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APSU Governors Baseball slugish in 12-8 loss to Belmont Bruins

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TN – A subpar outing doomed Austin Peay State University’s baseball team in a 12-8 Ohio Valley Conference loss to Belmont, Saturday, at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay (18-13, 10-7 OVC) got off to a quick start offensively, scoring the game’s first three runs in the second inning.

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs used a wild pitch to score their first run then a delayed double steak to add a second run.

Shortstop Imani Willis drove in the third run with a single, but was left stranded at third base.

Belmont (18-14, 9-4 OVC) struck for four runs in the top of the third inning, an Austin Peay error sparked the burst, allowing a runner to advance from first to third with one out. The Bruins then saw the next five batters reach base safely, including two run scoring hits and a bases loaded walk, as they built a 4-3 lead.

The Govs were able to tie the game again in the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Logan Gray led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Designated hitter Alex Robles drove him in with an infield single, tying the game 4-4.

However, the Govs contributed to their own demise over the next six innings. Austin Peay defense and pitching assisted on each of Belmont’s final eight runs either through a walk, hit batsman, error or wild pitch. Belmont took advantage of the help with two runs in the fourth, four runs in the sixth and a run in both the seventh and ninth innings.

Austin Peay attempted to mount another late-inning comeback. Gray hit a leadoff home run in the seventh inning – his fifth home run in his last six games – trimming the APSU deficit to 10-5. The Govs struck for three runs in the eighth, including second baseman Garrett Copeland‘s two-run double, to close within 11-8 but would get no closer.

Govs reliever Zac Walton (0-1) was tagged for the loss after allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Starter Zach Hall surrendered four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings but could not escape a couple of defensive miscues in the second that resulted in base hits.

Gray led the Govs offense with a 3-for-5, one RBI outing that saw him score three times. Robles added a 2-for-4 outing. Austin Peay outhit Belmont 12-10.

Belmont starter Aaron Quillen (4-2) picked up the win after allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings.

Second baseman Tyler Fullerton paced Belmont’s offense with a 1-for-5, three RBI effort – with RBI coming on a bases loaded walk in the third and a two-run single in the sixth. The Bruins offense took advantage of eight walks and five hit batsmen in the contest – catcher Alex Diamond finishing the day 1-for-3 with two walks and was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance.

After splitting the first two games of the series, Austin Peay and Belmont close out their three-game OVC series with a 1:00pm, Sunday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Box Score

Belmont (18-14 / 9-4) -vs- Austin Peay (18-13 / 10-7)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Belmont 0 0 4 2 0 4 1 0 1 12 10 1
Austin Peay 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 8 12 5

W: QUILLEN, Aaron (4-2)     L: WALTON, Zach (0-1)

 


Belmont 12

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
c DIAMOND, Alec 3 3 1 0 2 0 0
cf FERGUSON, Drew 5 2 1 1 1 0 0
1b/3b BEATY, Matt 4 1 2 1 0 1 0
2b FULLERTON, Tyler 5 0 1 3 1 1 1
dh EGLI, Nick 3 0 0 1 2 3 0
3b WALSH, Tyler 5 0 1 2 0 2 5
1b BYRD, Drake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
lf DODD, William 5 1 1 0 0 1 3
rf WASHINGTON, Brennan 4 2 1 0 1 0 3
ss CONGER, Kyle 4 3 2 1 1 0 0
p QUILLEN, Aaron 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p TUBBS, Josh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p KINNEY, Matthew 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 38 12 10 9 8 8 12

 

Batting

2B:WASHINGTON, Brennan (1); CONGER, Kyle (1)

Baserunning

SB:DIAMOND, Alec (1); FULLERTON, Tyler (1)
HBP:DIAMOND, Alec (1); BEATY, Matt (2); EGLI, Nick (1); WALSH, Tyler (1)

Fielding

E:WALSH, Tyler (1)

 

Austin Peay 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
c SMITH, Ridge 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
c MARIK, T.J. 3 1 0 0 0 2 1
lf BREDLAU, Cayce 2 0 0 0 2 1 2
ph/rf BLACKBURN, Kyle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2b/ss COPELAND, Garrett 4 1 1 2 1 1 1
3b GRAY, Logan 5 3 3 1 0 1 3
rf WILSON, Josh 4 1 1 0 0 1 0
ph/lf PURCELL, Wesley 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
dh ROBLES, Alex 4 0 2 1 0 0 1
1b GLEASON, Dre 4 0 1 0 0 3 1
ph MASSONI, Patrick 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
cf HAMILTON, Chase 3 1 0 0 1 2 2
ph SMITHSON, Clayton 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
ss WILLIS, Imani 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
2b MITCHELL, Caleb 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
p HALL, Zach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p WALTON, Zach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p PRIMASING, Levi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p LANTIGUA, Shane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p COSTANZO, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p NEFF, Zach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p KIMBEL, Keirce 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 39 8 12 6 5 12 11

 

Batting

2B:SMITH, Ridge (1); COPELAND, Garrett (1); PURCELL, Wesley (1)
HR:GRAY, Logan (1)
SH:ROBLES, Alex (1)

Baserunning

SB:WILSON, Josh (1); ROBLES, Alex (1); HAMILTON, Chase (1)
HBP:BLACKBURN, Kyle (1)

Fielding

E:SMITH, Ridge (1); GLEASON, Dre (2); NEFF, Zach (2)

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