Racers Close Out Regular Season at Austin Peay

2017 MSU Softball Seniors
Patti Twaddle

Softball | 5/5/2017 12:28:00 PM

Dates & Time: May 6 – 12 p.m. (DH)
Opponents: Austin Peay
Sites (Venues): Clarksville, Tenn. (Cheryl Holt Field)
Audio: Mixlr.com/MSURacers
TV/Web Stream: None
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
MSU Record (Streak): 34-15, 10-6 OVC (Lost 1)
APSU Record (Streak): 16-30, 4-14 OVC (Lost 3)
All-Time Series vs. APSU (Streak): MSU leads 17-5 (Won 2)
MSU Next Game: 2017 OVC Tournament; Choccolocco Park (Oxford, Ala.)
MSU Next Home Games: 2018 Season

Saturday's Games
Having already clinched a spot in next week's OVC tournament, the Murray State softball team will enter Saturday's regular-season ending doubleheader at Austin Peay looking to better its seeding. The Racers can finish no lower than their current fifth seed, but can finish as high as third with the help of tiebreakers.

Last Time Out
Murray State's six game winning streak came to an end Wednesday, as Belmont picked up a 6-2 win Murray. The Bruins fell in an early 2-0 hole in the game, but then scored six unanswered runs to top the Racers, 6-2. Jocelynn Rodgers was 2-for-3 at the dish in the game, to go along with a RBI, while Taylor Odom had a double and a RBI and Jessica Twaddle had two walks.

The Austin Peay Series
Murray State leads the all-time series with Austin Peay by a hefty 17-5 margin. Despite the large gap, the Govs put an end to MSU's 12-game win streak in the series last year in Clarksville. The Racers also hold a 9-3 advantage over Peay in Murray and have not lost to the Govs at home since 2012, in including a 3-1 non-conference win at Racer Field earlier this season.

Scouting The Governors
The Govs are currently 16-30 overall and 4-14 in OVC play and have been eliminated from the postseason picture. As a team, Austin Peay is currently batting .227, while opponents hit .307 against them and score an average of 4.53 earned runs per game. Autumn Hanners leads the Govs pitching staff at 6-13 on the year with a 3.28 ERA, 56 strikeouts, 51 walks and a .289 opponent's batting average. Offensively, Danielle Liermann leads the way for APSU with a .317 batting average and a team-high 34 RBIS. Carly Mattson follows Hanners at .296 and leads the Govs in home runs with 10.

Weather Forecast
Highs on Saturday in Clarksville should get to the high 60s with winds at 10-12 mph. The afternoon should be most clear of rain with the exception of anticipated showers around 2 p.m.

On & Off
Three Racers were recently honored for their work both on and of the field by being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Cayla Levins, Mason Robinson and Jessica Twaddle all earned the honor by having at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and being key contributors to their team.

All Good Things
After not reaching base against Belmont, Brenna Finck's streak of 22 straight game in which she reached base came to an end. It will go down tied for the fifth longest in school history.

RPI Report
In the seventh RPI of 2017, the Racers came in ranked 72nd. The Racers began the year ranked 67th in the first RPI of the season, the highest-ranking ever by a Racer squad. The previous best was 87th in the first ranking of 2012.
Date                Ranking          Movement
Mar. 20           67                    ---
Mar. 27           78                    -11
Apr. 3              78                    ---
Apr. 10             77                    +1
Apr. 17             80                    -3
Apr. 23             74                    +6
May 1              72                    -2

Chasing The Crown
Senior Jessica Twaddle is on pace to become the MSU career leader in multiple categories this season. Below is a chart showing Twaddle's current rank and what she needs to attain each record.                                                                                                                                               
             Career Cur.     Record-            Needed
Cat.     #          Rank.   Holder         For Rec.

RBIs     135      1          ----                   ---
Hits      229      T-1       229-Miller       0
3B        7          4          8-3 Players      1
2B        49        2          51-Miller         2
Walks  84        3          90-Troup         6
HR       28        4          36-Becker        8
Runs    140      3          153-Becker      13

In The Mix
Select Murray State softball away games, including Saturday's doubleheader at Austin Peay, will once again be broadcast this season on the internet via Mixlr. Fans can listen, free of charge, on any computer at mixlr.com/msuracers or by downloading the Mixlr app, available on Apple and Android devices, and searching msuracers. The games will be broadcast by MSU softball media relations contact, Parker Griffith.

OK, What's Next?
Murray State will make its eighth consecutive appearance in the OVC Softball tournament. For the second straight season, the event will take place at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama May 10-13.
 
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