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APSU Governors Baseball gets 10-4 win against Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles to secure back-to-back OVC crowns

 

APSU Sport: Austin Peay Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCookeville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team secured its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship with a 10-4 victory against Tennessee Tech, Saturday afternoon at Bush Stadium.

Austin Peay (34-21, 19-7 OVC) claimed a share of the 2012 OVC regular-season crown, repeating after winning the 2011 title outright. The Govs shared the regular-season title with Eastern Kentucky, but will enter next week’s OVC Baseball Championship as the No. 1 seed as it won the regular-season series between the two teams.

Third baseman Greg Bachman had four hits and four RBI in the Govs OVC-clinching win at Tennessee Tech, Saturday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Third baseman Greg Bachman had four hits and four RBI in the Govs OVC-clinching win at Tennessee Tech, Saturday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

The Govs scored the first nine runs in Saturday’s regular-season finale, drawing all of the drama out of the contest. A three-run first inning was punctuated by shortstop Reed Harper’s RBI single and third baseman Greg Bachman’s RBI double.

However, it was a six-run third inning that broke the game open. Bachman blasted his season’s 15th home run to left center, scoring three runs and giving a 6-0 lead. Three batters later, first baseman Tyler Childress added a two-run home run to left field, pushing the Govs advantage to 9-0.

Andy CoxTennessee Tech (21-32, 10-16 OVC) used an Austin Peay error in the third to score its first run. The Golden Eagles threatened in the fifth inning, loading the bases with two outs against Govs starter Andy Cox. TTU would score a run on an infield single, but shortstop Reed Harper’s sliding play saved a run by keeping the ball out of the outfield. Cox worked out of the threat by inducing a line drive that was caught by Childress.

The Golden Eagles led off the sixth with a single and a walk, ending Cox’ outing. Reliever Mike Hebert allowed those two runners to score – sandwiching a pair of singles between a fly out and a sacrifice fly. But Hebert would avoid further damage by inducing a fly out to end the inning with APSU leading 10-4.

Ryan QuickAustin Peay’s bullpen settled in from there as Ryan Quick threw a scoreless seventh and Zane Leffew bounced back from a rough Friday outing, tossing a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Bachman led the Govs with a 4-for-4, four RBI outing that included two doubles and a home run. Childress added a 2-for-4, two RBI effort while designated hitter Jon Clinard and Harper each had one RBI.

Cox (5-1) won his second straight OVC start, holding the Golden Eagles to four runs despite an uneven outing that saw him surrender five hits and five walks over five-plus innings.

Tennessee Tech starter David Hess (3-7) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs over 2.1 innings. Shortstop Chad Hayes led the Golden Eagles offense with a 2-for-3, RBI outing.

Austin Peay returns to action at the 2012 OVC Baseball Championship with a 7:00pm, Thursday contest at Pringles Park in Jackson, TN.

Notes

Greg BachmanBachman finished the regular season with an OVC leading 60 RBI while Hankins finished with 57 RBI and ranked third in the league. Left fielder Cody Hudson had a league-leading 21 stolen bases at regular-season’s end.

Childress’ home run extended his streak to 23 games reaching base safely. The regular-season title was Austin Peay’s eighth all-time and fifth since 2000.

OVC Baseball Standings

Team OVC Overall
Austin Peay 19-7 34-21
Eastern Kentucky 19-7 31-21
Jacksonville State 17-10 26-28
Eastern Illinois 15-11 26-27
Morehead State 13-14 28-25
SIUE 13-14 27-28
Southeast Missouri State 12-15 21-34
Tennessee Tech 10-16 21-32
Murray State 8-19 23-33
UT Martin 7-20 13-41

Box Score

Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech
May 19th, 2012 at Cookeville, TN (Bush Stadium)


Austin Peay 10 (34-21,19-7 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
BLANCHARD, Michael cf 5 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 1
CLINARD, Jon dh 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 4 2 1 0 1 0 2 5 1
HARPER, Reed ss 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 0
BACHMAN, Greg 3b 4 1 4 4 0 0 1 4 0
HUDSON, Cody lf 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
ATWELL, Austin ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
RINER, Dylan lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TORRES, P.J. c 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 0 3
CHILDRESS, Tyler 1b 4 2 2 2 0 1 10 1 1
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
COX, Andy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HEBERT, Mike p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
QUICK, Ryan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LEFFEW, Zane p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 36 10 11 8 3 7 27 12 7
 
Tennessee Tech 4 (21-32,10-16 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Austin Wulf cf 5 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0
James Abraham lf 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
Zach Stephens 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 7 1 2
Ben Burgess dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Morris 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3
Dylan Bosheers 2b 3 1 2 0 1 0 2 3 0
Zephan Guyear rf 3 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 3
Jordan Hopkins c 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
Chad Hayes ss 3 2 2 1 1 0 2 5 0
David Hess p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Price p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cullen Park p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 4 7 3 5 5 27 10 8
Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 306 010 000 - 10 11  1
Tennessee Tech...... 001 012 000 -  4  7  3
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E – CHILDRESS, T(5); HOPKINS 2(3); HAYES(11). DP – APSU 1; TTU 2. LOB – APSU 7; TTU 8. 2B – BLANCHARD, M(10); BACHMAN, G. 2(11). HR – BACHMAN, G.(15); CHILDRESS, T(9). HBP – CLINARD, J.; BACHMAN, G.; HUDSON, C.; CHILDRESS, T; STEPHENS. SH – HARPER, Re.(2). SF – ABRAHAM(2). SB – HUDSON, C. 2(21).

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
COX, Andy W,5-1 5.0 5 4 3 5 2 1 0 1 0 19 25 5 7 100
HEBERT, Mike 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 3 0 15
QUICK, Ryan 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 14
LEFFEW, Zane 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 4 23
 
Tennessee Tech ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
David Hess L,3-7 2.1 4 7 7 2 2 1 0 2 0 10 15 3 2 50
Nick Price 2.2 6 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 14 15 5 3 58
Cullen Park 4.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 12 14 2 3 55

 

Win – COX, A. (5-1). Loss – HESS (3-7). Save – None. WP – COX, A.(2); HESS(6); PRICE 2(8). HBP – by HESS (CLINARD, J.); by HESS (HUDSON, C.); by COX, A. (STEPHENS); by PARK (BACHMAN, G.); by PARK (CHILDRESS, T). Inherited runners/scored: HEBERT, M. 2/2; PRICE 1/1. Pitches/strikes: COX, A. 100/53; HEBERT, M. 15/12; QUICK, R. 14/9; LEFFEW, Z. 23/18; HESS 50/29; PRICE 58/36; PARK 55/34. Umpires – HP: Jeremy Parker 1B: Chuck Pack 3B: Mike Phillips
Start: 1:02pm Time: 3:02 Attendance: 185
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81, Wind Calm
COX, A. faced 2 batters in the 6th.

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