APSU Men’s Baseball
Clarksville, 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.
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.
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.
Gautier 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.
Valparaiso at Austin Peay
February 20th, 2011 at Clarksville, TN (Raymond C. Hand Park)
Valparaiso 3 (0-3)
|MANNING, Chris cf||4||1||2||0||0||1||3||0||0|
|MARTIN, Bobby ss||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||1||0|
|GAEDELE, Kyle rf||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||0||1|
|O’GARA, Ryan 1b||3||0||0||1||1||2||5||1||0|
|ROBINSON, Robbie dh||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|SCOBY, Steven lf||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||0||0|
|THIBAULT, Corey c||2||0||0||0||0||2||9||0||0|
|BAIN, Andrew 2b||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||2||2|
|MORMAN, Michael 3b||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|DEETJEN, Tyler p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|FRANE, Justin p||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|UPP, Kevin p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Austin Peay 7 (3-0)
|CLINARD, Jon rf||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||0|
|HUDSON, Cody lf||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||0||0|
|FINK, Haskell ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|HANKINS, Jordan 2b||3||0||1||2||1||1||0||4||0|
|BACHMAN, Greg 3b||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||3||4|
|HOGAN, John 1b||4||1||1||0||0||2||10||0||2|
|HARPER, Reed ss||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||2||3|
|GAUTIER, Rolando dh/lf||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|TORRES, P.J. c||4||0||1||1||0||1||12||0||0|
|BLANCHARD, Michael cf||2||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|BELEW, Alex p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|TONEY, Zach p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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 –
GAUTIER, R.(1). HBP – THIBAULT; HANKINS, J.. SF – BLANCHARD, M(1). SB –
MANNING(2); SCOBY(1); THIBAULT(1); CLINARD, J.(2); BLANCHARD, M(1).
|DEETJEN, Tyler L,0-1||5.0||7||4||4||2||5||0||0||1||0||22||26||6||4|
|BELEW, Alex W,1-0||5.0||4||3||3||2||5||0||0||1||0||18||21||4||5|
|TONEY, Zach S,1||4.0||0||0||0||0||7||0||0||0||0||12||12||1||4|
|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
Weather: 68, Mostly Sunny, Wind S14