Bloomington, IN – Austin Peay State University saw the best baseball season in school history end June 2nd, at Bart Kaufman Field, with a 6-1 loss to Indiana University in the championship game of the NCAA Bloomington Regional.
The Govs end the campaign with an overall record of 47-15; three wins more than the 1996 team that finished with the then school record 44 victories.
The 47 wins also tie the Ohio Valley Conference all-time single-season wins mark, set back in 1980 by former OVC member Western Kentucky University – who finished that season 47-13-1.
As for the regional final, Indiana jumped on Austin Peay pitcher Kevin Corey — who was getting his first start of the season in only his 10th appearance on the mound this season — by scoring three runs on four hits.
Corey would get Will Nolden to line out to Jordan Hankins at third base for the first out of the inning, but Kyle Schwarber followed by blasting a 3-0 pitch over the right field fence for a home run – his 17th of the season – to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
Sam Travis then reached on a double to left center field and moved to third base on a groundout by Scott Donley.
Michael Basil then singled through the left side of the Govs infield to score Travis with the second run of the inning.
A walk to Dustin DuMuth moved Basil into scoring position at second base, where he later scored from on a single into right center field by Casey Smith to drive in the final run of the inning to make it 3-0 Indiana.
The score would remain that way until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Indiana was able to tack on another run to go up 4-0.
Travis and Donley would draw walks from Casey Delgado to get things started for the Hoosiers, with Austin Peay was able to get the lead runner out at third base on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Basil for the first out in the inning.
But DuMuth would drive in Donley from second base with a RBI double down the right field line.
The Govs would get on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning, as they took advantage of a couple of hits and two walks by Hoosiers pitchers.
Reed Harper followed with a single to left field – moving Hankins to third base – with Cody Hudson drawing a walk to load the bases.
That brought up Michael Davis, who walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in Hankins to make it 4-1.
That would be the last batter Hoosiers relief pitcher Luke Harrison would see, as Ryan Halstead came in out of the bullpen and strike out P.J. Torres and pinch hitter Matt Wollenzin to end the Govs threat.
Indiana would respond in the bottom of the inning, aided by a throwing error by Austin Peay, to score two runs to go up 6-1.
Austin Peay would get the first batter of the inning out, but Nolden would double into left center field to get the Hoosiers back in business.
Schwarber then walked, putting two runners on, with Nolden moving up a base on a fly out by Travis.
Donley walked to load the bases, which forced the Govs to bring in closer Tyler Rogers to try to get out of the inning without any damage being done.
For a second it looked like the move had worked, as Rogers got Basil to hit a groundball to Harper at shortstop for the inning ending final out.
But Harper’s throw to first base wasn’t able to be picked by Wollenzin – who was playing his first inning of defense after coming in as a pinch hitter in the top of the inning – allowing Schwarber and Nolden to score two unearned runs.
Austin Peay never threaten in their final three at bats, with Brett Carlson recording the only Governors hit – a single – over that span.
Regional – Bloomington
Bart Kaufman Field, Bloomington, IN
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|RBI: Davis 1(19)|
|#P: Corey 29(15 Strikes), Delgado 69(43 Strikes), Hall 26(14 Strikes), Rogers 38(29 Strikes)|
|2B: Nolden 1(3), Travis 1(20), Demuth 1(22)|
|HR: Schwarber 1(17)|
|RBI: Schwarber 1(50), Basil 1(46), Demuth 1(40), Smith 1(31)|
|#P: Coursen-carr 93(56 Strikes), Harrison 10(6 Strikes), Halstead 55(38 Strikes)|