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Instant Peay Play: Eleven former APSU Govs continue to shine in pro baseball leagues as MLB All-Star week approaches

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – With one week to go before Major League Baseball takes a pause for its annual mid-season All-Start Game, 11 former Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players are still getting it done on pro baseball fields around America and in international leagues.

Currently, two former Govs pitchers Shawn Kelley (Texas Rangers) and Ryne Harper (Minnesota Twins) are on MLB rosters, with Kelley leading the team with 11 saves — as the team’s closer – while also having three wins in five decisions and a 2.79 ERA, while Harper has made the most of his first action in the majors in posting a 3-1 record with a save and a 2.97 ERA as a set-up man out of the bullpen.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

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Instant Peay Play: Big week of honors, realizations and futures for several APSU Govs

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – It may be summer and the first action for any Austin Peay State University (APSU) sports teams this fall may still be just over 60 days away, but that doesn’t mean anything didn’t happen this week in Governors sports, as several current and former Govs received honors and realized some dreams to continue their futures in their respective sports.

Things got kicked off on Wednesday, as Governor baseball players Parker Phillips and Greg Leban had their names selected in the 2019 Major league Baseball Draft.

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Instant Peay Play: Several APSU Players could hear named called during MLB Draft

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – The dream of having a chance to play in the major leagues could become reality this week for several Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players, with the 2019 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft running June 3rd through June 5th in Secaucus, NJ.

The APSU Govs have a long history in the draft — dating back to the Govs first draft selection in the 1972 draft, Tim Burns, who went in the second round — and this year’s 40-round draft should be no different.

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APSU Baseball’s Garrett Spain named OVC Freshman of the Year, leads league-best six on All-OVC teams

 

APSU BaseballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball center fielder Garrett Spain became the second Gov freshman to be named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year, the league announced Tuesday, May 21st.

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APSU Baseball’s Matthew Joslin hits walk off Grand Slam to give Govs 12-9 win over Southern Illinois

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball’s Matthew Joslin entered Tuesday’s contest quickly gaining notoriety as a clutch hitter. With one swing of his bat, he only added to his growing legend with his pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam giving the Governors a stunning 12-9 nonconference victory against Southern Illinois on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball was down 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth when Matthew Joslin sweeps the bases clean with a homer to give the Govs a 12-9 victory Tuesday night over Southern Illinois. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball was down 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth when Matthew Joslin sweeps the bases clean with a homer to give the Govs a 12-9 victory Tuesday night over Southern Illinois. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball downs Morehead State at home, 9-1

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Starting pitcher Jacques Pucheu went the distance, leading the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team to a 9-1 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State, Friday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball pitcher Jacques Pucheu pitches complete game in Govs 9-1 win over Morehead State Friday at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball pitcher Jacques Pucheu pitches complete game in Govs 9-1 win over Morehead State Friday at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball’s Jacques Pucheu Pitcher of the Year, Parker Phillips All-OVC in OVC preseason picks

 

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APSU BaseballBrentwood, TN –  For the second time in four years an Austin Peay State University baseball pitcher has grabbed the attention of the Ohio Valley Conference’s coaches and baseball sports information contacts as senior left-hander Jacques Pucheu was named the league’s preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Additionally, Pucheu and utility man Parker Phillips were each named to the Preseason All-OVC team after earning Second Team All-OVC honors in 2018. 

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Austin Peay State University Baseball’s Parker Phillips selected First Team Preseason All-America

 

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APSU BaseballTuscon, AZ – Following a sophomore campaign that saw him tie the Austin Peay State University (APSU) home run mark, junior outfielder Parker Phillips has been tapped as a First Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Monday.

Austin Peay Baseball junior Parker Phillips named First Team Preseason All-American. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball junior Parker Phillips named First Team Preseason All-American. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball Govs in the Pros: The Midway Check

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Eleven Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball alumni continue to play professional baseball at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break, the official midway point of the baseball season.

The formidable list includes a pair of Governors – the ageless A.J. Ellis and Shawn Kelley playing at the major league level.

Austin Peay State University alumnus Tyler Rogers with the Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University alumnus Tyler Rogers with the Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Michael Costanzo joins list of Govs picked in MLB Draft

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball program has had a history over the years of getting players selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and this year was no exception with APSU Governors starting pitcher Michael Costanzo being selected by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Costanzo, a native of Chicago, was selected in the 31st round by the Rays – the 930th overall pick in the draft– while also being a part of a record 16 overall players from the Ohio Valley Conference to be chosen in this year’s draft.

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