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APSU Governors Baseball squeezes past Milwaukee Panthers 4-3

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Left fielder Cody Hudson put down a perfect bunt as third baseman Kevin Corey raced home and scored to give Austin Peay State University’s baseball team a 4-3 victory in 10 innings against Milwaukee, Friday afternoon, in the Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Men's Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

The suicide squeeze gave the Govs their third straight come-from behind victory and their first extra-inning victory. The Govs improved to 11-2 overall – the best 13-game start in program history.

Milwaukee (3-8) gave Austin Peay all it could handle in the first nine innings. The Panthers scored the game’s first run on center fielder Luke Meeteer’s RBI infield single in the second. After the Govs took a 2-1 lead, Milwaukee struck back with a pair of leadoff home runs – third baseman Nick Unes hit one in the fifth inning to tie the game and catcher Will Fadness’ sixth-inning blast put UWM ahead.

P.J. TorresAustin Peay found Milwaukee starter Jake Long to be the stingy sort as they scratched out just a pair of runs on six hits through his seven-plus inning outing. Catcher P.J. Torres tied the game at 1-1 with his second-inning RBI single. Two innings later, the Govs took advantage of a Milwaukee error – Corey pushing home a run with a sacrifice bunt in the third to give APSU a 2-1 lead.

Long would retired 13 of the next 16 batters he would face after giving up the lead, allowing Milwaukee to gain the lead. However, the Govs opened the eighth with back-to-back singles, finally chasing Long from the mound. Milwaukee reliever Jake Tuttle would walk second baseman Jordan Hankins to load the bases. The Panthers then turned to shortstop Alex Erdmann who took the mound and posted back-to-back strikes outs before inducing a fielder’s choice to end the APSU threat.

Craig MassoniAustin Peay manufactured the tying run in the ninth. Torres led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Brett Carlson. Designated hitter Tommy Hager promptly moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt. Center fielder Dylan Riner made the work pay off with a single through the right side that allowed Carlson to score, pushing the game to extra innings.

Reliever Tyler Rogers entered the game in the 10th and worked out of a jam thanks to an inning-ending double play. Corey began the Govs half of the inning by beating out a throw at first for an infield single. First baseman Craig Massoni moved Corey to third with a one-out single to shallow right, setting up the game-winning suicide squeeze.

Austin Peay starter Luke Ridenhour went nine innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. Rogers (2-0) picked up the win after tossing the scoreless 10th.

Hudson, who hit a walk-off home run Monday against Michigan State, finished the night 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Corey also was 2-for-4 with a RBI and Torres was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Riner had the Govs other RBI as part of a 1-for-3 effort.

Milwaukee reliever Tyler Thicke (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing one run on three hits in the 10th. Starter Jake Long was left with no decision despite allowing only two runs on six hits through seven-plus innings.

Right fielder Derek Peake, second baseman Michael Porcaro and Unes each had two hits to pace the Panthers offense.

Austin Peay continues play in the Riverview Inn Classic with a 3:30pm, Saturday contest against Creighton. The Bluejays opened the tournament with a 4-2 victory against UALR, Friday.

Box Score

Milwaukee at Austin Peay
March 8th, 2013 at Clarksville, TN (Raymond C. Hand Park)

Milwaukee 3 (3-8)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
PEAKE, Derek rf 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2
PORCARO, Michael 2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 0
CAPASSO, Jonathan lf 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1
FADNESS, Will c 5 1 1 1 0 0 5 3 2
KOENIG, Sam dh 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TAYLOR, Tell ss 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
WILSON, Pat 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 14 1 0
ERDMANN, Alex ss/p 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
UHEN, Joshua p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
THICKE, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UNES, Nick 3b 3 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
MEETEER, Luke cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 2
LONG, Jake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
TUTTLE, Jake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 3 10 3 3 4 28 15 7

 

Austin Peay 4 (11-2)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
COREY, Kevin 3b 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 0
MASSONI, Craig 1b 4 0 1 0 1 2 10 0 1
HUDSON, Cody lf 4 1 2 1 1 1 5 0 0
HARPER, Reed ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 3
TORRES, P.J. c 3 0 2 1 0 1 5 1 0
CARLSON, Brett pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UNDERWOOD, Britte c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HAGER, Tommy dh 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
RINER, Dylan cf 3 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 2
RIDENHOUR, Lee p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ROGERS, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 34 4 11 4 4 5 30 15 9

 

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
---------------------------------------------
Milwaukee........... 010 011 000 0 -  3 10  1
Austin Peay......... 011 000 001 1 -  4 11  0
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Note: 1 out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

 

E – UNES(4). DP – UWM 1; APSU 2. LOB – UWM 7; APSU 9. 2B – ERDMANN(1). HR – FADNESS(3); UNES(1). SH – PORCARO(3); COREY, K.(3); TORRES, P.(1); HAGER, T.(1). SB – HUDSON, C.(5). CS – PEAKE(2); MASSONI, C.(1).

 

Milwaukee ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
LONG, Jake 7.0 6 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 24 29 5 13 92
TUTTLE, Jake 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
ERDMANN, Alex 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 12
UHEN, Joshua 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 14
THICKE, Tyler L,0-1 0.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 12
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
RIDENHOUR, Lee 9.0 9 3 3 2 4 0 0 0 1 34 36 11 10 111
ROGERS, Tyler W,2-0 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 2 9

 

Win – ROGERS, T. (2-0). Loss – THICKE (0-1). Save – None. Inherited runners/scored: TUTTLE 2/0; ERDMANN 3/0. Pitches/strikes: LONG 92/58; TUTTLE 4/0; ERDMANN 12/8; UHEN 14/8; THICKE 12/9; RIDENHOUR, L 111/72; ROGERS, T. 9/4. Umpires – HP: Thomas Floyd 1B: Bryon Martin 3B: Scott Inman
Start: 3:46 pm Time: 2:22 Attendance: 413
Weather: 53, Clear, Wind E12 Game notes: UWM: Fadness leadoff home run in the sixth.
LONG faced 2 batters in the 8th.
TUTTLE faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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