Topic: Major League Baseball
Nashville, TN – Joey Wendle raced home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Nashville Sounds a thrilling 5-4 win over the Round Rock Express in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,119 fans at First Tennessee Park Friday night.
With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the tenth, Colin Walsh ripped a one-out double to the right-center gap to put a runner in scoring position. Walsh was hurt on the play rounding second and was replaced by pinch-runner Joey Wendle.
Clarksville, TN – This past week in New York City, Major League Baseball held its annual amateur draft with four Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players having their names called, bring the all-time total to 40 players selected in the draft from APSU since the first Gov was drafted in 1972.
Juniors Ridge Smith (catcher), Logan Gray (third base), Garrett Copeland (second base) and senior pitcher Jared Carkuff were chosen in the 12th, 13th, 30th and 35th rounds, respectively, marking the second time Austin Peay had has as many as four players drafted at one time – and trailing only the 2013 MLB draft were the Govs had five players picked.
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New York, NY – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team saw a quartet of student-athletes drafted in the third day of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
Junior catcher Ridge Smith was the first Governors player to be drafted, hearing his named called in the 12th round (372nd pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays. Junior third baseman/outfielder Logan Gray went next with his hometown Kansas City Royals nabbing him in the 13th round (403rd pick).
Oklahoma City, OK – The Nashville Sounds used a 4-1 win in game two of a doubleheader to earn a split with the Oklahoma City Dodgers Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Four relievers combined to limit Oklahoma City to just one run on four hits in the game two win. Eduard Santos made a spot start and worked three innings before R.J. Alvarez, Andrew Triggs and Patrick Schuster finished the job.
O’Koyea Dickson’s solo homer in the second got the Dodgers on the board first, but the lead didn’t last long. Rangel Ravelo started the third with a single and came around to score on a Jaycob Brugman’s sacrifice fly to even the game at 1-1.
ZOOperstars!, Noon Bash in Nash and Fireworks Friday Highlight Week at First Tennessee Park
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club begins a four-game homestand on Tuesday, May 31st when they welcome the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Round Rock Express, to First Tennessee Park.
Going into play today, the Sounds hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Express for first place in the American South Division.
Below is a preview for each game of the homestand:
Nashville Sounds 12 Hits is Most Since April 21st at Colorado Springs
Des Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds used two big innings to score a series-opening 8-5 win over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park Tuesday night.
Trailing 3-0, Nashville exploded for five runs in the fourth inning, and then another three runs in the sixth.
Max Muncy started the scoring for the Sounds with a bang when he launched a solo homer off Iowa starter Stephen Perakslis to start the fourth.
The right-handed Parakslis turned around and retired the next two batters, but then allowed the next four Sounds to reach and ultimately score.
Cubs Score Three Runs in the Eighth to Grab Series Win
Nashville, TN – The Iowa Cubs scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning on their way to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 5,857 fans at First Tennessee Park Thursday night.
In a 1-1 game, Kristopher Negron led off the eighth with a triple to the right-center gap off of Nashville reliever J.B. Wendelken. Moments later, Munenori Kawasaki singled to right to score Negron and give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.
Wendelken came back to strike out John Andreoli for the second out, but then allowed a run-scoring triple to Albert Almora Jr. On the next pitch, Wendelken uncorked a wild pitch to allow Almora to score and make it 4-1.
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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay was fortunate things didn’t work out for Rowdy Hardy at his first college baseball stop
After one redshirt year at Ole Miss, Hardy elected to transfer to Jackson State Community College, where he pitched for former Gov Steve Cornelison and led the conference in innings pitched.
At that point, Austin Peay set its sights on the durable hurler— then-APSU head coach Gary McClure always had a penchant for lefties. But not even McClure could not have envisioned what the 6-2 slender slinger was going to accomplish during the next three seasons and in the process earn the distinction of becoming a member of APSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
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A.J. Gaura becomes Volunteer Assistant
In addition, Janssen announced former Govs pitcher A.J. Gaura will move into the team’s volunteer coach position for the upcoming season.
Protective Netting Installed In Compliance With MLB Recommendations
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds, in accordance with recommendations issued by Major League Baseball, have extended the protective netting behind home plate to cover the seating area behind both dugouts at First Tennessee Park for the 2016 season.
First Tennessee Park has been outfitted with new protective nets – at the same height as the already-existing backstop behind home plate — that run the length of each dugout.
“Based on the proximity of our Premium seats to the playing field, the reaction time to a foul ball directly behind the dugouts is almost non-existent, and fan safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Garry Arthur, Sounds COO & General Manager.
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