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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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APSU Baseball’s Parker Phillips, Greg Leban picked in 2019 MLB Draft

 

APSU BaseballNew York City, NY – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team’s Parker Phillips and pitcher Greg Leban saw their names on the draft board during Day 3 of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, which concluded Wednesday, May 5th.

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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 beats Eastern Illinois 6-3 Sunday to sweep series

 

APSU BaseballCharleston, IL –  Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball catcher David Martinez’ three-run home run in the third inning gave the Governors a lead it would not relinquish on the way to a 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Eastern Illinois, Sunday, May 12th at Coaches Stadium.

Austin Peay Baseball hosts Jacksonville State in a Winner-take-all series, Thursday-Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball hosts Jacksonville State in a Winner-take-all series, Thursday-Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball beats Eastern Kentucky, 13-9

 

APSU BaseballCharleston, IL – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball Center fielder Garrett Spain homered and had three RBI as the Governors got a win in a wild Ohio Valley Conference series opener, 13-9, against Eastern Illinois, Friday, May 10th at Coaches Stadium.

Austin Peay Baseball freshman Garrett Spain had 2 hits on 4 at bats against Eastern Illinois including a solo home run. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball freshman Garrett Spain had 2 hits on 4 at bats against Eastern Illinois including a solo home run. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball beats SIU Edwardsville 13-11, now tied for First in OVC

 

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team came through with a three run seventh inning to give enough breathing room to post a 13-11 Ohio Valley Conference victory against SIU Edwardsville on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park. With the win, Austin Peay completed a sweep of the three-game league series.

Austin Peay Baseball moves into a tie with Belmont at the top of the OVC with Sunday's home win over SIU Edwardsville. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball moves into a tie with Belmont at the top of the OVC with Sunday’s home win over SIU Edwardsville. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU gets 6-1 home win against SIU Edwardsville

 

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Shortstop Garrett Kueber hit a home run as part of a three-hit, three-RBI day and led the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team to a 6-1 Ohio Valley Conference series-opening victory against SIU Edwardsville, Friday night, on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball defeats SIU Edwardsville 6-1 Friday night at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball defeats SIU Edwardsville 6-1 Friday night at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball splits doubleheader at UT Martin

 

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APSU BaseballMartin, TN – A timely seventh-inning rally in the day’s second game helped the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team salvage a split of its Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader against UT Martin.

The Govs rallied to win the night cap, 5-4, after dropping the series opener, 6-3, at Skyhawk Field.

Austin Peay Baseball falls 6-3 to UT Martin Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Govs secured a 5-4 win in Game 2. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball falls 6-3 to UT Martin Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Govs secured a 5-4 win in Game 2. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball falls at home to Morehead state, 4-3

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Center fielder Garrett Spain’s three-run home run gave the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team an early lead, but Morehead State scored three runs late to claim a 4-3 Ohio Valley Conference victory, Saturday, on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball unable to hold off Morehead State Saturday night in 4-3 loss at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball unable to hold off Morehead State Saturday night in 4-3 loss at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

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