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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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APSU Sports cap impressive 2018-19 campaign with best-ever finish in OVC Commissioner’s Cup

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsBrentwood, TN –  The Austin Peay State University (APSU)s athletics department posted its best-ever finish in the 2018-19 OVC Commissioner’s Cup behind two regular-season championships and another pair of Top 3 finishes in Ohio Valley Conference play

APSU delivered its second-straight 100-point tally in the OVC Commissioner’s Cup, with its 109 points this season an improvement over last season’s 101.5 points. That total pushed the Governors to fourth among the league’s 12 members. Murray State won the 2019 competition with 128 points, its first victory since the inaugural commissioner’s cup was awarded in 2008-09. Jacksonville State finished second (115) followed by Belmont (114) and Austin Peay.  

Austin Peay Athletics post best ever finish in OVC Commissioner's Cup. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Athletics post best ever finish in OVC Commissioner’s Cup. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball’s OVC Tournament run ends with 8-4 loss to Morehead State

 

APSU BaseballMarion, IL – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball’s third baseman Gino Avros hit his first collegiate home run but the Governors saw their season come to an end with a 8-4 loss to Morehead State, Saturday, in the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship at Rent One Park.

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Morehead State 8-4 Saturday at the OVC Tournament. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Morehead State 8-4 Saturday at the OVC Tournament. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball holds of Eastern Kentucky for 9-7 OVC Tournament win

 

APSU BaseballMarion, IL – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball outfielder Aaron Campbell continued to wreak havoc at the plate, finishing with three hits and five RBI to help  team outlast Eastern Kentucky, 9-7, Thursday afternoon at Rent One Park.

#2 Austin Peay Baseball will face #1 Jacksonville State in the OVC Tournament Winner's Bracket Friday morning. (Tre Lawless)

#2 Austin Peay Baseball will face #1 Jacksonville State in the OVC Tournament Winner’s Bracket Friday morning. (Tre Lawless)

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Aaron Campbell hits two homers to power APSU Baseball to 12-2 OVC Tournament win over UT Martin

 

APSU BaseballMarion, IL – Austin Peay State University Baseball left fielder Aaron Campbell hit two home runs and finished with six RBI as Governors opened its 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship run with a dominating 12-2 victory against UT Martin, Wednesday at Rent One Park.

Austin Peay Baseball opens OVC Tournament play with 12-2 win over UT Martin. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball opens OVC Tournament play with 12-2 win over UT Martin. (APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University student-athletes average 3.0 GPA for a record fourth straight semester

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) student-athletes posted a departmental grade-point average of 3.0 or better for a program-record fourth consecutive semester finishing the Spring 2019 semester with a 3.096 mark.

A department-record 70 percent of Austin Peay’s 289 varsity student-athletes earned academic honors for the spring semester. The last eight semesters dating back to Fall 2015 have yielded eight of the top-10 semester GPA’s since tracking data began in 1993. For just the fourth time, more than 100 Govs earned a spot on the Dean’s List, with 48 posting perfect 4.0 GPA’s for the semester.

Austin Peay student-athletes post department-wide 3.0 GPA for a record fourth straight semester. (APSU Sports Information)

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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.

2018-19 APSU Baseball - Garrett Spain

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APSU Baseball begins OVC Tournament play, Wednesday

 

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team returns to the OVC Championship for a fourth-consecutive season, beginning its run in the 2019 edition with a 4:00pm contest at Rent One Ballpark in Marion, Illinois.

Austin Peay Baseball to face either Eastern Illinois or UT Martin Wednesday after at the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball to face either Eastern Illinois or UT Martin Wednesday after at the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball falls at home to Jacksonville State, Title hopes dashed

 

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball shortstop Garrett Kueber drove in a run to give the Governors its first lead but it could not fend off a late Jacksonville State rally in a 14-5 Ohio Valley Conference loss, Friday night, on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball loses 14-5 to Jacksonville State Friday night at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Governors will be the #2 seed in the OVC Baseball Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball loses 14-5 to Jacksonville State Friday night at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Governors will be the #2 seed in the OVC Baseball Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball plays Jacksonville State at home for OVC Title

 

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball teams hosts Jacksonville State in a three game series between co-leaders of the Ohio Valley Conference May 16th-18th, Thursday-Saturday. This matchup will determine who will win the OVC Baseball regular-season title.

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