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APSU Governors Baseball loses to Kentucky Wildcats 6-3

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsLexington, KY – The Austin Peay State University baseball team has now lost three in a row, losing to Kentucky of the Southeastern Conference, 6-3, at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky freshman right-hander Kyle Cody worked into the sixth inning and eight of nine starters collected hits to lead the Wildcats past the Governors.

APSU Baseball's Zach Hall. (Courtesy: APSU Sports Information)

APSU Baseball’s Zach Hall. (Courtesy: APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (25-8) starter Zach Hall (3-2) worked five innings, allowing five hits and three runs – two earned – walking three and striking out four. Austin Peay used Tommy Hager, Kacy Kemmer, Alex Belew and Tyler Rogers in relief. Rogers is the brother of former UK star Taylor Rogers and the AP school-record holder in saves.

Following three and a half scoreless innings of play, Kentucky notched two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the first lead of the evening. Reed led off the inning with a hard single on the ground through the right side and with one out Riddle walked to move Reed into scoring position. With two outs, Reida singled into leftfield, enabling Reed to trot home from second and give UK a 1-0 lead. With Riddle on second and Reida on first, Storm put the ball in play with a swinging-bunt single allowing Riddle to score from second and increase the Wildcats’ lead to 2-0.

Zellers opened the bottom of the fifth with a one-out single past the third basemen down the leftfield line and eventually stole second to move into scoring pitch. A wild pitch allowed Zellers to move over to third. After a strike out, Kuhn walked to give Kentucky runners on first and third with two outs. As a designed play, Kuhn took off for second and Zellers took advantage of the throw to second attempting to nab Kuhn and went towards home. Kuhn was eventually tagged out but after Zellers had crossed the plate, giving UK a 3-0 lead through five.

Austin Peay answered in the top of the sixth with a run of its own, lessening the Kentucky lead to 3-1. Kevin Corey led off the inning with a single down the rightfield line and Dylan Riner walked to give the Governors two runners on base. A sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position and forced Kentucky to make a change on the mound, bringing in Shepherd to replace Cody. Shepherd forced a ground out from the first batter he faced but the grounder allowed Corey to score from third. Shepherd struck the following batter out to end the inning and get the Wildcats out of the jam leading 3-1.

Kentucky responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Thomas opened the rally with a one-out single into leftfield. A Reida walk put two on for Kentucky and forced Austin Peay to make a change on the mound. Storm knocked a solid groundball to the shortstop and an error gave Thomas the opportunity to come around from second and score. With two on still one out following the error, Barrett tripled down the rightfield line to clear the bases and give Kentucky an additional two runs. Kentucky led 6-1 through six.

The Governors weren’t ready to lay down, plating two runs in the top of the eighth to decrease the Wildcats’ lead to 6-3. P.J. Torres led off the inning with a double into right-centerfield and advanced to third on a single from Corey. With runners on first and third, a balk would bring home Torres from third and move Corey to second. Corey would eventually score on consecutive ground outs.

Box Score

Austin Peay Governors at Kentucky
April 9th, 2013 at Lexington, KY (Hagan Stadium)

Austin Peay 3 (25-8)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
RINER, Dylan cf 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0
HUDSON, Cody lf 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0
MASSONI, Craig 1b 4 0 0 0 0 4 5 3 2
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
HARPER, Reed ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 0
DAVIS, Michael dh 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TORRES, P.J. c 3 1 1 0 0 1 5 3 1
COREY, Kevin 3b 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
HALL, Zach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
HAGER, Tommy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KEMMER, Kacy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BELEW, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ROGERS, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 30 3 6 2 2 8 24 11 3

 

Kentucky 6 (23-9)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Kyle Barrett rf 5 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 2
Zac Zellers lf 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2
Austin Cousino cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1
A.J. Reed 1b 4 1 1 0 0 2 12 0 0
Max Kuhn 3b 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
J.T. Riddle 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 6 0
Micheal Thomas c 4 1 1 0 0 1 8 1 0
Matt Reida ss 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 0
Zack Storm dh 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
Kyle Cody p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler Shepherd p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walter Wijas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trevor Gott p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 34 6 10 4 4 6 27 13 8

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 000 001 020 -  3  6  1
Kentucky............ 000 213 00X -  6 10  0
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E – HARPER, Re.(10). DP – UK 2. LOB – APSU 3; UK 8. 2B – TORRES, P.(6). 3B – K. Barrett. SH – HUDSON, C.(4). SB – Z. Zellers. CS – M. Kuhn.

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HALL, Zach L,3-2 5.0 6 3 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 20 23 5 5 90
HAGER, Tommy 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 13
KEMMER, Kacy 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 1 9
BELEW, Alex 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 7 2 1 24
ROGERS, Tyler 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
Kentucky ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Kyle Cody W,3-1 5.1 4 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 17 20 4 6 69
Chandler Shepherd 1.2 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 7 1 3 26
Walter Wijas 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 3 13
Trevor Gott S,8 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 12

 

Win – K. Cody (3-1). Loss – HALL, Z. (3-2). Save – T. Gott (8). WP – HALL, Z.(4). BK – W. Wijas. Inherited runners/scored: KEMMER, K. 2/2; ROGERS, T. 2/0; C. Shepherd 2/1; W. Wijas 2/2. Pitches/strikes: HALL, Z. 90/55; HAGER, T. 13/5; KEMMER, K. 9/7; BELEW, A. 24/17; ROGERS, T. 2/2; K. Cody 69/44; C. Shepherd 26/18; W. Wijas 13/9; T. Gott 12/9. Umpires – HP: Scott Taylor 1B: Joe Harris 2B: Jay Asher 3B: Nathan Huber
Start: 6:32 pm Time: 2:40 Attendance: 1803
C. Shepherd faced 2 batters in the 8th.

 


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