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Austin Peay Governors Baseball defeats Eastern Illinois Panthers 3-0 to win the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship

Posted By News Staff On Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 3:36 pm In Sports | No Comments

APSU wins it’s Second Straight OVC Tournament Championship

Austin Peay Baseball

Ohio Valley ConferenceJackson, 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.

Austin Peay State University Governors are the 2012 OVC Baseball Champions. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Olivia Westover) [1]

Austin Peay State University Governors are the 2012 OVC Baseball Champions. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Olivia Westover)

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.

Rolando Gautier [2]During the tournament Hoekstra (5-4) pitched a total of 15.2 innings, allowing only three unearned runs while striking out nine.

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.

Cody Hudson [3]Hudson and Tyler Childress were the only Governors to record multi-hits in the game, as eight of the nine APSU positional starters had at least one hit.

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

  • Sam Eberle, Jacksonville State
  • Kenton Parmley, Southeast Missouri
  • Ryan Dineen, Eastern Illinois
  • Greg Bachman, Austin Peay
  • Reed Harper, Austin Peay
  • Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay
  • Kyle Bluestein, Jacksonville State
  • Rolando Gautier, Austin Peay
  • Ben Thoma, Eastern Illinois
  • Daniel Watts, Jacksonville State
  • Mike Hoekstra, Eastern Illinois
  • Kacy Kemmer, Austin Peay
  • Zach Toney, Austin Peay

2012 OVC Baseball Tournament MVP

Greg Bachman, Austin Peay

Greg Bachman [5]

Box Score

2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball

Eastern Illinois vs Austin Peay
May 27th, 2012 at Jackson, Tennessee (Pringles Park)


Eastern Illinois 0 (29-29)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
HOWELL, Caleb cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
BERRA, Cameron rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
DINEEN, Ryan ss 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 0
MCMANUS, T.J. 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 0
THOMA, Ben dh 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
CIAGLIA, David lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1
REESE, Jacob c 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
VALACH, Brant 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SOPENA, Nathan 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
SCHWEIGERT, Brad ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
SAUER, Dane 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HOEKSTRA, Mike p 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
KALOUSEK, George p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WORMAN, Darin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BARTON, Troy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 28 0 3 0 2 4 24 10 3
 
Austin Peay 3 (38-22)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0
CLINARD, Jon dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 0
HARPER, Reed ss 3 0 1 0 1 1 4 5 0
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 4 0 1 1 0 2 4 0 3
CHILDRESS, Tyler 1b 3 1 2 0 0 1 10 1 0
WOLLENZIN, Matt c 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3
TORRES, P.J. ph/c 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
HUDSON, Cody lf 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1
DELGADO, Casey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
TONEY, Zach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 3 10 3 3 6 27 14 11
Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Eastern Illinois.... 000 000 000 -  0  3  1
Austin Peay......... 200 000 01X -  3 10  0
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E – DINEEN(17). DP – EIU 1; APSU 1. LOB – EIU 3; APSU 11. 2B – CHILDRESS(5). 3B – CHILDRESS(2). HBP – CLINARD; CHILDRESS. SH – BLANCHARD(9); CLINARD(18). SB – BLANCHARD(15). CS – HOWELL(7).
Eastern Illinois ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go
HOEKSTRA, Mike L,5-4 6.2 8 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 26 30 6 8
KALOUSEK, George 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
WORMAN, Darin 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
BARTON, Troy 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 0
 
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go
DELGADO, Casey W,8-4 5.0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 18 5 8
TONEY, Zach S,1 4.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 12 12 5 3
Win - DELGADO (8-4). Loss - HOEKSTRA (5-4). Save - TONEY (1). HBP – by HOEKSTRA (CHILDRESS); by HOEKSTRA (CLINARD). Umpires - HP: Don Gilmore 1B: Chuck Pack 2B: Steve Dew 3B: Stephen Hagan
Start: 12:03pm Time: 2:27 Attendance: 502 Weather: 92, Clear, Wind SW2 G9 Game notes: Game 11 of the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship. Austin Peay wins the 2012 OVC Baseball Championship.
KALOUSEK faced 2 batters in the 7th.
WORMAN faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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