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APSU Governors Baseball powers past SIU Edwardsville Cougars 20-2 in OVC opener

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team used a rare offensive onslaught to post a 20-2 Ohio Valley Conference victory against SIU Edwardsville, Thursday night at Raymond C. Hand Park.

APSU Baseball's Cody Hudson had four hits including a double in Austin Peay's win over SIUE Thursday night. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

APSU Baseball’s Cody Hudson had four hits including a double in Austin Peay’s win over SIUE Thursday night. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (40-13, 20-7 OVC) saw each of its starting nine record a hit and 13 players in total finished the night with a base knock. The Govs finished with 31 base hits, the most since a 33-hit affair at Morehead State in 2007.

After a nine-run second inning was followed by three runs in the third and two more in the fourth, only two questions remained. First, how far could starter Zach Hall carry his no-hit bid. Secondly, how many at-bats would it take for  first baseman Craig Massoni, the OVC’s leading hitter, to record a hit.

Hall (7-2) would carry his no-hitter into the sixth inning where he allowed a one-out single to SIUE center fielder Travis Becherer. The Cougars would add a second hit in the frame, but could not scratch out a run.

Following the half inning the game was delayed for more than an hour due to lightning, ending Hall’s night. Still, he picked up the win with six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out five batters.

Massoni’s quest for a base hit would consume four at-bats until he singled in the sixth inning following the weather delay. He would finish the night 1-for-6 at the plate, dropping his average to .380 and his lead over Morehead State’s Kane Sweeney to nine points.

Otherwise it was a banner night for the Govs batters. All told, Austin Peay finished with 13 extra-base hits in their 31-hit outing – eight doubles, a triple and four home runs.

Shortstop Reed Harper went 5-for-6 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth. Third baseman Jordan Hankins had two home runs and a double as part of a 4-for-5, four RBI outing. Left fielder Cody Hudson also had four hits, including a double. Center fielder Dylan Riner also chipped in four hits.

SIUE starter Caleb Wilkerson (2-5) suffered the loss after allowing 12 runs on 15 hits in the first three innings. The Cougars finished with four hits, including solo home runs by third baseman Jacob Stewart and right fielder Devin Caldwell.

Austin Peay and SIUE continue their Ohio Valley Conference series with a 6:00pm, Friday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Box Score

SIU Edwardsville at Austin Peay
May 16th, 2013 at Clarksville, TN (Raymond C. Hand Park)

SIU Edwardsville 2 (16-33,10-18 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
BECHERER, Travis cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
STEWART, Jacob 3b/p 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
VAZQUEZ, James 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0
GREATTING, Joel 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 3
MONAGHAN, Michael ph/1b 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
GEISSINGER, Skyler ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
CALDWELL, Devin rf 3 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 0
RYBERG, Bryan rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
LITTLE, Zach c 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
JOHNSON, Drew c 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0
REED, Denton dh 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HIGHLAND, Matt 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
LOMBARDO, Nick lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
WILKERSON, Caleb p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
WILLIAMS, J.D. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 31 2 4 2 3 7 24 10 6

 

Austin Peay 20 (40-13,20-7 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 5 2 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
SCHLATTER, Kyle ph/1b 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 2
HANKINS, Jordan 3b 5 3 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
COREY, Kevin 3b 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
MASSONI, Craig 1b/rf 6 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 3
HARPER, Reed ss 6 4 5 3 0 0 1 2 1
HUDSON, Cody lf 4 2 4 2 0 0 4 0 0
HAGER, Tommy ph/lf 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
DAVIS, Michael dh 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
DILLON, Mason ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UNDERWOOD, Britte lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TORRES, P.J. c 3 2 2 3 0 0 3 1 0
WOLLENZIN, Matt ph/c 3 0 1 1 0 2 4 0 0
RINER, Dylan cf 6 3 4 0 0 0 5 0 4
CARLSON, Brett 2b 6 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 0
HALL, Zach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BELEW, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 55 20 31 20 0 3 27 7 11

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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SIU Edwardsville.... 000 000 110 -  2  4  2
Austin Peay......... 093 203 12X - 20 31  0
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E – STEWART(6); VAZQUEZ(4). DP – SIUE 2. LOB – SIUE 6; APSU 11. 2B – GAUTIER, R.(16); HANKINS, J.(10); HARPER, Re. 2(12); HUDSON, C.(18); HAGER, T.(3); RINER, D.(11); CARLSON, B.(2). 3B – GAUTIER, R.(2). HR – STEWART(2); CALDWELL(10); HANKINS, J. 2(11); HARPER, Re.(4); TORRES, P.(7). HBP – BECHERER. SB – BECHERER(19); HUDSON, C.(27).

 

SIU Edwardsville ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
WILKERSON, Caleb L,2-5 3.0 15 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 24 4 4 66
WILLIAMS, J.D. 2.0 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 11 11 3 2 46
STEWART, Jacob 3.0 11 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 20 20 3 3 48
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HALL, Zach W,7-2 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 20 22 10 3 69
BELEW, Alex 2.0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 2 4 43
HAGER, Tommy 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 11

 

Win – HALL, Z. (7-2). Loss – WILKERSON,C. (2-5). Save – None. WP – WILLIAMS(5). HBP – by HALL, Z. (BECHERER). Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: WILKERSON,C. 66/44; WILLIAMS 46/25; STEWART 48/35; HALL, Z. 69/44; BELEW, A. 43/22; HAGER, T. 11/8. Umpires – HP: Andrew Glenn 1B: Bill Williams 3B: Anthony Jordan
Start: 6:02 PM Time: 2:29 Attendance: 409
Weather: 79, M. Clear, Wind W1 Game notes: Weather Delay (Lightning) of 63 minutes in the middle of the sixth.

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