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Austin Peay State University opens Ohio Valley Conference baseball schedule this weekend

 

Austin Peay Governors at Eastern Illinois

Fri.-Sun., March 15th-17th, 2013
Charleston, IL | Coaches Stadium (500)

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – The red-hot Austin Peay State University baseball team jumps right into the Ohio Valley Conference battle this weekend when they visit Eastern Illinois for a three game series at Coaches Stadium.

This is week 2 of the league race after 10 teams opened the campaign last weekend, including Eastern Illinois which lost a three game series to SIU Edwardsville.

APSU Baseball.

APSU Baseball.

Austin Peay opened the league slate with a bye week and will play OVC foes the next 10 weekends. The Govs will seek to turn its fortunes in Charleston where it has not won a series since 2004, posting a 3-7 record in the four series since.

Austin Peay is off to it’s best 17 game start in the program’s history, going 15-2, and taking their seven-game win streak into their OVC opening weekend. During the seven-game win streak, Austin Peay has won six games when it has been tied or trailed after the sixth inning.

APSU is batting .322 during the streak and averaging 6.7 runs per game. Governor pitching is carrying a 4.36 ERA during the stretch, but it’s starters are only 1-0 with a 6.50 ERA.

Senior outfielder Cody Hudson was named National Player of the Week by two organizations this week and is batting .485 with 12 RBI and 7 stolen bases during his 8-game streak.

Junior third baseman Kevin Corey has driven his batting average up 217 points in the last 18 days, hitting .259 entering the weekend.

Shortstop Reed Harper recorded 8 of his 12 RBI during a six-game hit streak that ended Wednesday at Lipscomb.

Austin Peay has leaned on its bullpen during the current win streak with it responsible for 30.0 innings (out of 66) and it has responded with a 6-0 record and 1.80 ERA while holding opponents to a .176 batting average. Closer Tyler Rogers is 4-0 with 7 saves in 13 appearances this season, posting 4 wins and 2 saves during the win streak.

Junior starter Lee Ridenhour, the Govs No. 1 starter, is 2-0 this season with a 2.01 ERA and went 9 innings in a no decision last week against Milwaukee. Senior Casey Delgado will toe the rubber in Game 2, seeking to bounce back from a sub-par outing against Creighton last weekend where he lasted just 2-plus innings. Junior Zach Hall will start the series finale while looking to build on last weekend’s quality start (7.0 IP, 3 R, 6 K) against UALR.

Eastern Illinois brings a 3-12 record and 0-3 conference mark into this weekend’s series. The Panthers have lost seven straight, including a three-game series sweep at SIU Edwardsville to open league action, last weekend. Eastern Illinois opens its home slate with this weekend’s OVC set. EIU has proven dangerous this season, taking the opening game of a three-game series at Southeastern Conference foe Auburn, March 1st, their last victory.

The Govs continue to gather recognition for their hot start nationally. Austin Peay was listed among the teams receiving votes in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches poll released March 11th. The Govs tallied six points in the poll and were tied for 34th unofficially with Indiana and Texas.

 

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Date
Start
Austin Peay Starter
Opponent Starter
Friday
2:00pm
RHP Lee Ridenhour (RJr., 2-0, 2.01 ERA)
TBA
Saturday
1:00pm
RHP Casey Delgado (Sr., 2-1, 6.75 ERA)
TBA
Sunday
1:00pm
LHP Zach Hall (Jr., 2-0, 5.66 ERA)
TBA

Broadcast Information

Radio: WVRY 105.1 FM
Online: www.LetsGoPeay.com

Live Stats: www.EIUPanthers.com
Twitter Updates: @APSUBaseball


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