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Austin Peay Governors Baseball defeats Eastern Illinois Panthers 3-0 to win the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship
APSU wins it’s Second Straight OVC Tournament Championship
Austin Peay Baseball
Jackson, TN – After losing its first game of the tournament on Thursday, the No. 1 seeded Austin Peay State University baseball team completed a four-game winning streak in shutting out the Eastern Illinois Panthers and capturing the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship on Sunday at Pringles Park.
It is the fifth OVC Tournament Championship and second-straight for Austin Peay, joining titles the Governors won in 1996, 2005, 2007 and 2011.It marked only the second shutout in OVC Championship Game history, equaling the feat that Austin Peay achieved with a 5-0 win over Jacksonville State in 2005.
The Govs also shutout the Panthers on Saturday (7-0) to force Sunday’s “if necessary” championship game.
For Eastern Illinois, ace pitcher and All-OVC first-team selection Mike Hoekstra started his second game of the tournament on Sunday. The senior opened play on Wednesday by allowing just two hits in a nine-inning complete game. On Sunday Hoekstra allowed two unearned runs in the first inning and lasted 6.2 total innings, striking out five and not walking a batter.
Austin Peay scored two unearned runs in the first inning after a fielding error by Eastern Illinois (29-29) shortstop Ryan Dineen extended the inning, allowing Greg Bachman and Rolando Gautier to single in runs.
There would be no more scoring in the quick-moving game until the bottom of the eighth when Cody Hudson singled home the third run of the game for the Governors.
After starting Austin Peay’s OVC Tournament victory over Jacksonville State on Friday afternoon, junior Casey Delgado returned to the mound on Sunday. He allowed only three hits over five innings of work in improving to 8-4 on the season.
Senior Zach Toney, who started the first game of the tournament for Austin Peay pitched the final four innings, not allowing a base runner and striking out four, in picking up a save and earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Toney had allowed only one run in seven innings in Thursday’s start.
With the victory Austin Peay (38-22) earned the OVC’s automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. That field will be announced on Monday at 11:00am CT on ESPNU.
2012 OVC Baseball All-Tournament Team
2012 OVC Baseball Tournament MVP
Greg Bachman, Austin Peay
2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball
Eastern Illinois vs Austin Peay
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