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Clarksville, Tn – Kirby Cannon has turned within the program to hire the latest Austin Peay State University football assistant coaches.
Brandon Jordan, who played for Cannon at Missouri S&T and then served as graduate assistant a year ago, has been hired as defensive line coach while Leron Eaddy, who followed Cannon to Clarksville from Central Michigan to play his final football season, will be the program’s defensive back coach.
APSU adds two new coaches to football program (APSU Sports Information)
In 2013, Chris Johnson had a year that was very good by most measures. He hit .321 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI and wrestled the third-base job away from Juan Francisco, for the good of everyone involved. He was more than just a throw-in on the Justin Upton deal and was a viable replacement to the departed Chipper Jones, though by no means was he an upgrade.
His numbers told two stories, if you were listening: that he was good, but also lucky. He hit .396 on balls in play, second-best full season mark for anyone this decade behind Austin Jackson’s 2010 campaign – and Jackson has been inconsistent at best since then. He strikes out a lot (116 times in 142 games), can’t draw a walk to save his soul (less than 100 in 540 career games) and while his line-drive rate of 27 percent was a career-best, the 27.5 percent flyball rate was an almost unsustainable career low. It was going to be close to impossible to replicate that, simply because free-swinging contact hitters who don’t draw walks rarely become career .300 hitters at age 29. So I, for one, was unsurprised when he exited April with an average in the .230s and the experiment as clean-up hitter was finished.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) controls the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at AT&T Park. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Clarksville, Tn – Breigh Jones stated that her goal at the NCAA East Preliminary was to break 54 seconds, since she hadn’t done that yet in 2014.
Well, mission accomplished. And then some.
The Austin Peay State University track and field sophomore crushed her personal-best and the school record by nearly a second with a 52.82 second run on her way to a top-10 finish in the first round of the 400m dash at the NCAA East Preliminaries, hosted by North Florida.
Austin Peay’s Breigh Jones crushes school record in top-10 finish at NCAA East Preliminaries (APSU Sports Information)
Nashville, Tn – Left-hander Brad Mills struck out a career-high 13 batters over eight scoreless frames to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.
Mills (4-0), who retired his first 11 batters in order and 17 of his first 18 overall, lowered his ERA to 1.76 with the outstanding outing, his longest of the season. He scattered three hits and did not walk a batter in his 101-pitch start.
Clarksville, Tn – The Vanderbilt Commodores are set to host the NCAA Tournament Regional from Hawkins Field this weekend, still licking their wounds from their early exit from the SEC Tournament.
There was no mistaking the disappointment on the faces of the players and especially coach Tim Corbin after their 7-2 loss to Ole Miss. He was clearly upset at how his Commodores performed, and was not happy about the early exit.
But, as fate would have it, the NCAA recognized a top quality baseball program, and in spite of their SEC Tournament performance, selected Vanderbilt for the NCAA Tournament.
Brentwood, Tn – Four Ohio Valley Conference baseball players have been named Louisville Slugger All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Tennessee Tech 3B Daniel Miles and OF Brandon Thomasson were first-team selections while Southeast Missouri State 1B Matt Tellor and Tennessee Tech SS Dylan Bosheers were second-team picks.
Miles and Thomasson were two of just nine positional players nationally picked to the prestigious first-team, and the only pair of teammates to appear among those nine.
Clarksville, Tn – For the second year in a row, Austin Peay State University pole vaulter Molly Basch has earned Capital One Academic All-District III honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for women’s track and field/cross country.
Basch graduated earlier this May with a degree in psychology after earning a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during her collegiate career.
Basch’s academic exploits earned her a share of Austin Peay’s Female Scholar-Athlete Award, her second straight, and the Governors Club Academic Achievement Award at April’s Athletic Awards Banquet, along with the track and field Scholar-Athlete honor, her second in as many years. Basch also earned the Governors Club Academic Achievement Scholarship following her junior year.
APSU pole vaulter Molly Basch named Capital One All-American (APSU Sports Information)
Birmingham, Ala – The Southeastern Conference has awarded the 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament to Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jacksonville Sports Council, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.
“The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to travel to Jacksonville, a new site for our women’s basketball tournament,” Slive said. We look forward to showcasing our women’s basketball programs in the Sunshine State for the first time. Our student-athletes, coaches and current fans will greatly enjoy their visit and the exciting games will forge new fans of SEC women’s basketball in the process.”
SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament awarded to Jacksonville Florida for 2016 (SEC Sports Information)
Brentwood, Tn – On Wednesday the Ohio Valley Conference announced that Jacksonville State University is the recipient of the 2013-14 Team Sportsmanship Award for softball.
Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.
Jacksonville State Softball earns OVC Sportsmanship Award (OVC Sports Information)