APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay wraps up the first half of the 2013 campaign when it hosts Lipscomb in a 6:00pm, Tuesday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Govs then start the season’s second half when they meet Western Kentucky in a 6:00pm, Wednesday contest in Bowling Green, KY.
Austin Peay bounced back from its first back-to-back losses in 2013 with its first three-game sweep at Murray State since 1992 and ended the weekend second in the OVC race.
Lipscomb will wrap up a five-game road trip that has seen it go 1-3 against two nationally-ranked teams.
Western Kentucky remained atop the Sun Belt Conference standings with its series victory against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend and will be concluding a six-game home stand.
Lipscomb is 4-7 since it last met Austin Peay but took a game off nationally-ranked Florida-Gulf Coast last weekend in Atlantic Sun action. Senior shortstop Aaron Sandoval leads the Bisons with a .318 batting average. Senior outfielder Zach Lowery is Lipscomb’s leader in home runs (5) and RBI (17). Redshirt junior Jacob Knott will make his season’s 7th start and brings a 1-3 record and 5.12 ERA into Tuesday’s outing with 25 walks and 28 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.
Austin Peay won the 1st meeting with Lipscomb, 3-1, March 13th. The Govs have won the last 9 meetings in the series. APSU owns a 21-15-1 edge and has won 5 consecutive games at home. The overall series is slightly in APSU’s favor, 63-62-1.
Western Kentucky posted a 9-3 record in the last 16 days of March, including Sun Belt Conference series wins against Middle Tennessee, FIU and Louisiana-Lafayette. Senior catcher Ryan Huck is WKU’s leader in all three triple crown categories: batting average (.361), home runs (9) and RBI (28). Junior Jake Thompson will make his season’s second start, one week after picking up the win in a start against Evansville.
Austin Peay won the 1st meeting with Western Kentucky, 7-6, March 6th. The win ended a WKU 6-game win streak in the series. The Hilltoppers have won 3 straight at home against the Govs and own a 89-59-1 advantage in the series.
Austin Peay has jumped out of the gates to a 22-5 mark entering the season’s seventh weekend. It is the best 27-game mark in program history. Looking ahead, the Govs best 29-game mark is 21-8 by the 1971 squad.
Austin Peay fell one spot in CollegeBaseballDaily.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll and was ranked No. 6 in the poll’s April 1st edition. Indiana took over the poll’s top spot followed by No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 San Diego, No. 4 Missouri State and No. 5 Florida Atlantic. The Mid-Major Poll includes all baseball conferences except the ACC, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Pac 12 and the SEC.
|Austin Peay Starter
|LHP Zach Hall (Jr., 2-1, 7.09 ERA)
RHP Jacob Knott (RJr., 1-3, 5.12 ERA)
|RHP Jared Carkuff (Fr., 0-0, 6.57 ERA)
RHP Jake Thompson (Jr., 2-3, 3.72 ERA)
Radio: Governors Sports Network
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