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APSU Softball hosts Jacksonville State

APSU SoftballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team, winners of their last eight games, will host Jacksonville State, winners of seven straight, this weekend at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field, in a battle of the two hottest teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Austin Peay State University Softball plays Jacksonville State at home in meeting of the OVC’s two hottest teams. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay State University Softball plays Jacksonville State at home in meeting of the OVC’s two hottest teams. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

The three-game OVC series will begin with a, 1:00pm, doubleheader on Sunday and conclude Monday, with a single game, also scheduled for a 1:00pm first pitch.

The Governors (18-8, 13-6 OVC) enter the weekend currently sitting in third place in the league’s standings, one game behind second-place Eastern Kentucky and two games back of league leader Southeast Missouri, while the Gamecocks (12-16, 10-7 OVC) have moved up to fifth place after its current win streak.

After 26 games this Spring, Austin Peay State University is led offensively by junior third baseman Lexi Osowski (.461, 4 HR, 19 RBI), who is also currently leading all OVC hitters in batting average, followed by senior shortstop Brooke Pfefferle (.423, 1 HR, 9 RBI).

Three other Govs are hitting over .300 this season, starting with the current OVC Player of the Week, senior outfielder Bailey Shorter (.378, 4 HR, 18 RBI), senior pitcher/first baseman Kelsey Gross (.350, 3 HR, 30 RBI) and senior second baseman Drew Dudley (.340, 2 HR, 7 RBI). 

The Gamecocks are led by a couple of home runs threats in Jada Terry (.360, 7 HR, 24 RBI) and Karsen Mosley (.346, 4 HR, 17 RBI), who has accounted for 57 of JSU’s 100 runs scored so far this season.

In the circle, the APSU Govs pitching staff is led by Gross, who is 7-1 this season, with two shutouts, two saves, a 2.18 ERA, and 38 strikeouts in 51.1 innings of work.

She is followed by junior Harley Mullins (6-5, 4.91 ERA, 40 K’s), who has recorded a shutout and two saves, and freshman Jordan Benefiel (5-2, 1.18 ERA, 41 K’s).

Jacksonville State’s pitching staff is led by Nicole Rodriguez (5-2, 2.02 ERA, 61 K’s) and Reagan Watkins (4-4, 2.99 ERA, 61 K’s).

APSU Hit and Run   

Austin Peay State University has won their last eight games, their longest win streak since the 2018 season. 

APSU is 8-0 at home this season and 10-0 in its last 10 games at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field, dating back to last season — the second-longest home win streak in program history (15 games 1988-89).

 


 

This will be the last regular season between the two schools as OVC members, with JSU leaving the conference after the school year.

Lexi Osowski enters the series with a 13-game hit streak, tying for the third-longest such streak by an APSU Gov since the 2000 season. 

Drew Dudley enters the series with a nine-game hit streak.

Kelsey Gross has only allowed two runs, one earned, in her last 16.2 innings pitched.

Austin Peay had two games of 10-or-more hits during their first 19 games, the APSU Govs have now recorded 10-or-more hits in six of their last seven contests.

Kelsey Gross and Kelsey Gray are the only two Govs to start every game this season.

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