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APSU Softball kicks of 2020 season at Chattanooga
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm In Sports | No Comments
Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 12:00pm CT
Chattanooga, TN | Jim Frost Stadium
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team opens its 2020 regular season and the 35th season in program history with a doubleheader versus Chattanooga, noon, Sunday at Jim Frost Stadium looking for back-to-back winning seasons under head coach Kassie Stanfill .
The Govs come into the season after posting a 33-22 overall record in Stanfill’s first season at the helm, including a 16-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
“We are very excited to get going,” Stanfill said. “We’ve been practicing for about three weeks, so actually getting to play the game is exactly what they are looking for. Chattanooga is a good squad, but we are going to be focusing on us and playing Austin Peay State University softball and coming out and give them everything we’ve got.
“We’ve got a good idea of what we look like and what we can bring to the table, but we will use the first couple of weeks to still try to figure out some odds and ends, but overall I think we’re good with no matter who we put out on the field and they will be ready to go out and compete.”
Osowski led the APSU Govs in batting average as a freshman in 2019, finishing with a .387 average that included 11 doubles and 17 RBI’s, earning OVC Second-Team honors, as well as being selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region Third Team.
Shorter, who struggled through an injury-plagued sophomore campaign after being selected the OVC’s Freshman of the Year in 2018, finished with a .207 batting average, five doubles, and 17 runs scored; but put together a great OVC Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Other starters returning from 2019 are senior second baseman Drew Dudley  (.260, 5 HR, 22 RBI), junior shortstop Brooke Pfefferle  (.165, 3 HR, 18 RBI), senior outfielder Emily Moore  (.245, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and redshirt sophomore utility player Emily Harkleroad  – who started as a freshman in 2018, but had to sit out last year due to a leg injury.
Other returning letter winners are seniors Victoria Eccleston  (infield), Brett Jackson  (catcher) and Kelsey Gray  (outfield/catcher) as well as juniors Katelyn Smith  (catcher) and Katie Keen  (outfield).
Joining this group this season are eight newcomers, including two junior college transfers to go with six true freshmen.
Junior infielder Ali King  (Cleveland, TN) transferred in after two seasons at Volunteer State Community College, while sophomore pitcher Harley Mullins  (Saltillo, MS) joined the team after one season at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Pitcher/first baseman Shelby Harpe  (Social Circle, GA) heads the group of freshmen, along with third baseman Maddie Boykin  (Dixon, CA), catcher Riley Suits  (Cleveland, TN) and outfielders Morgan McMahon  (Chapin, SC), Alex Grubbs  (Bowling Green, KY) and Kendyl Weinzapfel  (Evansville, IN).
The Mocs enter the season as the favorite to win the Southern Conference in their preseason poll after posting a 37-17 record a year ago, which included a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
They also boast both the SoCon Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year in outfielder Aly Walker and pitcher Celie Hudson, along with Preseason First-Team All-SoCon selections Allison Swinford (pitcher) and Emily Coltharp (infielder), as well as Second-Team selections Emma Sturdivant (infielder) and Hayleigh Weissenbach (outfielder).
This will be the first time since the 2011 season where Austin Peay State University softball has opened a season within the State of Tennessee borders, with the last being when they participated in the Belmont Classic that was held in in Columbia.
The doubleheader will be only the 10th and 11th games between the two in-state rivals since their first meeting back on February 28th, 1998.
Chattanooga is the first of six opponents on the Govs schedule in 2020 that played in the NCAA Tournament last year.
This weekend’s action versus Chattanooga will mark the first of two Southern Conference teams the Govs will play this year (Samford).
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 Kassie Stanfill: https://letsgopeay.com/coaches.aspx?rc=3784
 Lexi Osowski: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7877
 Bailey Shorter: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7879
 Drew Dudley: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7869
 Brooke Pfefferle: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7878
 Emily Moore: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7876
 Emily Harkleroad: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7873
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 Kelsey Gross: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7872
 Victoria Eccleston: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7870
 Brett Jackson: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7874
 Kelsey Gray: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7871
 Katelyn Smith: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7880
 Katie Keen: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7875
 Ali King: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7887
 Harley Mullins: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7886
 Shelby Harpe: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7885
 Maddie Boykin: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7888
 Riley Suits: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7883
 Morgan McMahon: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7884
 Alex Grubbs: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7882
 Kendyl Weinzapfel: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7881
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