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Record-setting three Austin Peay Govs named to NFCA Central Region Third Team

APSU SoftballLouisville, KY – On Thursday, May 16th, the Austin Peay State University softball team made history one again placing a program-best three players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region’s Third Team.

Austin Peay Softball's Danielle Liermann, Morgan Rackel, and Lexi Osowski named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region's Third Team. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Softball’s Danielle Liermann, Morgan Rackel, and Lexi Osowski named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region’s Third Team. (APSU Sports Information)

Seniors Danielle Liermann [2] (designated player/utility) and Morgan Rackel [3] (pitcher) along with freshman Lexi Osowski [4] (third base) were among the 39 student-athletes to earn the honor from the Central Region, which includes the states from The Carolinas to Texas, while overall, 392 student-athletes from across country were named to their respective NFCA All-Region Teams.

Liermann, a Simi Valley, Calif. native, finished the year batting .365, with a program single-season high in home runs (18) and RBIs (52), while earning First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors and being an OVC Player of the Week selection twice.

Rackel, a Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, posted a 21-9 record this season, with six shutouts, two saves, a 1.93 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 199.2 innings pitched — earning All-OVC First-Team honors, as well as being selected OVC Pitcher of the Week (twice) and OVC Player of the Week.

She was also named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District ® Team.

Osowski, a San Diego, Calif. native, led the Govs this spring with a .387 batting average — a program record for batting average by an Austin Peay freshman – and a .463 on-base percentage, while recording 11 doubles and three home runs in earning All-OVC Second-Team and All-OVC Newcomer Team honors.

The award honors softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2019 NFCA Division I All-American squads.

The 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 4:00pm CDT on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 via www.NFCA.org