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Belew, Toney shut down Crusaders as Govs complete series sweep

APSU Men’s Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Pitchers Alex Belew and Zach Toney combined for a four-hit performance as Austin Peay posted a 7-3 victory against Valparaiso, Sunday afternoon, at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Govs completed the three-game series sweep of the Crusaders.

Belew got off to a rough start, allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base. Each of those three would score as Valparaiso (0-3) sent eight men to the plate in the opening inning and took a 3-0 lead.

APSU Men's Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)
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However, Belew allowed just two base runners over the next four innings. A walk surrendered in the third was wiped out in an inning-ending double play. Two innings later Belew surrendered a single, but ended the frame with back-to-back strikeouts.

Toney took over in the sixth and ran the strikeout streak to six as he struck out the first four batters he faced.  He ultimately did not allow a baserunner, retiring all 12 batters he faced – part of a game-ending stretch of 14 consecutive batters retired.

Alex BelewBelew (1-0) picked up the victory after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out five. Toney picked up the Govs’ first save with four scoreless innings while striking out seven.

Those eight scoreless innings after the first provided more than enough time for Austin Peay’s (3-0) offense to get started. The Govs scored a run in the second and then scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and a final run in the eighth.

Designated hitter Rolando Gautier had a big hand in the offense, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI. He scored APSU’s first run after leading off the second with a double and scoring on center fielder Michael Blanchard’s sacrifice fly.

Zach ToneyGautier batted in a run in the fourth with a triple that bounded into the outfield. He would score on catcher P.J. Torres single up the middle, as the Govs tied the game. Gautier then gave Austin Peay the lead in the fifth when his ground out to shortstop allowed first baseman John Hogan to scamper home.

Eight of the Govs starting nine recorded a hit in the 10-hit affair and five different players finished the day with at least one RBI.

Valparaiso’s Tyler Deetjen (0-1) was tagged for the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. Center fielder Chris Manning had the Crusaders only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4.

Austin Peay returns to action with a 3:00pm, Friday contest against Illinois State in the first game of the Riverview Inn Invitational which also will include Milwaukee.

Box Scores

Valparaiso at Austin Peay

February 20th, 2011 at Clarksville, TN (Raymond C. Hand Park)


Valparaiso 3 (0-3)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
MANNING, Chris cf 
MARTIN, Bobby ss 
GAEDELE, Kyle rf 
O’GARA, Ryan 1b 
ROBINSON, Robbie dh 
SCOBY, Steven lf 
THIBAULT, Corey c 
BAIN, Andrew 2b 
MORMAN, Michael 3b 
DEETJEN, Tyler p 
   FRANE, Justin p 
   UPP, Kevin p 
Totals  30  12  24 

Austin Peay 7 (3-0)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
CLINARD, Jon rf 
HUDSON, Cody lf 
   FINK, Haskell ph 
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 
HOGAN, John 1b  10 
HARPER, Reed ss 
GAUTIER, Rolando dh/lf 
TORRES, P.J. c  12 
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 
BELEW, Alex p 
   TONEY, Zach p 
Totals  35  10  27  10 
Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Valparaiso.......... 300 000 000 -  3  4  3
Austin Peay......... 010 212 01X -  7 10  0

E – MARTIN 2(2); THIBAULT(1). DP – Austin Peay 1. LOB – Valpo 3; Austin Peay
9. 2B – GAEDELE(1); BACHMAN, G.(1); HOGAN, J.(1); GAUTIER, R.(3). 3B –
Valparaiso   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go 
DEETJEN, Tyler L,0-1  5.0  22  26 
FRANE, Justin   2.0 
UPP, Kevin   1.0 
Austin Peay   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go 
BELEW, Alex W,1-0  5.0  18  21 
TONEY, Zach S,1  4.0  12  12 
Win – BELEW, A. (1-0). Loss – DEETJEN (0-1). Save – TONEY, Z. (1).
WP – UPP(1). HBP – by BELEW, A. (THIBAULT); by DEETJEN (HANKINS, J.).Umpires – HP: Andrew Norwood 1B: Scott Inman 3B: Corey SimpsonStart: 12:02 PM Time: 2:36 Attendance: 473

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