APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball
Columbus, OH – Following his team’s Friday loss Austin Peay State University head baseball coach Gary McClure emphasized the need for his team to do the little things if they wanted to win. The Govs did all the little things right in a five-run 10th inning that catapulted them to a 7-2 victory against Ohio State, Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.Austin Peay (10-8) started the 10th with a fortuitous bounce as left fielder Cody Hudson’s single up the middle bounced off the pitcher’s shoes, allowing him to reach safely. He moved into scoring position quickly, stealing second base. Designated hitter Jon Clinard followed with a single to shallow left field – his first hit of the contest – to put the Govs ahead, 3-2.
The Govs were just getting started as seven more batters came to the plate in the inning. Shortstop Reed Harper and catcher P.J. Torres each had RBI singles. Right fielder Rolando Gautier batted in a run with a fielder’s choice that led to the Govs seventh run when OSU committed an error.
That rally seemed to suck the air out of Ohio State’s (9-7) sails as they mustered just one hit in the 11th. It was the capstone of reliever Mike Hebert’s (3-0) winning outing that lasted 2.2 scoreless innings.
The early part of the game was a pitcher’s duel between APSU starter Zach Toney and OSU starter Brian King. Both pitchers threw four scoreless innings, each facing just two more batters than the minimum at that point.
However, each team scored in the fourth inning. Austin Peay plated its run after Gautier doubled with one out and scored on Hudson’s two-out single. Ohio State leveled the score with first baseman Brad Hutton’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the frame.
Ohio State took the lead in the fifth with a two-out rally that saw Toney allow three consecutive batters to reach safely, including third baseman Brad Hallberg’s RBI single. Toney would halt the rally with an inning-ending fly out, stranding two men on base.
Toney, who suffered through his worst career start one week ago, was stellar in Saturday’s outing. He allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out eight batters over 7.1 innings.
King matched Toney’s outing, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings. Reliever Greg Greve (0-2) was tagged for the loss after allowing four runs at the end of an outing that lasted 2.1 innings.
Austin Peay’s offense rapped out 10 hits, led by two hit outings by Harper, Gautier and Hudson. Six different Govs were credited with a RBI.
Ohio State finished with seven hits off Toney and Hebert, Hallberg recording their only multi-hit outing, finishing 2-for-5.
Austin Peay and Ohio State complete their three-game series with a 12:05pm (CDT) Sunday contest. The Govs will turn to senior right-hander Lucas Anderson (2-0, 2.70 ERA) while the Buckeyes will start junior right-hander Brett McKinney (2-2, 5.32 ERA).
Box Score – Game 2
Austin Peay at Ohio State
March 17th, 2012 at Columbus, OH (Bill Davis Stadium)
|CLINARD, Jon dh||5||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|BLANCHARD, Michael cf||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||2|
|BACHMAN, Greg 3b||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||3||0|
|HANKINS, Jordan 2b||3||1||0||0||2||0||1||3||0|
|HARPER, Reed ss||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|TORRES, P.J. c||5||0||1||1||0||3||9||1||0|
|GAUTIER, Rolando rf||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|CHILDRESS, Tyler 1b||2||0||1||0||0||1||5||0||0|
|WOLLENZIN, Matt ph/1b||3||0||1||1||0||0||7||0||3|
|HUDSON, Cody lf||3||1||2||1||0||0||2||0||2|
|RINER, Dylan lf||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|TONEY, Zach p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|HEBERT, Mike p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Wetzel, Tim cf||3||0||1||0||1||0||5||0||0|
|Solomon, Greg c/3b||5||0||0||0||0||3||6||1||4|
|Cypret, Ryan 2b||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||4||0|
|Dezse, Josh dh||3||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Hallberg, Brad 3b/1b||5||0||2||1||0||1||1||1||2|
|Hutton, Brad 1b||3||1||1||1||0||1||4||1||2|
|Gretz, Aaron ph/c||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Ciamacco, Joe lf||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Corna, David rf||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||0||0|
|Porter, Patrick ph/rf||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Pellant, Kirby ss||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||1||0|
|King, Brian p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Armstong, Andrew p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fathalikhani, David p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Greve, Greg p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Dempsey, Trace p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E --------------------------------------------- Austin Peay......... 000 010 100 5 - 7 10 1 Ohio State.......... 000 011 000 0 - 2 7 3 ---------------------------------------------
|E – WOLLENZIN, M(1); Hallberg(3); Pellant(4); Greve(1). DP – OSU 1. LOB – APSU 7; OSU 10. 2B – HARPER, Re.(2); GAUTIER, R.(4); Pellant(3). HR – Hutton, Br.(1). HBP – GAUTIER, R.; HUDSON, C.; Wetzel. SH – BLANCHARD, M(3). SB – BACHMAN, G.(1); GAUTIER, R.(4); HUDSON, C.(3); Corna(2). CS – HARPER, Re.(1); HUDSON, C.(3); Wetzel(2).|
|HEBERT, Mike W,3-0||2.2||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||10||11||2||5||39|
|Greve, Greg L,0-2||2.1||3||4||4||2||1||0||0||0||1||10||13||4||2||41|
| Win – HEBERT, M. (3-0). Loss – Greve (0-2). Save – None. HBP – by King (HUDSON, C.); by Armstrong (GAUTIER, R.); by TONEY, Z. (Wetzel). Inherited runners/scored: HEBERT, M. 1/0; Armstrong 1/0; Fathalikhani 2/1; Dempsey 3/3. Pitches/strikes: TONEY, Z. 116/73; HEBERT, M. 39/25; King 84/57; Armstrong 1/0; Fathalikhani 10/6; Greve 41/25; Dempsey 13/6. Umpires – HP: Gary Rosplohowski 1B: Jeff Kechler 3B: Dorsey Hager Start: 3:05pm Time: 2:51 Attendance: 844
Armstrong faced 1 batter in the 7th.