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Austin Peay State University Baseball’s P.J.Torres hits walk-off home run to propel Governors to 9-8 win over Morehead State

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team got two home runs from catcher P.J. Torres, May 3rd at Raymond C. Hand Park — including a game-winning walk-off in the bottom of the 10th inning — as the Govs defeated the Morehead State University Eagles in an Ohio Valley Conference contest, 9-8.

APSU catcher P.J. Torres hits game winning home run. Austin Peay Baseball. (Michael Rios - Clarksville Sports Network)

APSU catcher P.J. Torres hits game winning home run. Austin Peay Baseball. (Michael Rios – Clarksville Sports Network)

The walk-off homer by Torres came with one out, and on a 3-1 count, as he led Austin Peay (33-13, 14-7 OVC) with four hits and made a winner out of closer Tyler Rogers (7-2) – who came in an pitched the 10th inning for the Govs.

Torres first home run come in the bottom of the eighth inning cutting the Eagles lead to 8-6.

Austin Peay would send the game into extra innings by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a walk followed by a home run.

Craig MassoniJordan Hankins drew a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the place in Craig Massoni – who didn’t disappoint – as he hit his 10th of the season to tie the game, 8-8.

Hankins walked three times in the contest and scored two runs, while Massoni had two hits.

Morehead State (15-32, 9-13 OVC) would score in its fourth straight inning in the seventh to take its first lead of the game, 7-5.

Chase Greenwell would record a double – his third hit of the game – to open the inning, followed by Brandon Rawe’s fourth home run of the season.

P.J. TorresThe Eagles would continue to add to its lead in the top of the eighth, as Kane Sweeney led off the inning with his third home run of the season to put the Govs down three runs, 8-6, with six outs to go before the Governors started its final comeback.

Early on both teams had chances to score, but failed to over the first two and a half innings, but Austin Peay would break the scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the third inning by scoring two runs on three hits against Morehead State starter Blake Smith.

Torres would get things going with an infield hit and moved to third on a single up the middle by Dylan Ryner.

Rolando Gautier would then follow with the third hit – a hump-back liner – over the shortstop’s head to score Torres and move Ryner to third.

Ryner would score on fielder’s choice by Kevin Corey to make it 2-0.

But Morehead State would respond in the top of the fourth to tie the game with two runs on four hits, while also aided by two Governors errors.

Sweeney would lead off the inning with the Eagles’ first hit of the day and move to third on a single to left by Greenwell – who advanced to second when Hudson misplayed the ball in left field.

Rolando GautierAustin Peay would get the first out of the inning on a line drive to short, but Bobby Burns drove in Sweeney with a single, with Greenwell scoring a batter later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bobby Lewis to tie the game 2-2.

The Morehead State lead would be short lived, as Hudson led off the bottom of the fourth with his second home run of the season to allow the Govs to retake the lead, 3-2.

But much like their first lead, the Govs watched the Eagles rally right back to tie the game in their next at bat.

Duran Elmore would start the rally with a one-out infield single and move to third on a single by Sweeney.

Greenwell would follow with a single, to score Elmore to make it 3-3.

Jordan HankinsThe Eagles looked to have scored a second run on a sacrifice fly to short left field by Burns, but Sweeney was called out for the final out on the inning on appeal by the Governors that he had left the base to early.

For the third straight inning, Austin Peay would take the lead, this time scoring twice to go up 5-3.

Gautier would lead off the inning with his second hit of the game, and an out later, moved to second following a walk to Hankins.

Gautier would come around to score the Govs first run of the inning without the aid of a hit, as he moved to third base off a wild pitch by Smith and score off a passed ball by Eagles catcher Drew Williams.

After a walk to Massoni, Hankins would score on a sacrifice fly by Hudson to allow the Govs to match their biggest lead of the game.

Again, the Eagles would battle back to tie the game in their next at bat by scoring two more runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The scoring would start with one out on Alan Mocahbee’s fourth home run of the season, to make it 5-4, followed by a single by Taylor Pickings and a RBI double by Williams – to score Pickings – and tie the game 5-5.

Game two of the three-game OVC series will continue on May 4th at 2:00pm.

Box Score

Morehead State at Austin Peay
May 3rd, 2013 at Clarksville, TN (Raymond C. Hand Park)

Morehead State 8 (15-32,9-13 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
SWEENEY, Kane 2b/3b 5 2 4 1 1 0 0 3 1
GREENWELL, Chase ss 6 2 3 1 0 0 7 3 0
RAWE, Brandon rf 6 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 1
BURNS, Bobby dh 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
LEWIS, Bobby 1b 3 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
MOCAHBEE, Alan 3b 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
GROSS, Trey pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BIRKOFER, Jeff 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PICKENS, Taylor lf 4 1 2 0 1 1 5 0 2
WILLIAMS, Drew c 5 0 1 1 0 3 5 2 4
ELMORE, Duran cf 4 1 1 0 0 2 4 0 0
SMITH, Blake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
HYATT, Dan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
CIRBO, Morgan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DUNCAN, Matt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 41 8 16 8 4 6 28 11 10

 

Austin Peay 9 (33-13,14-7 OVC)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1
COREY, Kevin 3b/2b 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
DAVIS, Michael ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
CARLSON, Brett 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
HANKINS, Jordan 2b/3b 2 2 0 0 3 0 1 2 0
MASSONI, Craig 1b 4 1 2 2 1 0 9 1 1
HUDSON, Cody lf 4 1 2 2 0 1 4 1 0
HARPER, Reed ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0
HAGER, Tommy dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
DILLON, Mason ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
TORRES, P.J. c 5 3 4 2 0 0 7 1 0
RINER, Dylan cf 4 1 2 0 0 0 5 0 1
DELGADO, Casey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
BELEW, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
WHITSON, Don p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KEMMER, Kacy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ROGERS, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 9 13 8 6 5 30 13 7

 

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
---------------------------------------------
Morehead State...... 000 212 210 0 -  8 16  2
Austin Peay......... 002 120 012 1 -  9 13  4
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Note: 1 out, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.

 

E – SWEENEY(12); GREENWELL(11); COREY, K.(11); CARLSON, B.(4); HUDSON, C. 2(3). DP – MOR 4; APSU 3. LOB – MOR 10; APSU 7. 2B – SWEENEY(11); GREENWELL(11); WILLIAMS(4). HR – SWEENEY(3); RAWE(4); MOCAHBEE, Al(5); MASSONI, C.(10); HUDSON, C.(2); TORRES, P. 2(6). HBP – ELMORE; HARPER, Re.. SH – LEWIS(2). SF – LEWIS(1); HUDSON, C.(3). CS – SWEENEY(5); COREY, K.(4); HARPER, Re.(6).

 

Morehead State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
SMITH, Blake 4.2 6 5 4 5 2 2 0 1 0 16 23 6 2 70
HYATT, Dan 2.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 9 2 3 38
CIRBO, Morgan 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 3 0 22
DUNCAN, Matt L,1-4 1.1 3 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 0 1 29
Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
DELGADO, Casey 6.0 12 6 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 26 29 9 3 90
BELEW, Alex 0.1 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 21
WHITSON, Don 2.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 3 25
KEMMER, Kacy 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 13
ROGERS, Tyler W,7-2 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 2 16

 

Win – ROGERS, T. (7-2). Loss – DUNCAN (1-4). Save – None. WP – SMITH 2(7). HBP – by SMITH (HARPER, Re.); by DELGADO, C. (ELMORE). PB – WILLIAMS(8). Inherited runners/scored: HYATT 1/0; BELEW, A. 1/1; WHITSON, D. 3/0. Pitches/strikes: SMITH 70/34; HYATT 38/26; CIRBO 22/15; DUNCAN 29/16; DELGADO, C. 90/62; BELEW, A. 21/7; WHITSON, D. 25/15; KEMMER, K. 13/9; ROGERS, T. 16/10. Umpires – HP: Larry Short 1B: Michael Phillips 3B: David Thomas
Start: 4:00 PM Time: 3:24 Attendance: 198
Weather: 74, M. Cloudy, Wind SE16 G22
DELGADO, C. faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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