Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN – A litany of defensive miscues proved to be Austin Peay State University baseball team’s undoing in an 8-5 Ohio Valley Conference loss to Murray State, Monday afternoon.Austin Peay (10-17, 3-6 OVC) got off to a good start in the first three innings. Starting pitcher Caleb Powell retired the first nine batters he faced to keep Murray State off the board.
Meanwhile, the Govs offense sent eight men to the plate in a three-run third inning, highlighted by a pair of sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk, to take a 3-0 lead.
However, Murray State (13-12, 7-5 OVC) got a man on base with two out in the fourth when the Govs defense failed to beat second baseman Anthony Bayus to first base. The Thoroughbreds jumped on the miscue as the next three batters reached base, right fielder Kollin Dowdy driving in a pair of runs with a single. Powell would limit the damage by ending the inning with a pop up, the Govs holding a 3-2 lead.
Austin Peay’s defense opened the door to Murray State as it was charged with seven errors over the next four innings. A three-error fourth inning resulted in three unearned runs as Murray State took the lead for good, 5-3. Two errors in the seventh allowed the ‘Breds to tack on two additional runs and build an 8-3 advantage. The Govs escaped a two-error eighth without allowing a run.
Meanwhile, the Govs offense went silent. Third baseman Alex Robles’ third-inning single was the Govs only base hit until left fielder Ridge Smith’s leadoff single in the sixth. In the interim, Murray State starter Sheldon Baxter retired eight of the 10 batters he faced. Smith’s single was eliminated as Baxter got a strikeout on a failed bunt attempt and then induced an inning-ending double play.
The Govs would strike for a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Center fielder Cayce Bredlau hit a seventh-inning two-out single against Baxter and shortstop Garrett Copeland followed with a double to drive in the run. In the eighth, first baseman Mason Dillon was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. He would score on second baseman Kevin Corey’s groundout later in the frame.
Baxter (1-1) pitched Murray State to its first-ever three-game OVC series sweep at Raymond C. Hand Park, holding APSU to four runs on five hits in 6.2 innings to pick up the win.
Copeland had two of the Govs five hits in the contest, his third-inning sacrifice fly and seventh-inning double accounting for his two RBI.
Bayus and Dowdy each had two hits and two RBI to pace Murray State’s offense.
Monday, March 31st, 2014
Clarksville, TN | Raymond C. Hand Park
Murray State 8 (13-12,7-5 OVC)
|Ty Stetson lf||5||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Matt McGowan ss||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3|
|Anthony Bayus 2b||5||3||2||2||0||1||1||2||0|
|Tyler Lawrence c||5||2||2||1||0||0||4||0||0|
|Michael Hargrove 1b||4||0||0||0||1||1||8||0||1|
|Kollin Dowdy rf||4||1||2||2||0||1||6||0||0|
|Dalton West dh||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Clay Kelly 3b||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||1||0|
|Taylor Mathews cf||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||0||0|
|Sheldon Baxter p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Cody Maerz p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Austin Peay 5 (10-17,3-6 OVC)
|BREDLAU, Cayce cf||4||2||1||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|COPELAND, Garrett ss||2||0||2||2||0||0||1||1||0|
|ROBLES, Alex 3b||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||1|
|GLEASON, Dre 1b||2||0||0||1||1||2||7||0||2|
|DILLON, Mason 1b||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||1||0|
|SMITH, Ridge lf||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||0||0|
|GRAY, Logan 2b||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||3||2|
|COREY, Kevin 2b||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|TORRES, P.J. c||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||0||0|
|WOLLENZIN, Matt dh||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|GAUTIER, Rolando rf||2||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||0|
|HAMILTON, Chase rf||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|POWELL, Caleb p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|GAURA, A.J. p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|WALTON, Zach p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|BELEW, Alex p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Murray State........ 000 231 200 - 8 8 0 Austin Peay......... 003 000 110 - 5 5 7 -------------------------------------------
|E – BREDLAU, C.(1); GLEASON, D.(3); DILLON, M.(1); GRAY, L.(18); COREY, K.(2); TORRES, P.(5); GAUTIER, R.(2). DP – MUR 1. LOB – MUR 6; APSU 5. 2B – Lawrence(8); Kelly(4); COPELAND, G.(6). HBP – Kelly; Mathews; COPELAND, G.; DILLON, M.; WOLLENZIN, M; GAUTIER, R.. SF – COPELAND, G.(2); SMITH, R.(3). SB – COPELAND, G.(6). CS – Mathews(1).|
|Sheldon Baxter W,1-1||6.2||5||4||4||2||4||1||0||3||0||22||29||10||5||102|
|POWELL, Caleb L,0-1||6.0||8||8||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||29||31||9||7||106|
| Win – Baxter (1-1). Loss – POWELL, C. (0-1). Save – None. WP – Baxter(3); Maerz 2(5); GAURA, AJ(5). HBP – by Baxter (WOLLENZIN, M); by Baxter (GAUTIER, R.); by POWELL, C. (Kelly); by Baxter (COPELAND, G.); by WALTON, Z. (Mathews); by Maerz (DILLON, M.).Inherited runners/scored: Maerz 1/0; GAURA, AJ 1/1; BELEW, A. 1/0.
Pitches/strikes: Baxter 102/64; Maerz 33/19; POWELL, C. 106/67; GAURA, AJ 14/10; WALTON, Z. 6/5; BELEW, A. 19/12.
Umpires – HP: Manny Gonzalez 1B: Roger Fulks 3B: Bill Williams
Start: 2:00 PM Time: 2:46
Weather: 71, Fair, Wind SE12
POWELL, C. faced 2 batters in the 7th.