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Austin Peay Governors Baseball battles back to tie the Eastern Illinois Panthers in game suspended due to darkness

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCharleston, IL – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team survived an early long ball barrage and tied the game in the ninth, but will have to wait until tomorrow to see if its efforts will result in a win. The Govs’ saw their Ohio Valley Conference series opener against Eastern Illinois suspended due to darkness with the game tied 7-7 after 12 innings, Friday night at Coaches Stadium.

Catcher P.J. Torres tied Friday's suspended game twice, including a two-run ninth inning double. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Catcher P.J. Torres tied Friday's suspended game twice, including a two-run ninth inning double. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

The suspended game will be continued at noon, tomorrow before the two teams complete the series with a seven-inning contest that will follow.

Austin Peay did not lead through the first 12 innings, coming from behind three times to tie the game. Catcher P.J. Torres forced the last of those ties with his two-run double in the ninth that helped force extra-innings with the game tied, 7-7.

P.J. TorresEastern Illinois jumped out on top with third baseman Brant Valach’s three-run home run in the second. The Panthers added two more runs on first baseman T.J. McManus’ home run in the third.

The Govs battled back from the first home run by taking advantage of an EIU error in the third. Right fielder Rolando Gautier reached second on that error and, with two outs, Austin Peay rattled off four consecutive singles. Left fielder Cody Hudson, second baseman Jordan Hankins and shortstop Reed Harper each had RBI hits to tie the game.

Reed HarperAfter surrendering the second home run, Austin Peay scored a run in the fourth and tied the game on Torres’ RBI double in the fifth.

Eastern Illinois again broke the tie in its half of the fifth, using a Govs error and right fielder Cameron Berra’s RBI single to take a 6-5 lead. The Panthers pushed the lead to two runs in the seventh on center fielder Nick Priessman’s leadoff home run.

Austin Peay starter Ryan Quick suffered through his roughest outing, surrendering the three home runs over 6.2 innings. He allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out only four in his outing.

Reliever Mike Hebert finished the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth. Closer Tyler Rogers entered the game in the ninth and threw four scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and wrapped up the 12th before darkness fell.

Eastern Illinois starter Mike Hoekstra surrendered five runs on 10 hits over six innings. Reliever Darin Worman surrendered the game-tying double before leaving after 2.2 innings of work. Adam Clark finished the ninth worked each of three extra innings, including working out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the 12th.

Box Score – Through 12 Innings

Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois
April 6th, 2012 at Charleston, IL (Coaches Stadium)

Austin Peay 7
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
CLINARD, Jon dh 7 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 4
HUDSON, Cody lf 6 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 6 2 2 0 0 1 2 6 3
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 6 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 1
HARPER, Reed ss 6 2 4 1 0 0 4 2 0
TORRES, P.J. c 6 0 2 3 0 1 8 1 2
WOLLENZIN, Matt 1b 3 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0
CHILDRESS, Tyler 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 1
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
CARLSON, Brett ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
RINER, Dylan rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ATWELL, Austin ph/rf 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 5 0 2 0 1 2 5 0 0
QUICK, Ryan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
HEBERT, Mike p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ROGERS, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Totals 52 7 15 7 3 12 36 15 12
 
Eastern Illinois 7
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
DINEEN, Ryan ss 5 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1
BERRA, Cameron rf 3 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0
HOWELL, Caleb ph/rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
CIAGLIA, David lf 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0
MCMANUS, T.J. 1b 3 2 1 2 3 0 5 1 0
REESE, Jacob c 6 1 1 0 0 1 13 0 3
VALACH, Brant 3b 6 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2
THOMA, Ben dh 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
PRIESSMAN, Nick cf 5 1 3 1 0 0 5 0 0
SOPENA, Nathan 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 6 1
HOEKSTRA, Mike p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WORMAN, Darin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLARK, Adam p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 44 7 9 7 5 8 36 9 8
Score by Innings                        R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 003 110 002 000 -  7 15  3
Eastern Illinois.... 032 010 100 000 -  7  9  2
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E – BACHMAN, G.; HARPER, Re. 2; CIAGLIA; SOPENA. DP – APSU 1. LOB – APSU 12; EIU 8. 2B – HARPER, Re.; TORRES, P. 2; REESE. HR – MCMANUS; VALACH; PRIESSMAN. SH – CIAGLIA; SOPENA. SB – DINEEN; PRIESSMAN. CS – HARPER, Re.; SOPENA.
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
QUICK, Ryan 6.2 7 7 6 3 4 1 0 0 0 26 29 7 7 116
HEBERT, Mike 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 6 7 1 1 24
ROGERS, Tyler 4.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 12 15 5 5 60
 
Eastern Illinois ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HOEKSTRA, Mike 6.0 10 5 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 29 30 7 4 125
WORMAN, Darin 2.2 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 12 3 3 32
CLARK, Adam 3.1 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 11 13 6 0 53

 

Win – None. Loss – None. Save – None. WP – QUICK, R.. Inherited runners/scored: HEBERT, M. 1/0; CLARK 1/0. Pitches/strikes: QUICK, R. 116/71; HEBERT, M. 24/14; ROGERS, T. 60/37; HOEKSTRA 125/86; WORMAN 32/24; CLARK 53/30. Umpires – HP: Scott Kennedy 1B: David Thomas 3B: Nathan Huber
Start: 3:01pm Time: Attendance:
Game notes: GAME SUSPENDED after the 12th inning (7:06pm)

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