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Austin Peay State University Governors Baseball wins Third Straight OVC Tournament Title with 6-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Jackson, TN — Austin Peay State University’s baseball team spotted Eastern Kentucky University an early three-run lead, May 25th at The Ballpark at Jackson, in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game, but rallied to score the final six runs to win its third straight tournament title and a spot in the NCAA tournament field.
The Govs (45-13), ranked 26th in the nation by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will find out whom and where they will be playing on May 27th, noon, on the NCAA Baseball Tournament selection show on ESPN.
The win was also the 15th straight by the Govs, the longest current win streak in the nation, while the 45 total wins is a new school single-season record.
Some early wildness by Austin Peay starting pitcher Ryan Quick set Eastern Kentucky (23-34) up for a quick start, as the Colonels first two batters walked on their way to scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.
Kyle Nowlin and Doug Teegarden drew the back-to-back walks with Shaun Ball singling an out later to load the bases.
Ball led Eastern Kentucky with three hits.
That brought up Bryan Soloman, who laced a ball past a diving Jordan Hankins at third base and down the left field line for a double – scoring Nowlin and Teegarden.
Alex Hughes followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Ball, who just beat the throw home to give the Colonels a 3-0 advantage.
Dylan Riner opened the inning with a single, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Hankins.
Riner, along with Cody Hudson led Austin Peay with three hits each.
Craig Massoni followed with a single, which brought up the Govs hottest hitter over the past two weeks in Reed Harper — who didn’t disappoint – as he blasted a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a three run homer, his sixth of the season, to tie the game 3-3.
Brett Carlson got the rally going with an infield hit and moved to second base on a single by Riner.
That brought up Hankins, who laced a single into left field that scored Carlson from second base for a 4-3 advantage.
Tommy Hager started the inning with a single through the left side of the Colonels infield and move to second base on a sacrifice by Carlson.
A groundball by Riner got Hager to third where Hankins drove him in with a single to put the Govs up two.
Austin Peay would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-out RBI double off the left field wall by Riner, scoring Hager – who reached on a one-out single and moved into scoring position by stealing second base.
Tyler Rogers came in and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 21st save of the season and breaking a tie with former Jacksonville State closer Todd Hornsby for the OVC all-time saves mark with 33 total saves.
2013 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball
Eastern Kentucky vs #26 Austin Peay
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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