APSU Baseball travels to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team brings a four-game road trip to an end when it meets Middle Tennessee for a 6:00pm, Tuesday contest in Murfreesboro Tennessee.Tuesday’s contest is the second game of a home-and-home series between the two Tennessee-based squads.Austin Peay Baseball plays Tuesday game against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro. First pitch is at 6:00pm. (APSU Sports Information) The Blue Raiders handed the Governors a 9-0 loss in Clarksville, March 13th. 

Austin Peay returns to action after winning an Ohio Valley Conference series at Morehead State last weekend. The Governors became the first OVC team since 2013 to win a series at Morehead. Austin Peay will look to continue a recent hot streak that has seen it win five of seven while averaging 11.3 runs per game.

Middle Tennessee returns home after dropping a three-game Conference USA series at nationally-ranked Southern Miss last weekend. The Blue Raiders are 11-11-1 at home this season, including a 2-1-1 record during their last homestand.

First Hacks

Austin Peay is ranked No. 79 in the NCAA’s April 19th RPI rankings. The Govs have recorded six or more walks 18 times this season and they rank 11th nationally with 219 base on balls (5.48 per game). Austin Peay also is ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in both doubles per game (2.35, 6th) and scoring (7.6 runs per game, 12th) entering the week.

First baseman Parker Phillips has enjoyed the arrival of April, batting .486 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 10 games during the month; he has vaulted into the Division I ranking in homers (29th, 11) and RBI (25th, 45). Second baseman Garrett Giovannelli batted .600 (9-15) with four doubles during the Morehead State series and also made a big move in the Division I rankings in both total doubles (5th, 18) and batting average (54th, .377).

Shortstop Garrett Kueber is batting .418 (21-51) with 15 RBI in his last 14 games with an at-bat, opening with back-to-back four-hit outings on March 18th and 2th, but has missed the last five games due to injury. Infielder Bobby Head made all three starts at shortstop during the Morehead State series and now has started and reached base in each of the Govs last six games.

Third baseman Malcolm Tipler became the regular third baseman in the Govs OVC opener at Jacksonville State, March 9th, and is batting .290 (31-107) with a team-best 27 runs scored in the 27 games since. Center fielder Imani Willis has batted .360 (9-25) with 11 RBI in the Govs last seven games, including five extra base hits (two homers).

Left fielder Kyle Wilson owns a four-game hit streak entering the midweek, batting .389 (7-18) with four RBI, two doubles and a home run during the streak. Right fielder Nick Walker had a home run in each game of the Morehead State series, finishing the weekend batting .357 (5-14) with three homers and seven RBI.

Catchers David Martinez and Alex Sala have split starts behind the plate since March 6th, Martinez and Sala each making 13 starts while Phillips has three starts in that 29-game span; they have combined to hit .250 with five home runs (three by Sala, two by Martinez) and 20 RBI in starts at catcher.

The 2018 Govs offense is a collectively young group with only 15 years of Division I experience between the 20 available position players entering the season. Since the start of OVC play 16 different Govs hitters have started a game and only Tipler has started each of the 27 games since the March 9 OVC opener and only Tipler and Willis have played all 27.

Toeing The Rubber

Lefty Josh Rye is scheduled to make his fourth start this season. While he has not posted a win in his first three starts, he has held opponents to a .278 batting average over his 8.2 innings of work as a starter. Govs pitchers have 307 strikeouts in 349 innings (7.92 K/9) this season after amassing a record-tying 466 strikeouts (8.07 K/9) last season.

On Deck

Austin Peay returns home to host a four-game homestand, its longest since mid-March, which begins with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against UT Martin, Friday-Sunday. The Govs have won five of their six OVC series this season, including four straight series victories.

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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 CollegeInsider.com 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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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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