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Lady Govs softball to begin Perrin Era at Lipscomb today

APSUs softball team will usher in the Jim Perrin Era at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, when it travels to Nashville to play Lipscomb in a doubleheader.

It will be the Lady Govs first official action under Perrin, APSUs new softball coach. Perrin served as a Lady Govs volunteer assistant a year ago after a legendary prep coaching career at Christian County (Ky.) High School.
APSU's softball team will usher in the Jim Perrin Era at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, when it travels to Nashville to play Lipscomb in a doubleheader.

It will be the Lady Govs' first official action under Perrin, APSU's new softball coach. Perrin served as a Lady Govs volunteer assistant a year ago after a legendary prep coaching career at Christian County (Ky.) High School.

“I'm a little excited about it, but I'm a little nervous, too,” Perrin says. “Even though you have been doing this for about 30 years, I don't think you ever think you're ready for that opening game.”

Perrin takes over a team that went 18-37 a year ago and missed the Ohio Valley Conference playoffs. That's the bad news. The good news is the Lady Govs return several players from that still-young ball club.

The team should be led by junior shortstop Brianna Venable, who set an APSU single-season record by hitting 13 home runs a year ago while driving home 32 in batting .280, and sophomore hurler Natasha Anderson, who set APSU's freshman record with 13 wins in 2004 while becoming only the second pitcher in history to strikeout more than 200 batters (205). Both earned second-team All-OVC honors a year ago.

The Lady Govs include return outfielders Jennifer Simpkins and Ami Bush, catcher Amy Hale, third baseman Jessica Warden, utility player Jennifer Travis, second baseman Michelle Edmonds, first baseman Tina Nickey, reserve catcher Fallon Felts and pitching sisters Lindsay and Ashley Porter.

The Lady Govs also return two players from two seasons ago, outfielder Candice Haefele, who sat out 2004 with a neck injury after earning second-team All-OVC honors in 2003, and hurler Lydia Money-Gunn, who was the Lady Govs top hurler two years before missing last season after having a baby.

Unfortunately, Sarah Longmire, the Lady Govs No. 2 hurler a year ago and second-leading hitter, may miss the season with a shoulder injury.
—Brad Kirtley