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Govs win 2011 OVC Baseball Championship

APSU Men’s Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsJackson, TN – Austin Peay’s baseball team claimed the 2011 OVC Baseball Championship with a 7-3 victory against Jacksonville State, Saturday afternoon, at Pringles Park.

OVC Baseball Championship 2011

Austin Peay (33-22) got another strong effort from its pitching staff with starter Zach Toney and reliever Mike Hebert combining to limit the Gamecocks to three runs on nine hits. Toney (6-2) went the opening 6.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four for the win. Hebert notched his season’s second save with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

The Govs offense also picked up its effort in the championship game, recording 11 hits. First baseman John Hogan finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning that insured the victory. Right fielder Rolando Gautier, center fielder Michael Blanchard each added two hits.

Six Governors were named to the all-tournament squad:

  • John Hogan
  • Michael Blanchard
  • Cody Hudson
  • Jeremy Dobbs
  • Ryne Harper
  • Jack Snodgrass (MVP)

Jack SnodgrassSnodgrass was named the tournament’s “Most Valuable Player” after his career-best 11-strikeout performance in Friday’s contest.

Austin Peay now awaits word on its destination in the upcoming NCAA Baseball Championship. The entire field of 64 teams will be revealed at 12:30pm, Monday, on ESPN.

Box Score

Austin Peay Sports Information

Jacksonville St. vs Austin Peay

May 28th, 2011 at Jackson, TN (Pringles Park)

 Jacksonville St. 3 (36-23)
Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Coty Blanchard 3b 
Jake Sharrock lf 
Sam Eberle c 
Kyle Bluestein rf 
Matt McLaughlin 1b 
   Erik Underwood ph/1b 
   Stephen Bartlett 1b 
Ben Waldrip dh 
Blake Seguin 2b 
Andrew Bishop ss 
Michael Bishop cf 
Hunter Rivers p 
   Chase Smith p 
   Cody Ponder p 
   Ben Haynes p 
Totals  34  24  11 
 Austin Peay 7 (33-22)
Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 
HOGAN, John 1b 
HARPER, Reed ss 
   CLINARD, Jon ph 
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 
HUDSON, Cody lf 
   FRAZIER, Blake lf 
TONEY, Zach p 
   HEBERT, Mike p 
Totals  34  11  27  10 


E – BLANCHARD,Co 3(23). DP – JSU 2; APSU 1. LOB – JSU 8; APSU 9. 2B – McLAUGHLIN(1); HOGAN, J.(11). 3B – BLUESTEIN,Ky(4); GAUTIER, R.(4); BLANCHARD, M(5). HR – HOGAN, J.(13). SF – WALDRIP,Ben(2); BACHMAN, G.(4). SB – BLANCHARD, M 2(28); HUDSON, C.(18).


Jacksonville State   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hunter Rivers L,8-3  4.0  18  21  72 
Chase Smith   1.2  30 
Cody Ponder   1.2  22 
Ben Haynes   0.2 
Austin Peay   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
TONEY, Zach W,6-2  6.2  26  30  10  109 
HEBERT, Mike S,2  2.1  33 


Win – TONEY, Z. (6-2). Loss – RIVERS,Hunte (8-3). Save – HEBERT, M. (2). WP – SMITH,Chase 2(7). Inherited runners/scored: SMITH,Chase 1/1; PONDER,Cody 1/1; HAYNES,Ben 1/1; HEBERT, M. 2/0. Pitches/strikes: RIVERS,Hunte 72/40; SMITH,Chase 30/15; PONDER,Cody 22/15; HAYNES,Ben 8/6; TONEY, Z. 109/60; HEBERT, M. 33/23.

Umpires – HP: Owen Butts 1B: Jeff Wright 2B: Bill Bonney 3B: Rickey Armstrong

Start: 4:50 pm Time: 2:59 Attendance: 594

Weather: 88, Clear, Wind S10G25 Game notes: 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship – Game 10 Championship Game

RIVERS,Hunte faced 2 batters in the 5th.


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