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Austin Peay State University Governors Baseball puts a squeeze on Morehead State Eagles for 9-8 win

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUMorehead, KY – Catcher P.J. Torres’ ninth-inning squeeze bunt provided the go-ahead run and Austin Peay State University’s baseball team held on for a 9-8 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Morehead State, Saturday afternoon at Allen Field.

Austin Peay catcher P.J. Torres' ninth-inning squeeze bunt pushed the Govs past Morehead State, Saturday. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay catcher P.J. Torres’ ninth-inning squeeze bunt pushed the Govs past Morehead State, Saturday. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (19-29, 11-12 OVC) could not break the game open as Morehead State responded to each Govs score to force four ties through six innings. After Morehead State tied the game 7-7 in the sixth, neither team scored in the seventh or eighth innings.

The Govs started the ninth with third baseman Alex Robles’ single through the left side. One out later, left fielder Ridge Smith singled through the left side moving pinch runner Chase Hamilton to second. Both runners advanced thanks to a passed ball that proved crucial.

P.J. TorresMorehead State (24-22, 12-11 OVC) went to Craig Percy, its closer, after the passed ball and to face catcher P.J. Torres. The tie would not survive Percy’s first pitch which Torres bunted down the third base line, allowing Hamilton to score on the squeeze as Torres reached first safely.

With runners on the corners, Austin Peay turned to its basepath trickery to pad its lead. The Govs executed a delayed double steal, with Torres safe at second and Smith scoring thanks to a throw in the dirt at second by the Eagles catcher. The Govs would not add to their 9-7 lead as the next two batters struck out.

A.J. GauraMorehead State threatened to tie the game in its half of the ninth. Austin Peay relief pitcher A.J. Gaura hit third baseman Jeff Birkofer to start the frame then allowed a one-out walk to shortstop Blaine Tanner. Gaura would get the second out before allowing a RBI single to second baseman Tyler Bigler, ending Gaura’s outing.

Austin Peay turned to left-hander Alex Belew to faced Eagles left-handed hitting first baseman Kane Sweeney. Belew ended the game by striking out Sweeney for the first time in the game.

Gaura (3-1) picked up the win after allowing one run in 1.2 innings. Belew notched his first save. The Govs used seven pitchers in the contest after starter Jared Carkuff started but could not finish the third inning.

Third baseman Alex Robles went 3-for-5 with one RBI to lead the Govs 13-hit offense. Right fielder Rolando Gautier, Gleason and Smith each had two hits. Gautier and Gleason also had two RBI each.

Morehead State reliever Matt Ellenbest (1-1) was tagged for the loss after allowing two hits to the three batters he faced in the ninth, ultimately allowing two runs. The Eagles used six pitchers in the contest as starter Matt Anderson started but could not finish the fourth inning.

Bigler led the Eagles 12-hit offense with a 3-for-6, one RBI effort. Sweeney and Birkofer each had two hits.

Austin Peay and Morehead State, which won Friday’s series opener, will play the rubber game of their three-game OVC series with a 1:00pm (ET), Sunday contest.

Box Score

Austin Peay at Morehead State
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Morehead, KY | Allen Field

Austin Peay 9 (19-29,11-12 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
COPELAND, Garrett ss 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 6 0
BREDLAU, Cayce cf/lf 3 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 0
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 5 1 2 2 0 1 2 0 1
ROBLES, Alex 3b 5 2 3 1 0 1 3 4 3
HAMILTON, Chase pr/cf 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GLEASON, Dre 1b 5 0 2 2 0 1 7 0 0
SMITH, Ridge lf/3b 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0
TORRES, P.J. c 5 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0
WOLLENZIN, Matt dh 4 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 2
GRAY, Logan 2b 5 1 1 0 0 3 4 2 3
CARKUFF, Jared p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
COREY, Kevin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PRIMASING, Levi p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CORUM, Jake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WALTON, Zach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GAURA, A.J. p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BELEW, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 39 9 13 7 2 11 27 13 9


Morehead State 8 (24-22,12-11 OVC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
BIGLER, Tyler 2b 6 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 1
SWEENEY, Kane 1b 4 1 2 2 1 1 9 0 2
RAWE, Brandon rf 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0
ROBINSON, Chris lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
BURNS, Bobby dh 3 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 3
BIRKOFER, Jeff 3b 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 2
WRIGHT, Jimmy c 4 1 1 1 1 0 12 0 0
TANNER, Blaine ss 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 3
STRAHM, Cyrus pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KENT, Ryan cf 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
ANDERSON, Matt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
WRIGHT, Cable p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HYATT, Dan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SMALLWOOD, Noah p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ELLENBEST, Matt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PEARCY, Craig p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 8 12 7 7 4 27 10 12

 

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 401 101 002 -  9 13  2
Morehead State...... 041 011 001 -  8 12  4
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E – COPELAND, G.(15); ROBLES, A.(13); WRIGHT, J.; TANNER, B. 2; KENT, R.. DP – APSU 3; MOR 1. LOB – APSU 9; MOR 12. 2B – ROBLES, A.(10); GLEASON, D. 2(8); GRAY, L.(13). HR – WRIGHT, J.. HBP – COPELAND, G.; SWEENEY, K.; BIRKOFER, J.; KENT, R.. SH – BREDLAU, C.(10); ROBINSON, C.. SF – BREDLAU, C.(1). SB – COPELAND, G.(12); SMITH, R.(11); TORRES, P.(7); GRAY, L.(5). Reached on CI – WOLLENZIN, M.

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
CARKUFF, Jared 2.0 5 5 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 12 16 3 2 62
COREY, Kevin 3.0 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 12 1 5 29
PRIMASING, Levi 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
CORUM, Jake 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 1 2 20
WALTON, Zach 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 13
GAURA, A.J. W,3-1 1.2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 8 2 1 33
BELEW, Alex S,1 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5
Morehead State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
ANDERSON, Matt 3.0 7 6 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 17 19 1 4 79
WRIGHT, Cable 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 10
HYATT, Dan 3.2 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 14 15 3 3 54
SMALLWOOD, Noah 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 7
ELLENBEST, Matt L,1-1 0.1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 7
PEARCY, Craig 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 13

 

 

Win – GAURA, AJ (3-1). Loss – ELLENBEST, M (1-1). Save – BELEW, A. (1). HBP – by CARKUFF, J. (KENT, R.); by PRIMASING, L (SWEENEY, K.); by SMALLWOOD, N (COPELAND, G.); by GAURA, AJ (BIRKOFER, J.). PB – TORRES, P.(7); WRIGHT, J.. CI – WRIGHT, J..Inherited runners/scored: COREY, K. 2/1; CORUM, J. 1/1; BELEW, A. 2/0; WRIGHT, C. 2/1; HYATT, D. 1/0; PEARCY, C. 2/2.

Pitches/strikes: CARKUFF, J. 62/36; COREY, K. 29/18; PRIMASING, L 1/0; CORUM, J. 20/10; WALTON, Z. 13/10; GAURA, AJ 33/18; BELEW, A. 5/3; ANDERSON, M. 79/50; WRIGHT, C. 10/6; HYATT, D. 54/38; SMALLWOOD, N 7/5; ELLENBEST, M 7/7; PEARCY, C. 13/8.

Umpires - HP: Drew Ashcraft 1B: Jeremy Parker 3B: Justin McCulley

Start: 2:00 PM Time: 3:33

Attendance: 564

CARKUFF, J. faced 2 batters in the 3rd.

ANDERSON, M. faced 2 batters in the 4th.

PRIMASING, L faced 1 batter in the 6th.

 


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