CLARKSVILLE – Third baseman Greg Bachman had six RBI in the first four innings and Austin Peay State University’s baseball team posted a 9-6 victory against Illinois State in opening day action, Friday, at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Bachman was responsible for six of Austin Peay’s (1-0) first seven runs in the contest. He opened the scoring with a three-run first-inning home run off the scoreboard in left. One inning later, he added a two-run single up the middle, giving the Govs a 6-1 lead. However it was his run-scoring double in the fourth that provided the eventual game-winning run and was his final hit of a 3-for-5 opening-day effort.
Outfielder Cody Hudson added some insurance in the fifth with his line drive home run just over the wall in right center that gave the Govs a 9-5 lead.
On the mound, Austin Peay starter Casey Delgado got off to auspicious start, retiring Illinois State in order in the first. He found trouble in the second with back-to-back one out walks but allowed only one run on outfielder Brock Stewart’s sacrifice fly.
Illinois State (0-1) put Delgado to the test in the third, again nursing back-to-back one out walks from the right-hander. Unlike the second inning, the walks led into the heart of the Redbirds order which did not allow Delgado to escape without paying a price. Catcher Matt Mirabal hit a run-scoring double, third baseman Zac Johnson guided a two-run single through the right side and designated hitter Matt Hollenbeck laced a run-scoring double to left center in a four-run outburst that trimmed the Govs lead to 6-5.
Delgado stemmed the Redbirds rush with consecutive flyouts to end the third then retired the side in order in the fourth. He ran his streak of consecutive outs to six before surrendering a one-out single to Mirabal in the fifth. Delgado retired the final two batters he faced to end the fifth.
Austin Peay’s bullpen took over from there and kept things interesting. Brock Boyher was the first man out of the pen and worked around a leadoff single in the sixth. He found more trouble in the seventh, ultimately loading the bases with two outs before departing.
Mike Hebert entered the game and hit the first batter he faced before ending the frame with a flyout. Hebert again found himself in trouble in the eight, putting the first two batters on base. He struck out second baseman Kevin Tokarski, the Redbirds leadoff hitter. But pinch hitter Eric Aguilera put a scare into the home crowd with his hard-driven fly ball to centerfield. Govs centerfielder Michael Blanchard outran the ball to the wall, made the catch and then began a relay to complete an inning-ending double play.
Not even Austin Peay closer Tyler Rogers would escape without some drama as two batters reached base with two outs before he induced a chopper back to the mound where he ended the game with a throw to first.
Delgado (1-0) picked up the win after allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and four walks over five innings. Rogers picked up his season’s first save.
Shortstop Reed Harper opened the season with a 4-for-5 outing, including a run-scoring single in the second, to extend his hit streak to six games. Bachman extended his hit streak to five games with his three-hit outing. Four other Govs recorded a hit, including Hudson who was 1-for-2 with his home run.
Illinois State starter Chris Razo (0-1) was tagged for the loss after allowing nine runs on 10 hits and four walks over four-plus innings. Mirabal led the Redbirds eight-hit offensive effort with a 3-for-5 showing.
Due to inclement weather forecast in the Clarksville area, the start of tomorrow’s scheduled doubleheader has been changed. Austin Peay and Illinois State will begin the doubleheader at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Raymond C. Hand Park.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team won four singles matches Friday to pick up a 4-3 win at Southern Illinois.
The clincher came from freshman Aleksas Tverijonas at No. 5 singles. Tverijonas battled through a first-set tiebreaker and never lost his momentum, winning the deciding set 6-2. Another freshman came up big as well, with Dimitar Ristovski winning in three sets at No. 3 singles.
“Our freshmen are really starting to buy in to what we’re doing,” head coach Malik Tabet said. “Aleksas and Dimitar really fought the match. They play smart and stuck to their game plans. That’s a sign that this team is maturing and adjusting. We need more of this.”
In typical fashion, the Govs won the top two singles matches as Jasmin Ademovic and Sean Bailey each remained unbeaten at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bailey and Ristovski also picked up a win a No. 1 doubles. The Govs had a chance to win their season’s first doubles point, but John Storie and Tverijonas couldn’t lock up a match point at No. 3.
The Govs return to action with a 10 a.m., Sunday match at ITA-ranked No. 75 Georgia State. The Bulldogs defeated the Govs, 5-2, last season in Clarksville. The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season, with their only loss coming to South Carolina.
“Georgia State is always a good team,” Tabet said. “We’re not expecting this road trip to get any easier. With Dimitar playing well to compliment with Jasmin and Sean have done, I feel like we’re getting closer. We still have a lot of work to do.”
I can understand why people would think an 82-9 shellacking is a boring game.
You’d think there’s really no action in a game like that and nothing positive could be gained one way or another.
Well, you’d be wrong.
The 82-9 is the final score of Clarksville High’s Girls District 10-AAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Springfield Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats, the top seed in the tournament and the state’s third-ranked team, raced out to a 29-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and completely dominated the entire game. And that wasn’t just with CHS’ famed starting five of Tennessee signee Bashaara Graves, Florida signee Chandler Cooper, Mississippi State signee Jessy Ward, Austin Peay signee Tiasha Gray or Tennessee Tech signee Tia Nicholson, who didn’t even play, no the Lady Wildcats’ reserve players were just as intent on putting the peddle to the metal in the 73-point victory.
The entire team was relentless and would not let up.
Clarksville High's Fab Five!
And what really caught my attention was the look of disdain and absolute disgust on each of the Lady Wildcats when Springfield just attempted a shot, much less when their first one went in with 5:35 left in the second quarter that cut CHS’ lead to 29-3.
These girls were on a mission to destroy and it was wonderful to watch a team that get’s it. A team that understands that you must bury your opponent and especially when your goal is to win a state championship. And believe it or not, the other team respects it, too, because no one wants to be placated
I don’t know how many times I’ve watched a talented team fail to achieve their primary goal because they weren’t focused and have just been flabbergasted by the lack of focus. You’ve seen it happen, too, and been astonished.
But that’s not the case and hasn’t been the case for this Clarksville High Lady Wildcats team.
It’s refreshing to see a team that realizes that everyone they face would love to be the one’s that say, ‘We’re the ones that beat Clarksville High and those five Division I signees!’
They don’t want that to happen and they are determined not to let it.
And it’s a pleasure to watch.
LADY GOVS FACE MOREHEAD STATE IN PIVOTAL OVC SHOWDOWN
Austin Peay will look to build on its recent success when it hosts Morehead State in a 5:15 p.m., Saturday contest at the Dunn Center. Both teams enter the contest following Monday victories. The Lady Govs ended an eight-game losing streak with an impressive 85-72 victory at Murray State. Morehead State posted only its second win in its last eight outings with a 79-60 victory against Jacksonville State. The Eagles visit Clarksville seeking a sweep of the regular-season series after posting a 74-67 victory, Dec. 31, in Morehead.
Shelby Olszewski, goes for the shot despite the foul. The APSU Lady Govs lost a heartbreaker to Tennessee Tech 68-65. Lady Govs have now lost 8 in a row now.
LADY GOVS GO PINK, SATURDAY
Austin Peay will once again partner with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to heighten breast cancer awareness and raise money for research towards finding a cure for the disease. The Lady Govs will host their “Play 4Kay” event, formerly the WBCA Pink Zone, Saturday, against Morehead State. The event honors North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow. Coach Yow’s third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006 was the catalyst to the WBCA Pink Zone. Before her passing on January 24, 2009, Coach Yow, along with her players, the WBCA and The V Foundation, achieved the feat of uniting thousands in the fight against women’s cancers and since then the movement continues to grow and change lives each and every year during the month of February.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 | Tipoff: 5:15 p.m. (CT)
Location: Clarksville, Tenn. | Arena: Winfield Dunn Center (7,257) | Live Stats: www.LetsGoPeay.com
Radio: WVRY 105.1 FM (David Loos, play-by-play and Van Stokes, analyst) | Live Audio: www.LetsGoPeay.com
Television: GovTV (Kyle Harrison, play-by-play and Dalila Thomas, analyst) | ipTV: www.OVCSports.tv
Head Coaches: Austin Peay – Carrie Daniels (Austin Peay, 1996) is 69-115 (.372) in her sixth season as a head coach at Austin Peay. Morehead State – Tom Hodges (Tennessee Tech, 2004) is 30-26 (.536) in his second season at the school and as a head coach.
Series: MOR leads, 37-34 (APSU 21-12 in Clarksville) | Streak: MOR, two wins | Daniels vs. MOR: 7-6
Austin Peay is 48-59 (.449) in regular-season OVC play under Daniels.
The Lady Govs are 17-25 (.405) in February under Daniels.
LADY GOVS TRENDS AND NOTABLES
Austin Peay posted offensive season bests in scoring (85), field goals made (35), field-goal percentage (53.8), three-point field goal percentage (64.3) and assists (20) at Murray State… the three-point shooting effort was the program’s fifth-best by percentage and best since the 2008-09 campaign… it was the second consecutive game APSU had set its season-high in field-goal shooting, just seven days after a 53.5 percent effort against Tennessee Tech… Austin Peay recorded double-digit assists for the seventh consecutive game and is averaging 13.9 assists per game during that span… the Lady Govs did set one season low in the contest, attempting just eight free throws… Austin Peay won for the first time when four players scored 10 or more points, they were 0-5 in that situation this season… the Lady Govs notched 12 steals against Murray State – its 16th double-digit steal outing this season… Whitney Hanley led all scorers with 22 points, her 14th 20-point outing this season… Kaitlyn Hill was held without a point or a rebound in the first half but went 8-of-12 from the floor in the second frame and finished with a career-high 19 points and four rebounds… Leslie Martinez led Austin Peay with six assists, the second consecutive game she has been the team’s assists leader, she also had a career-high 15 points… Shelby Olszewski made three three-pointers and finished with 11 points and five assists.
ABOUT MOREHEAD STATE
Morehead State has won two of its last three outings, including a Feb. 6 victory at third-place SIU Edwardsville, to help stem a stretch where it had lost six straight from Jan. 19-Feb. 4 and dropped from second place to its current seventh position. The Eagles largely have been a two-headed monster over their last eight games – Linda Dixon (18.4 ppg) and Courtney Lumpkin (21.8 ppg) accounting for nearly 60 percent of the team’s 68.7 points per game in its last seven outings. However, in their win against Jacksonville State, Monday, the Eagles saw four players score 10 or more points.
NEXT GAME: LADY GOVS CLOSE ROAD SLATE AT UT MARTIN
Austin Peay begins the regular season’s final week when it travels to league co-leader UT Martin for a 5:30 p.m., Thursday contest. The Skyhawks currently own an eight-game win streak, including an overtime victory against Eastern Illinois that helped them regain a share of the league lead. UTM is averaging 90.4 points per game during the win streak, including back-to-back 90-point outings.
The race for the eighth and final spot in the upcoming OVC Women’s Basketball Championship will come down to the regular season’s final week. Austin Peay moved back into a tie for ninth (SIUE, the third-place squad, is not eligible for the postseason) with Southeast Missouri courtesy Monday’s win at Murray State. The Lady Govs and Redhawks will square off in the regular-season’s final game. If they finish with identical records and split the regular-season series, Austin Peay currently would win the tiebreaker with wins against Murray State (twice) and Eastern Kentucky while SEMO’s wins are against Austin Peay, Tennessee State and Jacksonville State).
AN AUSTIN PEAY WIN WOULD
Be its second consecutive win… be its third back-to-back wins this season… end its five-game home losing streak… be its third win at the Dunn Center (3-10)… improve Daniels’ record to 70-115 overall, including a 49-59 record in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 422-586 overall since 1976-77.
AN AUSTIN PEAY LOSS WOULD
Give Morehead State a sweep of the regular-season series… be its sixth consecutive loss at the Dunn Center, its longest home losing streak since the 1992-93 season… drop Daniels’ record to 69-116 overall, including a 48-60 record in OVC play… make the Lady Govs 421-587 overall since 1976-77.
CLARKSVILLE – The Austin Peay Govs men’s tennis team returns to action with a 3 p.m. match today at Southern Illinois.
Austin Peay enters the match at 2-2 in the spring season, having earned wins against Belmont and Western Kentucky. The Govs opened the season with a loss at Louisville and most recently fell to UAB, 4-3, Sunday.
While the Govs progress can be seen within the individual matches, head coach Malik Tabet is certain that his young team has a long way to go. Over the past week, he says it’s the bottom of the lineup that has shown the most improvement.
“John (Storie) has really been playing well,” Tabet said. “Our bottom three, as a group, has come a long way and we need that kind of depth in order to be successful.”
Along with Storie, the two freshmen — Iago Seffrin and Michal Hriciste – have filled out the bottom of the lineup. Over the season’s first four matches, the Govs have posted an even 6-6 record.
Those numbers are countered by a 7-5 start for the top three singles positions. Sophomore Jasmin Ademovic and junior Sean Bailey are both 3-0 at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The wild card has been No. 3 Dimitar Ristovski with a 1-2 record.
“Dimitar is another that is showing a lot of improvement,” Tabet said. “We’re still trying to teach these kids how to play the game the right way. We want them to play smart tennis and to play the right way. We want to win matches, of course, but the result is not the most important thing right now.”
Southern Illinois (1-1) opened their season with a double-header split, falling to No. 67 Purdue but winning, 5-2, against Butler. The Salukis played without the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Jorge Cavero, moving junior Badr Cherradi — a transfer from Shorter University — to No. 1 singles.
Lady Wildcats advance to 10-AAA semifinals
The biggest question in the Girls District 10-AAA Tournament quarterfinal game at William Workman gym was when was when would eighth-seeded Springfield finally score against the state’s third-ranked team and top-seeded Clarksville High Lady Wildcats.
Chandler Cooper forces the turnover in the second night of the 10AAA District Tournament. Clarksville pretty much shut out the Springfield Yellow Jackets 82-9.
And that’s no slight to the Lady Yellow Jackets, but Clarksville High’s sole focus is to win the Class AAA State Championship and sometimes you have to take no prisoners and the Lady Wildcats didn’t en route to winning 82-9 Thursday night.
Clarksville High (30-0), who were playing without an injured Tia Nicholson, sprinted out to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
“We set a goal at the beginning of the game to hold them to a set amount of points each quarter and we actually almost achieved that goal,” said Tennessee signee and McDonald’s All-American Game participant Bashaara Graves, who led all with 21 points. “Our goal was for them to not even have eight by the ed of the half and we did that.”
Top-seeded Clarksville High moves onto the semifinals where it will face fourth-seeded Dickson County at 4 p.m. in the semifinals at Northeast High. Nicholson is expected to play.
The other semifinal game will pit second-seeded Rossview against No. 6 Kenwood, a 50-46 winner over Henry County in Paris Thursday night.
Rossview beat No. 7 Northwest 65-27 in its quarterfinal game.
Chandler Cooper added 18 points in Clarksville High’s win and actually got the score-fest going with the first two lay ups of the night in the game’s first 29 seconds– one off the opening tip rolling it in with 7:55 left, the other on a steal on the next possession.
She then made it 11-0 with 6:34 left in the first quarter with a jumper from the left side.
A smothered Graves scored from the blocks with 4:32 to go in the period and upped CHS’ lead to 20-0.
Then with 1.5 seconds to play in the frame, Jessy Ward, who added 16 points, scooted in for a lay up and gave the Lady Wildcats their 29-0 advantage at the end of quarter.
“All year long we’ve emphasized defense, we feel like defense is something we can hangout hats on,” CHS head coach Brian Rush said. ” We feel defnese is all about heart and our girls have plenty of that. My hats off to Springfield. They’ve overcome a lot of adversity this year. They lost two of their nest players and they were still able to win the play-in game.”
Each time Springfield tried to score or came close to it, a look of competitive-anger flashed over whatever five was on the floor for Clarksville High and the most that expression was displayed was when the Yellow Jackets finally broke through with 5:53 left in the second on Jamesia Robinson-Yates’s 3-pointer from the right side.
“It feels like a failure when we let them score, even though we know that’s going to happen,” Austin Peay signee Tiasha Gray said. “But we want to keep them from scoring.”
Clarksville High responded and scored the next five points and then Springfield’s Skyla Daury scored to cut it to 34-5.
The Lady Wildcats answered with a 10-0 and took a 44-5 lead in at halftime. They led 73-6 at the end of the third.
Clarksville High 82, Springfield 9
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Clarksville High-Springfield Photo Gallery
Chances are you’ve seen the movie ‘Groundhog Day’
You know the one. Bill Murray finds himself in and endless loop, trying to make it to the next day, only to find he’s had to start all over again.
Kentucky Coach John Calipari has his own ‘Groundhog Day’ to contend with. Concerning victories. Specifically, 500 of them.
It all started last season when Coach Cal won his 500th victory in the NCAA. Wildcat Nation was excited! Bells rang! Trumpets echoed! Confetti confetti’ed! A ‘big blue party’ was thrown. We gave him a basketball!!!
After all, there was no question this was his 500th victory. 500 times his teams had taken the court, 500 times his team had won.
Or… maybe not.
This is wherein the NCAA groundhog comes in. You see, this is Kentucky. The haters will say that the Wildcats do this and do that. Kentucky cheats. Kentucky lies. They pay players.
Wildcat Nation will simply say, “Are you kidding me? We’re the most scrutinized program in the country! We don’t do that!!!”
And they would tell the truth. Kentucky IS the most scrutinized program in the country. Bar none. You know how we know? Because once upon a time, boys and girls, Kentucky DID do ‘this and that’, and cheat, and lie, and pay players.
And Kentucky got caught. And paid a price. A big one. But they hired an Italian named
Benedict Arnold Rick Pitino, who rewrote the way the game was played, brought back the pride and the wins, and before he left laid the groundwork for three straight NCAA championship games, with two new banners and a runner up trophy.
But I digress.
If you are a fan of Kentucky, Vandy, Austin Peay, Tennessee or <insert division one school name here>, you will agree on one thing. The NCAA is one screwy, anal, organization. Major league stuff happens all the time and they barely notice. But if a kid (or a coach) takes a pen from the registrars office, there’ll be hell to pay!
In the real world, you could rewrite the necessary NCAA rules over lunch, have some dessert and be done with it. We could adopt that mantra, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’.
Oh, but the NCAA sweats. And the smaller the stuff, the bigger the sweat. Imagine Bruce Pearl in a dress shirt coaching outside on a summer day. In Belize. Yeah. That kind of sweat.
Which brings us back to that ball. You know, the one BBN gave Calipari?
You see, Coach Calipari had a few wins “vacated” as they call it at the NCAA. It’s sort of like a marriage annulment. You went through the ceremony, had the honeymoon, a merry time was had by all, and suddenly it never happened. <wink, wink>
And that’s the case of John Calipari’s missing 42 wins. They took place. No one argues that. You just can’t celebrate them. You can’t give out a ball.
If Kentucky had kept quiet, that would have been it. But we’re talking Kentucky. Kentucky can’t keep quiet. Kentucky celebrates. Kentucky throws parties. Kentucky had to give out a ball. That darn ball got Kentucky in trouble.
The NCAA doesn’t mind if you claim your vacated victories in articles, media guides, resumes. You pretend away. But don’t you give away a ball.
The NCAA says it doesn’t have the personnel to track down all the coaches who claim victories that have been vacated. (The NCAA is a multi-billion, yes with a ‘B’ dollar organization and can’t do it’s job? More about this later.) But because Kentucky had “given away a ball”, and made a fuss, it had been brought to their attention.
And ‘Groundhog Day’ began. And John Calipari started over. (Cue “I Got You Babe”)
So, John Calipari only had 458 victories when he was ‘given the ball’, not 500.
Which brings us to today. UK is 34 games past victory
500 458. Eight away from the elusive 500.
And there is irony. You see, when Coach Cal “got the ball, it was a minor thing. No one really paid much attention. But the NCAA made it a major deal. So it became national news. Coach Calipari and the Cats got more attention. And if anyone can turn something negative into self AND program promotion, its John Calipari.
So this time, instead of winning his 500th game in a relatively obscure manner, people will notice. On the first ‘groundhog day’, nobody cared. Well, no one other than the busybodies at the NCAA. This time, the college basketball world will know.
If Kentucky wins out, which they easily could, his 500th victory will come in non other than the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, on selection Sunday, on ABC. You think that little tidbit won’t be news?
And if they don’t win out, (and don’t collapse in the final part of the season), then he’ll probably get it during the early rounds of this year’s NCAA tournament. More publicity.
So deep down, I guess Kentucky has to say, “Thank you NCAA!”
Because dear NCAA, although we know you didn’t do it on purpose, once again you took that little molehill, moved it to Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, and gave John Calipari the opportunity to convert it into a mountain. You know what? This time Kentucky is going to celebrate even louder!
They’re just not giving Cal a ball.
(Note: 38 coaches in the history of the NCAA have had wins vacated during their career. At least three of them are still active in coaching and claim wins that have been vacated in their media guides and official stat sheets. They include Steve Fisher, former national champion coach, who “received a ball” at San Diego State on his 500th win. So far, none of the three have been approached by the NCAA. By the way, these figures were not gathered by the billion dollar budget NCAA, which claims it doesn’t have the personnel. These figures were garnered by fans who spent a couple of hours on the internet. Perhaps the NCAA should invest some of its billions in Google.)
CLARKSVILLE – With the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament coming up, Feb. 29 – March 3, at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, the APSU Alumni office has special perks lined up for Govs and Lady Govs fans.
It all starts prior to the first game of the men and women’s tournament as the APSU Alumni Relations Office will host a Pre-Game Pep Rally at Municipal Auditorium in Room M-27. The pep rally, which is free and open to all Austin Peay fans, will offer complimentary refreshments.
Also while in Nashville, the Governors faithful can parlay a game ticket into discounts around the Music City. At Piranhas (113 2nd. North), present your game ticket for half-price appetizers. Bootleggers (207 Broadway) also will offer drink specials to Govs fans with a game ticket.
The OVC, meanwhile, will host a series of events tabbed as the “Music City Mingle,” at the Doubletree Hotel (315 4th Ave. North), between the afternoon and evening sessions on Wednesday (Feb. 29), Thursday (March 1) and Friday (March 2). This is event is open to all OVC fans, featuring live music and drink specials.
To find out more about purchasing tickets for the 2012 OVC Men and Women’s Basketball Championships, call the APSU Ticket office at 931.221.7761.