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Hardy named OVC Pitcher of the Year, Walker All-OVC selection

For the second consecutive season, Austin Peays baseball team has had a pitcher named the Ohio Valley Conferences "Pitcher of the Year," with junior starting pitcher Rowdy Hardy earning the 2005 award. In addition Hardy received his second consecutive first-team All-OVC honor and was joined on the first team by senior shortstop Jared Walker.

APSU had a total of eight players named to the two All-OVC teams, including six second-team honorees, the most of any conference program.
For the second consecutive season, Austin Peay's baseball team has had a pitcher named the Ohio Valley Conference's "Pitcher of the Year," with junior starting pitcher Rowdy Hardy earning the 2005 award. In addition Hardy received his second consecutive first-team All-OVC honor and was joined on the first team by senior shortstop Jared Walker.

APSU had a total of eight players named to the two All-OVC teams, including six second-team honorees, the most of any conference program.

Hardy, from Bethel Springs, compiled a 10-5 mark during the regular-season, the only conference pitcher to record 10 victories. He was the first pitcher in school history to record two 10-win seasons during their career and the third in conference history. Hardy also led the league in ERA (2.12), innings pitched (110.1) and shutouts (2) while tying for the OVC lead in complete games (7). He is the sixth APSU pitcher to receive conference “Pitcher of the Year” honors. It is his second straight year-end honor. He was named the league's “Rookie of the Year.”

Walker, Nashville, moved from third base to shortstop this season and picked up his first career first-team All-OVC recognition after being named honorable mention last season. He finished the 2005 regular season batting a team-best .374 (82-of-219) while leading the team in runs batted in (51) slugging percentage (.539) and on-base percentage (.439).

Junior catcher Tommy Smith, Murfreesboro, was named to the second-team for the second consecutive season. Smith saw his 82-game errorless streak come to an end, but is batting a career best .346.

Senior second baseman Jake Peterson, Lakewood, Colo., earned his first All-OVC recognition after compiling a 20-game hit streak earlier in the year that pushed his batting average to .354, second best on the team.

Junior outfielder Cody Youngblood, Plainwell, Mich., earns second-team honors in his first season at Austin Peay. The Govs center fielder and leadoff man led the OVC in stolen bases (27) and led the Govs in runs scored (52) and walks (40).

Senior first baseman Chris Poynter, Columbia, picked up his first All-OVC honors this season while finishing in the team's top five in batting average (.342), runs batted in (34), on-base percentage (.412) and slugging percentage (.435). He also recorded the school's first cycle since 1996 in his 5-for-5 performance March 15 at Lipscomb.

Senior designated hitter Chris Hyde, Knoxville, finishes his career with his third consecutive second-team citation. He finished among the team top-five in seven statistical categories, including home runs where his five ranks second most.

Sophomore starting pitcher Shawn Kelley, Louisville, earns second-team honors in his second season on the mound. He compiled a 6-3 mark and 3.73 ERA, including a 4-1 mark in conference action.
—Cody Bush