Clarksville, TN – Junior pitcher Jordan Benefiel pitched her first career no-hitter for the Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball team, Tuesday afternoon at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field, as the Governors’ shutout Providence, 8-0.
The no-hitter by Benefiel (5-4) is the ninth overall in program history and the first since Morgan Rackel turned the trick on February 17th, 2019, versus Jackson State.
Along with giving up no hits, she would finish the game with seven strikeouts, while giving up three walks.
Austin Peay (7-7) on the other hand has no problems with their offense, as they recorded runs in each inning while recording eight hits and five walks.
Walks in fact, played a big part in the APSU Govs first run of the day, as walks to Medan Hodum and Kylie Campbell, sandwiched around an infield single by Lexi Osowski-Anderson loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with no outs.
The Friars (7-9) would get the first out of the inning on a fielder’s choice, cutting Hodum down at the plate, but that was followed by a bases-load one out walk to Kendyl Weinzapfel to force in Osowski-Anderson with the game’s first run.
The APSU Govs would add three more runs to their total in the second inning, aided by two Providence errors.
After getting the first out of the inning, the Friars committed back-to-back errors putting Morgan Zuege on second base and Hodum on first.
A walk to Osowski-Anderson would load the bases, with Campbell following with a two-run single and Mea Clark a run-scoring double to make it 4-0.
Apiag would then score on a passed ball, with Harkleroad scoring two outs later on a single by Osowski-Anderson, pushing the score to 7-0.
Austin Peay State University’s final run came in the bottom of the fourth, with Clark leading off the inning with a triple and pinch runner Charly Pursley scoring on an infield out by Apiag for the 8-0 final score.
Inside the Boxscore
The win for Jordan Benefiel was the 27th of her career, tying her with Lauren de Castro (2011-14) for 10th-place all-time in program history.
Benefiel’s shutout was the 7th of her career, tying her with Stacey Hrabota (1994-96) for sixth-most in program history.
Austin Peay State University stole four bases versus the Friars, giving them 10 overall in their last two games.
The five walks received by the APSU Govs tied their season high.
Kylie Campbell extended her hit streak to six straight games, the longest by an APSU Govs this season.
Austin Peay State University is now 2-1 all-time versus Providence and 2-0 this season versus opponents from the Big East Conference (Villanova).
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APSU Govs Online
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Next Up For APSU Softball
The Austin Peay State University softball team hosts the Governors Classic this Friday through Sunday at Cathi Maynard Park-Cheryl Holt Field, with Belmont, Dayton, and Illinois-Chicago, joining the Govs in the three-day event.