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Dobbs stymies Golden Eagles, leads Govs to win

APSU Men’s Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsJackson, TN – Starter Jeremy Dobbs allowed one run over eight-plus innings and led Austin Peay State University’s baseball team to a 2-1 victory against Tennessee Tech, Thursday night, in Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship action at Pringles Park.

After working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, Dobbs (9-2) got rolling in the second. He surrendered a leadoff walk in the second but wiped it out immediately as the Golden Eagles attempted to sacrifice the runner over but Dobbs jumped on the ball and started a double play that included a beautiful turn by shortstop Reed Harper.

APSU Men's Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)
APSU Men's Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

That double play started a stretch where Dobbs retired 13 consecutive batters before allowing a walk in the sixth. He surrendered just one hit through the first six frames.

Tennessee Tech (25-28) finally touched Dobbs for back-to-back doubles in the seventh, first baseman Zach Stephens breaking up the shutout bid with his RBI double. The Golden Eagles moved the runner over with a sacrifice hit then attempted to score the run on a squeeze bunt. However, third baseman Devin Rivers bunt was pounced on by Dobbs who shoveled the ball to catcher Matt Wollenzin who applied the tag for the second out. Dobbs got out of the inning with a ground out holding a 2-1 lead.

Jeremy DobbsDobbs tossed a three-up, three-down eighth and came out to start the ninth. However, he surrendered a leadoff single to center fielder Chad Oberacker – the final batter he faced. Closer Ryne Harper entered the game and retired all three batters he faced, including back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Dobbs notched his ninth victory after allowing one run on four hits over a career-long eight-plus innings while striking out five. Harper picked up his season’s eighth save.

Offensively, Austin Peay (31-22) scored in the third and fourth innings. Center fielder Michael Blanchard led off the third with a double down the left field line then advanced to third on a passed ball. First baseman John Hogan brought the run home on a ground out.

Tyler ChildressIn the fourth, second baseman Jordan Hankins was hit by a pitch with one out. Left fielder Tyler Childress doubled into the left center gap, allowing Hankins to score from first, giving the Govs a 2-0 lead.

However, the Govs had plenty of opportunities to add to their lead, stranding 11 runners on base with at least one runner left on base in each of the first seven innings. Austin Peay finished with six hits, Blanchard leading the effort with two hits.

Tennessee Tech was limited to four hits, one each by the two through five hitters in its lineup.

Austin Peay advances in the OVC Tournament’s winner’s bracket and will face No.3 seed Jacksonville State in a 7:00pm, Friday contest. The Gamecocks sent No. 2 Southeast Missouri into the loser’s bracket with an 8-2 victory in the day’s second game.

Box Score

Austin Peay Sports Information

Tennessee Tech vs Austin Peay

May 26th, 2011 at Jackson, TN (Pringles Park)

Tennessee Tech 1 (25-28)
Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
WULF, Austin lf 
BEECH, Frankie 2b 
DONALDSON, Casanova rf 
STEPHENS, Zach 1b 
   GUYEAR, Zephan pr/1b 
FRAZIER, Evan dh 
   POWERS, Trice ph 
   SHERFIELD, Tevis ph 
RIVERS, Devin 3b 
HAYES, Chad ss 
SHEPHERD, Matthew p 
   PRICE, Nick p 
Totals  29  24  10 
Austin Peay 2 (31-22)
Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 
HOGAN, John 1b  12 
HARPER, Reed ss 
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 
CHILDRESS, Tyler lf 
HUDSON, Cody dh 
DOBBS, Jeremy p 
   HARPER, Ryne p 
Totals  28  27  13  11 

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