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APSU Baseball pitcher Michael Costanzo allows one hit in 12-0 rout of Alcorn State

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TN – Sophomore left hander Michael Costanzo allowed just one hit and struck out 10 and Austin Peay State University’s baseball team downed Alcorn State, 12-0, in the Riverview Inn Governors Challenge, Friday afternoon.

A week after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Costanzo (2-0) got off to a quick start against Alcorn State, retiring the first six batters he faced.

Austin Peay Baseball rolls past Alcorn State Friday, 12-0. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Baseball rolls past Alcorn State Friday, 12-0. (APSU Sports Information)

The Chicago native would surrender a leadoff double in the third, but left that runner stranded at third base after inducing a shallow fly out and a strike out.

From there, Costanzo got in a groove and retired 12 consecutive batters. He issued a two-out walk in the seventh but struck out the next batter he faced to end his outing.

Meanwhile Austin Peay’s (4-1) offense needed time to solve Alcorn State starter George Helbig. The Govs were held scoreless over the first four innings, leaving runners in scoring position in both the second and fourth frames.

APSU Baseball's Garrett CopelandBut Austin Peay solved the Helbig riddle in the fifth, striking for a pair of two-out runs. Second baseman Garrett Copeland singled with one out and scored on third baseman Logan Gray‘s two-out double. Left fielder Cayce Bredlau then drove in Gray with a RBI single to put APSU ahead 2-0 after five innings.

The Govs would add two runs in the sixth before tacking on four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Right fielder Ridge Smith had the game’s biggest hit with a three-run home run to left center in the seventh that put APSU ahead 8-0.

APSU Baseball's Michael CostanzoCostanzo (2-0) struck out a career-high 10 batters over seven innings, allowing one hit and one walk. CJ Burrow and Shane Lantigua retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Smith was one of five APSU hitters to finish with two hits, ending the day 2-for-3 with four RBI. First baseman Dre Gleason added a 2-for-4, two RBI outing. Eight Govs finished the game with at least one RBI.

Alcorn State (1-5) got its lone hit from designated hitter Ashton Lewis, who was 1-for-3. Helbig (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings, striking out five.

The Riverview Inn Governors Challenge continues Saturday with Alcorn State facing No. 12 Missouri State in an 11:30am contest. Austin Peay will meet UConn in a 3:30pm meeting between the two Day 1 winners – UConn defeating Missouri State, 12-4, in the tourney opener.

Box Score

Alcorn State (1-5) vs. Austin Peay (4-1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 | R H E
Alcorn State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Austin Peay 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 X 12 14 0

W: COSTANZO, Michael (2-0) L: George Helbig (0-2)

 


Alcorn State 0

Position Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
cf LaDerik Williams 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
ph Brandon Barna 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2b Wallace Rios 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
1b Collin Carroll 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
c Walter Vives 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
lf D. Hamilton 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
rf Justin Barna 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
dh Ashton Lewis 3 0 1 0 0 1 0
3b Cedric Walker 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
ss Moses Charles 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
p George Helbig 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p Patrick McMahon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p Carlos Lopez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p Jahborous Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 0 1 0 1 11 2

 

Austin Peay 12

Position Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
2b COPELAND, Garrett 4 2 2 1 0 2 0
ph/2b CONROY, TJ 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
cf WILLIS, Imani 4 1 1 1 1 2 0
3b GRAY, Logan 4 2 2 1 1 0 0
pr/1b WILSON, Josh 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
lf BREDLAU, Cayce 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
dh ROBLES, Alex 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
ph PURCELL, Wesley 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
1b GLEASON, Dre 4 1 2 2 1 0 2
pr/rf BLACKBURN, Kyle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
rf/3b SMITH, Ridge 3 1 2 4 1 1 0
c MARIK, T.J. 4 0 0 0 0 3 5
ss SMITHSON, Clayton 4 1 2 1 0 0 0
p COSTANZO, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p BURROW, CJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p LANTIGUA, Shane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 12 14 12 6 8 10

Alcorn State

Player IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HBP IBB AB BF FO GO NP
George Helbig
(L, 0-2)
4.2 3 2 2 2 5 0 0 1 0 18 21 5 4 85
Patrick McMahon 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 0 9
Carlos Lopez 1.2 7 6 6 1 3 0 0 0 1 10 12 0 1 39
Jahborous Smith 1.1 3 4 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 6 10 3 1 34
Totals 14 12 12 6 8 1 0 2 2 36 46 9 6 167

 

Austin Peay

Player IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HBP IBB AB BF FO GO NP
Costanzo, Michael
(W, 2-0)
7.0 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 0 0 21 23 5 6 91
Burrow, CJ 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 11
Lantigua, Shane 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 14
Totals 1 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 27 29 6 10 116
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