Austin Peay vs. Middle Tennessee

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | 4:00pm
Clarksville, TN | Cheryl Holt Field

APSU Softball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will host Middle Tennessee, 4:00pm, Wednesday at Cheryl Holt Field for a non-conference single game.

The Govs enter the matchup versus the Blue Raiders with a 24-11 overall record, after sweeping an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader with UT Martin on Sunday, while Middle Tennessee has a 25-15 record this spring – with a single game at Belmont on Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday’s matchup in Clarksville.

Austin Peay Softball faces Middle Tennessee at Cheryl Holt Field on Wednesday, April 11th. First pitch is at 4:00pm. (APSU Sports Information)

The Austin Peay-Middle Tennessee series is the eighth-most played in Govs history, with Wednesday’s game being the 53rd all-time meeting between APSU and its former OVC foe dating back to their first meeting on March 11th, 1993.

Overall, the Govs trail the Blue Raiders in the series 35-17, including dropping their first meeting this spring versus MTSU, 3-2, back on April 2nd in Murfreesboro, TN.

2018 APSU Softball – Danielle Liermann

Leading the Govs offense attack is junior third baseman Danielle Liermann, who enters the tilt hitting at a .410 clip this spring, including a team- and OVC-high 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.

The home run and RBI totals for Liermann are Austin Peay single-season records.

But Liermann hasn’t had to carry the load alone, with four other Governors hitting over .300 this season, with freshman Bailey Shorter batting .333 – including seven doubles and two home runs – leading that quartet of players.

She is followed by a trio of juniors, pitcher/outfielder Morgan Rackel (.316, 6 HR, 23 RBI), outfielder Natalie Schilling (.312, 34 R, 27 SB) and outfielder (.303, 5 HR, 21 RBI).

In the circle, the Govs have three pitchers that have posted winning records this spring, led by Rackel’s 12-5 mark, which includes a 1.83 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 111 innings of work. She has also recorded two saves.

Junior Kelly Mardones has posted an 8-3 mark this season, with a 1.98 ERA and 24 k’s in 74.1 innings, while sophomore Kelsey Gross rounds out the trio, coming in at 4-3, with two saves, a 3.79 ERA and 26 k’s in 40.2 innings pitched.

Follow the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website Let’ or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB for more information or updates.

About the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Offensively, prior to its game at Belmont on Tuesday, Middle Tennessee is batting .298 as a team this spring with four players batting .347-or-better – led by Summer Burgess’ .402 average, while Lexi Cushing tops the Blue Raiders in home runs (9) and RBIs (31).

In the circle, MTSU is led by lefthander Cori Jennings who has a 12-7 record in 22 appearances with a 2.33 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 105 innings of work.

Govs Hit-and-Run

The Govs are 13 games over the .500-mark for the first time since the end of the 1989 season, when they finished that campaign with a 32-19 overall record.

Pitcher Morgan Rackel has four games this season with at least 10 strikeouts. The Govs had only had two such games over the prior five seasons combined.

The Govs 24 wins this season ties for the fifth-most win in a single season in the program’s 33-year history.

Danielle Liermann is ranked in the Top-10 in the NCAA for home runs (15/6th), home runs per game (0.43/6th) and slugging percentage (.914/8th).

Morgan Rackel‘s 125 strikeouts this season is the most by an Austin Peay since the 2007 season.




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APSU Men’s Golf

Jonesboro, AR – Austin Peay State University men’s golf is on the precipice of a fourth consecutive top-three team finish but the Govs will face a battle during Tuesday’s final round of the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate, hosted by Arkansas State at RidgePointe Golf Club.

The Govs put together two solid rounds on Monday, shooting 579 (289-290).

Austin Peay Men’s Golf looks to finish in top three on final day at Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate. (APSU Sports Information)
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APSU Women’s Volleyball

Morehead, KY – Austin Peay State University beach volleyball team sweeps Morehead State in a double set of duals, Monday.

The Govs made the most of their early afternoon start with three of the five pairings sweeping their Eagle opponents in straight sets, as Kaylee Taff and Chloe Stitt only allowed Morehead to score a combined 24 points in their two sets on the court.

Austin Peay Beach Volleyball sweeps both sets at Morehead State, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Gas and Water Department sewer lateral line rehabilitation work will take place on Appleton Drive, Storybook Drive and Park Lane now through Friday, April 6th, 2018.

While the work is performed, customer sewer connections to the main line will be temporarily sealed off to help the work move forward.

Clarksville Gas and Water Department Administration and Engineering
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APSU Softball

Murfreesboro, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team dropped a one-run heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee State University, Monday afternoon at Blue Raiders Softball Field, as the Govs saw MTSU escape with a late-inning 3-2 win.

The Govs (20-10) had broken open a scoreless pitcher’s duel with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, starting with Carly Matson hitting the first pitch of the inning out over the right-center field fence for her fifth home run of the year, to make it 1-0.

Middle Tennessee scores three runs in the bottom of the six for 3-2 win over Austin Peay Softball, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)
National Weather Service

Nashville, TN – The National Weather Service reports a strong cold front will sweep across Clarksville-Montgomery County and Middle Tennessee Tuesday evening, April 3rd, 2018.

Severe storms are possible late Tuesday afternoon and evening. The best chance for severe weather will occur west of I-65. The primary threat is damaging straight-line winds.

Large hail and isolated tornadoes are also possible.

A cold front will move across Clarksville-Montgomery County Tuesday bringing with it a chance for severe storms and high winds.
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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball contest at Southern Illinois, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed due to forecast inclement weather. The Governors and Salukis now will play a 3:00pm, Wednesday contest at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois.

Austin Peay Baseball’s game at Southern Illinois Tuesday was pushed to Wednesday due to possible bad weather. (APSU Sports Information)

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police are trying to locate a man, Clarence Smith, 26, B/M with an Evading and Four Aggravated Assault Warrants on file.

On March 29th, 2018, around 11:30am, officers were flagged down on Tobacco Road by four females who said they had been shot at by Clarence Smith who fled from the area in a white Cadillac with a temporary tag; there were visible bullet holes in their car.

Clarksville Police is asking the public for help locating Clarence Smith.
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Boston, MA – 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year Matt Figger has been named a finalist for the 2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually by to the nation’s top mid-major coach.

Austin Peay State University Basketball head coach Matt Figger. (APSU Sports Information)
Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – On Monday, April 2nd, 2018, around 1:00pm, Clarksville Police Officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of Lincoln Drive.

When officers arrived they spoke to a man in the 22 building who told officers he heard a knock at the door and answered it. There was a female acquaintance at the door with an unknown male.

As he opened the door, the unknown male displayed a handgun and attempted to enter the residence.

Clarksville Police respond to a home invasion attempt on Lincoln Drive

Clarksville, TN – On Monday, April 2nd, 2017 around 7:28am, a Clarksville Police Department crossing guard was hit by a motor vehicle while directing traffic on Rossview Road in front of Rossview High School located at 1237 Rossview Road.

Based on the preliminary investigation, the crossing guard had the Stop sign displayed for westbound traffic and Ryan Smith, 20, driving a 2013 Chevrolet, failed to obey the signal, hit the crossing guard, and the crossing guard was sent airborne crashing onto the hood and windshield of the car.

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the Third Highest Gas Prices in Tennessee

Nashville, TN – Spring has sprung, and with that comes higher gas prices. Tennessee motorists are now finding the most expensive gas prices of the year.

Tennessee gas prices increased a little more than a nickel during the past week, then held steady through the weekend. On average, prices at the pump climbed 16 cents in the last three weeks.

Gas Prices at the Pump Stall after Rising 5 Cents.
First Thursday Art Walk

Clarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville
Instant Peay Play – APSU Sports

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team is off to an historic start to its Ohio Valley Conference schedule and with that fuels hopes that its 11-year postseason drought could be coming to an end.

After sweeping OVC rival Tennessee Tech this past Friday at Cheryl Holt Field, the Govs saw their record improved to 20-9 overall this spring, but more importantly 5-1 in OVC play – the program’s best start since the OVC started sponsoring softball as a conference championship sport in 1994 and besting the former starts of 4-2 set by the 1997 and 2007 teams.

2018 Austin Peay State University Softball Team. (APSU Sports Information)

Written by Marie Lewis
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NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Florida – Crew safety is paramount in the return of human spaceflight launches from Florida’s Space Coast, and the latest round of parachute testing is providing valuable data to help industry partners Boeing and SpaceX meet NASA’s requirements for certification.

On March 4th, SpaceX performed its 14th overall parachute test supporting Crew Dragon development. This exercise was the first of several planned parachute system qualification tests ahead of the spacecraft’s first crewed flight and resulted in the successful touchdown of Crew Dragon’s parachute system.

At left, Boeing conducted the first in a series of parachute reliability tests its Starliner flight drogue and main parachute system Feb. 22, 2018, over Yuma Arizona. (NASA) At right, SpaceX performed its fourteenth overall parachute test supporting Crew Dragon development March 4, 2018, over the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The test demonstrated an off-nominal, or abnormal, situation, deploying only one of the two drogue chutes and three of the four main parachutes. (SpaceX)

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