits in both games, Carly Mattson has a season-long nine-game hit streak.
The seventh-inning rally by APSU in Game 1 marked the first time this season the Govs posted a come-from-behind win after trailing their opponent after six innings.
Drew Dudley leads the team with four game-winning hits this season.
The win in game 1 versus JSU gives this group four-year seniors 86 career wins, tying for the third-most wins by a senior class in program history.
APSU Head Coach Kassie Stanfill Statements
On late-inning rally
On pitching in both games
On returning home for a huge showdown with Murray State
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