Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Bases-loaded situations – and the inability to produce in those chances – will haunt Austin Peay State University’s baseball team as it reflects on a 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference loss to Morehead State, Saturday, at Raymond C. Hand Park.Austin Peay (22-18, 13-10 OVC) had five opportunities with the bases loaded through the course of the contest but could not record a base hit.
In fact, the Govs scored just one run out of those five chances – center fielder Patrick Massoni‘s sacrifice fly in the fourth that gave the Govs their first run.
However, it is the seventh inning that was particularly damaging to the Govs chances of pull off a come-from-behind win. Shortstop Garrett Copeland doubled to start the inning and right fielder Josh Wilson walked. Third baseman Alex Robles brought home a run with a double, forcing a Morehead State pitching change.
Austin Peay loaded the bases as first baseman Dre Gleason battled back to earn a walk. However, with the bases loaded and no out, Morehead State reliever Aaron Goe got the next three batters out – on a pop out to the catcher, a shallow fly out to center field and a strikeout – ending the Govs best scoring opportunity.
Morehead State (26-17, 12-8 OVC) opened the game with three runs in the first inning off Austin Peay starter Zach Hall. An Austin Peay error proved costly, ultimately allowing two additional runs to score. Eagles catcher Chris Robinson drove in the first run with a double, shortstop Robby Spencer added a RBI single and left fielder Nick Newell added a run via a groundout.
The Eagles tacked on single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Center fielder Ryan Kent’s leadoff home run off Hall in the sixth put the Eagles ahead 6-4 and proved to be the game winning hit.
Morehead State would put the game out of reach in the ninth, striking for four runs to extend its lead to 10-5. Kent again had the inning’s big blow, added a two-run single to his day’s work.
Hall (1-6) was again the hard-luck loser after allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings. Reliever John Sparks allowed four runs, all in the ninth inning, as part of his 3.1 inning outing. Jake Corum recorded the final out for the Govs.
Copeland led the Govs offense with a 4-for-5 outing that included a two-run double in the fifth. Gleason and second baseman Imani Willis also had two hits each.
Goe (5-0) picked up the win after holding Austin Peay scoreless on three hits over the final three innings. Morehead State starter Craig Pearcy left with no decision after allowing four runs on five hits in 4.1 innings.
Kent’s 4-for-6, three RBI performance paced Morehead State, which saw five hitters record a multihit outing.
Austin Peay and Morehead State wrap up their three-game conference series with a 1:00pm, Sunday contest.
Morehead State (26-17 / 12-8) -vs- Austin Peay (22-18 / 13-10)
W:GOE, Aaron (5-0)L:HALL, Zach (1-6)
Morehead State 10
2B:SWEENEY, Kane (1); ROBINSON, Chris (1); SPENCER, Robby (2); NEWELL, Nick (1); TANNER, Blaine (1)
HR:KENT, Ryan (1)SF:TANNER, Blaine (1); WARDEN, Evan (1)
SB:NEWELL, Nick (1); TANNER, Blaine (1)
HBP:SWEENEY, Kane (1); NIEMANN, Tyler (1)
E:WRIGHT, Cable (1)
Austin Peay 5
E:ROBLES, Alex (1)