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Martin, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball starting pitcher Josh Rye was given plenty of run support and went seven innings to lead the Governors to an impressive 19-4 victory in the opening game of its Ohio Valley Conference series against UT Martin, Friday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.

Austin Peay (19-20, 10-11 OVC) was at its most dangerous with two outs in the opener. The Governors scored their first nine runs – and 14 of their 19 – with two outs. The Governors finished the game batting 11-for-19 in two-out situations.

Austin Peay Baseball cranks out 18 hits on way to 19-4 win over UT Martin Skyhawks Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

No Governor batter was more dangerous with two outs on the board than left fielder Malcolm Tipler, who went 3-for-3. He delivered a two-run, two-out double in the second inning that capped a four-run second inning that gave the Govs the lead for good.

Tipler would find another two-out hit in the fourth inning single that helped keep the inning alive and led to a five-run outburst behind him as the Govs extended their lead to 9-3. Finally, his run-scoring double in the seventh inning capped another four-run frame as APSU widened its lead further, 13-3.

APSU Baseball – Josh Rye

Rye (6-1) benefitted from the Govs second offensive outburst in as many games, going a career-high tying seven innings while holding UT Martin to four runs on eight hits. He was helped mightily by an impressive effort by the APSU defense which turned a school record-tying four double plays.

That Govs defense kept UT Martin (18-22, 7-12 OVC) from stringing together any long rallies. The Skyhawks biggest threat came in the third frame when the first three batters reached base via a hit.

Rye would get an out with a ground ball that turned into a run-scoring fielder’s choice then induced another ground ball that the Govs turned into an inning-ending double play, limiting the damage to two runs.

The Skyhawks would get another opportunity in the seventh against Rye when the first two batters reached base safely.

Rye again got a ground ball the defense turned into a pair of outs. While the Skyhawks would get a run, the defensive effort foiled a larger opportunity.

Thirteen different Govs hitters ended the game with a base hit, including all nine starters. Tipler led the effort his 3-for-5, three RBI outing that included a pair of doubles. Right fielder Chase Hamilton and pinch hitter Alex Sala also had home runs in the win.

UTM starter Winston Cannon (4-3) began the day by striking out four of the first seven batters he faced, but could not consistently stymie the Govs offense en route to the loss. He was tagged for 10 runs on nine hits and six walks in his 6.1 innings.

Skyhawks center fielder Creighton Eldridge led the Skyhawks nine-hit outing with a 2-for-4, two RBI performance. His effort included a leadoff home run in the third and a RBI single in the seventh – the first and last Skyhawks runs, respectively.

Who Governed

Rye turned in a quality outing for his season’s third OVC victory, helped by a Govs defense that turned a school-record tying four double plays. The Govs starter tied his career-best with seven innings pitched and did not allow a walk – his longest outing this season without allowing a free pass. Rye limited the Skyhawks to four runs in seven innings and needed just 97 pitches in the outing.

Silver Linings

Tying Twin Killings
Austin Peay’s defense turned a double play in each of the first three innings and tacked on a fourth in the seventh to help keep the Skyhawks at bay. The four double plays tied a program record set in 2012 at Tennessee. It also gave the Govs 27 double plays turned this season – 18 of those in OVC play.

Two Out Tormentors
The Govs offense saw the leadoff hitter reach base safely just twice against the Skyhawks. However, Austin Peay found its success with two outs, going 11-for-19 at the plate with 14 runs scored. It was the Govs best two-out performance since February 28th against Middle Tennessee (a 21-run outburst). It also was the second consecutive game with 10 or more hits with two outs, following an 11-for-23 outing against Western Kentucky.

Everyone Gets A Hit
An impressive 13 different Govs finished with a hit in the victory. That includes the Govs bench that saw five consecutive hitters reach base in the ninth, four via a hit. Pinch hitter Andrew Flaherty didn’t get a base hit, but drove in his first RBI as a Governor on a fielder’s choice.

Another Pinch Hit Long Ball
That string of pinch hit base knocks included Alex Sala‘s three-run home run with two outs. He is the third Govs batter to record a pinch hit home run and APSU pinch hitters have four home runs this season.

Austin Peay and UT Martin will continue their three-game OVC set with an 11:00am, Saturday doubleheader at Skyhawk Field.

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Tampa, FL – All signs point to higher gas prices. Gasoline demand is surging while inventories are beginning to slip. Meanwhile, refineries are getting rid of excess winter blend gasoline as they continue to push summer blend fuel into the market, which is more expensive to produce.

Today the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.32, an increase of 3 cents from last week, up a few fractions of a cent from one month ago, and 26 cents more than this time last year.

Declining gasoline inventories normally trigger a rise in gas prices.
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Austin Peay State University Sports – APSU – Governors – Lady Govs

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University athletics will hold an 11:00am, Thursday, press conference to introduce Matt Figger as the 12th head men’s basketball coach in program history.

Figger comes to Austin Peay on the heels of a whirlwind Final Four run as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under Frank Martin at South Carolina. The Gamecocks were the East Region champion, taking down Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida on the way to Phoenix.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Figger and his family to APSU,” said Austin Peay athletics director Ryan Ivey. “This is an exciting and unprecedented time for Governors basketball.”

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Austin Peay (12-15, 5-7 OVC) at Southern Illinois (15-14, 3-0 MVC)

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 | 5:00pm CT
Carbondale, IL | Itchy Jones Stadium

APSU Baseball – Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team closes its current five-game road trip when it heads northward again, this time to face Southern Illinois in a 5:00pm, Tuesday contest at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois.

Tuesday’s contest is the second half of the 2017 home-and-home set between the teams. The Govs won the season’s first meeting, 10-3, February 22nd in Clarksville thanks to five home runs, including a pair by right fielder Chase Hamilton.

Austin Peay Baseball faces Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Tuesday. (APSU Sports Information)
Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce

Clarksville, TN – U.S. Census Bureau estimates released last week show Montgomery County’s population at 195,734 as of July 1st, 2016. The increase from July 1st, 2015 to July 1st, 2016 means the county gained 2,440 new residents, or almost seven persons per day.

Since 2010, Montgomery County’s growth rate of 13.6%, or 23,372 new residents, is among the top counties in the state. Population estimates for the city of Clarksville have not yet been released.

Downtown Clarksville. (David Smith)

Clarksville, TN – Faced with a rare opportunity to impress recruiters from one of the most sought-after internships in America, automotive manufacturer Tesla, Inc., Austin Peay State University junior physics major Jonathan Bunton said he felt he needed to combat a common misconception in the tech sector.

APSU physics student Jonathan Bunton. (Hunter Abrams, APSU)

Written by Mari-Alice Jasper
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY – 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Students dressed in kilts, Hanboks, and embroidered dresses strutted across the stage during the Barsanti Elementary School fashion show March, 24th, 2017, as part of International Day.

This is the fourth year the school has celebrated International Day. This year, all of the students watched a fashion show, sampled exotic foods and visited exhibits about different countries.

Before music began for the fashion show, Xavier Mendoza, third grade, and his sister, Lily, first grade, anxiously stood on the side of the stage, dressed in spotless white traditional Nicaraguan attire.

A trio of Panamanian dancers, Elisabeth Adamski, Shanida Hatcher and Vicky Shuler, performed a couple of traditional dances for the students at Barsanti Elementary School March 24, 2017, during their International Day celebration. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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 baseball team has hit a lull over the past three weeks, after a solid start to the season, and while there is still a lot of baseball yet to be played for the Governors, some trends need to turn around if they look to get a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference postseason field.

The Govs (12-15, 5-7 OVC) currently sit in the eighth spot in the conference standings, a game ahead of ninth-place SIU Edwardsville and a game-and-a-half ahead of 10th-place Eastern Illinois, with the top eight teams making the OVC postseason tournament field.

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pasadena, CA – Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter’s moon Europa? There’s no promising you’ll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help.

Since 2015, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been developing new technologies for use on future missions to ocean worlds. That includes a subsurface probe that could burrow through miles of ice, taking samples along the way; robotic arms that unfold to reach faraway objects; and a projectile launcher for even more distant samples.

A robotic claw, one of several innovative tools developed at JPL for exploring icy, ocean worlds like Europa. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)APSU Sports Information
APSU Women’s Golf

Owens Cross Roads, AL – Posting a program-best score in Ohio Valley Conference play, Austin Peay State University enjoyed a spectacular opening round at the 2017 OVC Women’s Golf Championships at Hampton Cove Golf Course.

Austin Peay Women’s Golf has programs best score at the 2017 OVC Women’s Golf Championships at Hampton Cove Golf Course. (APSU Sports Information)

Festival dominates downtown Thursday-Saturday

Clarksville Transit System – CTS

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Transit Center will temporarily relocate its operations, and several downtown streets will close during the Rivers and Spires Festival, a music, arts and entertainment event that unfolds April 20th-22nd, 2017 in Clarksville.

CTS, which provides nearly one million rides a year, will use an alternate staging area for its Legion Street Transit Center on Friday and Saturday.

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Austin Peay (16-18, 8-10 OVC) at Lipscomb (17-17, 3-6 ASUN)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | 6:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Dugan Field

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Clarksville, TN – The season’s second five-game road trip comes to an end when Austin Peay State University’s baseball team hits the road for a pair of midweek contests. The Govs first travel to Lipscomb for a 6:00pm, Tuesday contest before heading back into the Bluegrass State for a 5:00pm, Wednesday matchup with Western Kentucky.

APSU Baseball travels to Lipscomb and Western Kentucky this week. (APSU Sports Information)

Doubleheader to be Played Sunday, May 28th

Nashville Sounds

Nashville, TN – Monday night’s game between the Nashville Sounds and Colorado Springs Sky Sox has been postponed due to rain at First Tennessee Park.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, May 28th at First Tennessee Park. Game one will begin at 4:05pm with game two scheduled to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both contests will be seven innings.

Fans can enjoy the post-game Memorial Day fireworks after the doubleheader.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board

Clarksville, TN – Shiloh Industries is gearing up for new product production in Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Corporate Business Park with the first new die cast machine expected to be installed this week.

The company’s soon-to-be local plant manager, Gerald Craycraft, met with the Industrial Development Board this week to announce new improvements and new product lines to Shiloh’s original plans since purchasing Contech in August 2013.

IDB Chairman Billy Atkins and Shiloh Plant Manager Gerald Craycraft hold a magnesium dashboard panel manufactured at the Shiloh plant in Ireland.
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Clarksville, TN – With the need to replace four senior pitchers for the upcoming 2018 season, Austin Peay State University opened the NCAA Signing period by inking Tyler Junior College hurler Kelly Mardones to a National Letter of Intent.

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Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – On Sunday morning, April 16th, 2017 around 2:28am, Clarksville Police Officers responded to a truck being broken into at Mann Circle and spoke to a witness who gave a detailed description of the suspects.

When Officer Castin Lanham arrived in the area, he spotted two men meeting the description given by the witness near the intersection of Oak Street and Mann Circle. The two men were seen carrying items in their hands.

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Clarksville, TN – When Fidelity Investments asked couples how much they think they will need to save for retirement to maintain their current lifestyle, 48% had “no idea.”

Forty-seven percent disagreed on the amount needed (the disagreement highest among those closest to retirement). In some ways, that’s not surprising – many couples disagree on financial and lifestyle matters long before they’ve stopped working. But while adjustments (hopefully) can be made and differences resolved, things can become more difficult in retirement.

Many couples don’t agree on when, where or how they’re going to retire.
Tuckessee Harley Owner’s Group, H.O.G, chapter

Clarksville, TN – The Tuckessee Harley Owner’s Group recently took a group ride to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. In what was described as a “hookie day” ride, members took leave of absence from their work stations to spend the day on the open road.

After meeting at Appleton’s Harley Davidson in Clarksville, the group pulled out at 9:00am for a full day of riding and fellowship.

Their route took them through Port Royal State Park, into Kentucky where they picked up Highway 79 through Russellville, and on to Bowling Green, where they made their first “pit” stop. From there, they headed north and enjoyed a picture perfect day for riding.

Clarksville Tuckessee Harley Owner’s Group
Instant Peay Play – APSU Sports

Clarksville, TN – With just 19 days left before it’s commencement ceremony, the first of Austin Peay State University’s spring sports teams will begin Ohio Valley Conference postseason championship play this week.

Overall, the OVC will host eight spring championships over the next 37 days, beginning this week with women’s golf on April 17th through April 19th and men’s and women’s tennis on April 21st through April 23rd.

Austin Peay Men and Women’s Tennis along with the Men and Women’s Golf teams begin postseason this week. (APSU Sports Information)Montgomery County Government Tennessee

Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Health Department has started a movement called Healthier Montgomery to become one of the top ten healthiest counties in the State County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

This public health movement, designed by Joey Smith, Public Health County Director, is designed to improve residents’ health by taking the best ideas and providing a roadmap that turns those ideas into actions at the street and neighborhood level.

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Land Between The Lakes, KY/TN – Woodlands Nature Station, at Land Between the Lakes, hosts Homeschoolers’ Day on Friday, April 28th, from 10:00am-3:00pm. Home educators and their families can spend a day learning all about trees and forest habitats. A two-hour visit is recommended and everyone is welcome.

All programs included with regular admission: ages 13 and up $5.00, ages 5-12 $3.00, ages 4 and under are free. For more information, call Nature Station at 270.924.2299.

Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station offers a close up look at many native wildlife species. (O’Neil Arnold, KY Toursim)

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