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Kyle Blackburn powers APSU Baseball to 16-11 win over Murray State Racers

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TN – Senior outfielder Kyle Blackburn had four hits and four RBI to pace an Austin Peay State University baseball team that pounded out 20 hits in a 16-11 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Murray State, Saturday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay Baseball's Kyle Blackburn smacks four hits and pushes four across the plate in 15-11 win over Murray State Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Baseball’s Kyle Blackburn smacks four hits and pushes four across the plate in 15-11 win over Murray State Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs swept the three-game OVC set and claimed sole possession of third place in the OVC race after three weekends.

Austin Peay (13-9, 6-3 OVC) opened the game with a flourish when center fielder Patrick Massoni drove a solo home run down the left field line in the first inning – his first round-tripper this season. It was the opening blast in what turned into a five-run frame.

Designated hitter Alex Robles added a RBI double, Blackburn added a two-run double and catcher Alex Sala hit a sacrifice fly to cap the frame.

APSU Baseball's Dre GleasonThe Govs kept adding to their lead over the next three innings. First baseman Dre Gleason hit a two-run home run in the second, pushing the lead to 7-0. Shortstop Clayton Smithson extended the lead with his RBI single in the third.

Murray State (11-15, 3-6 OVC) used the long ball to break onto the scoreboard in the fourth. Designated hitter Tyler Lawrence hit a solo shot and second baseman Caleb Hicks added a two-run home run to cut the APSU lead to 8-3.

Austin Peay responded in its half of the third, scoring three runs. Right fielder Chase Hamilton‘s two-run single was followed by Blackburn’s RBI single and APSU was back in front by eight runs, 11-3, and never looked back.

APSU Baseball's Michael CostanzoThe early offensive outburst helped Austin Peay starting pitcher Michael Costanzo (4-1) record his fourth win in four home starts this season. After the rough fourth inning, he would see an APSU error lead to two more runs in the fifth. He would then toss a scoreless sixth to end his outing allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits.

Blackburn set a career high with four hits and tied his week-old career high with four RBI. Smithson chipped in a 3-for-5, four RBI outing while Massoni went 4-for-5. That trio led an Austin Peay offense that posted a season-high 20 hits and tied its season high with 16 runs. Six hitters had a multi-hit outing and nine hitters finished with a hit.

APSU Baseball's Kyle BlackburnMurray State used six relief pitchers in the contest following starter Ryan Dills (1-2), who was lifted in the first inning after allowing five runs on four hits and two walks and was tagged for the loss.

First baseman Ramsey Scott led the Murray State offense with a 4-for-5 outing. Catcher Kipp Moore went 3-for-4 and hit a grand slam as part of a six-run ninth inning that tightened the score.

The Racers finished with 11 runs on 14 hits, eight different hitters recording a hit.

Box Score

Murray State (11-15 / 3-6) -vs- Austin Peay (13-9 / 6-3)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 | R H E
Murray State 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 6 11 14 0
Austin Peay 5 2 1 3 0 2 0 3 X 16 20 1

W: COSTANZO, Michael (4-1) L: DILLS, Ryan (1-2)

 


Murray State 11

Position Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
ss ROBINSON, Jaron 4 1 1 0 0 2 1
ph HRANEC, Jack 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
lf BAUER, Adam 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
dh LAWRENCE, Tyler 5 2 2 2 0 0 0
1b SCOTT, Ramsey 5 2 4 1 0 0 0
2b HICKS, Caleb 3 2 1 3 1 2 1
c MOORE, Kipp 4 1 3 4 1 1 0
cf GILBERT, Cody 5 0 1 0 0 2 0
3b MOORE, Nick 3 0 0 0 1 0 4
ph DUDAS, Matthew 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
rf THOMPSON, Reed 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
ph HALL, Cody 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
p DILLS, Ryan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p MAERZ, Cody 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p WATSON, Derrik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p ANDERSON, Tyler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p DUBSKY, Austin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p CLYNES, Blake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p ARBEITER, Caleb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 41 11 14 10 3 9 7

 

Austin Peay 16

Position Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
2b COPELAND, Garrett 5 0 0 0 1 2 2
cf MASSONI, Patrick 5 2 4 1 0 0 0
pr/cf WILLIS, Imani 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
3b SMITH, Ridge 5 3 2 0 1 0 0
1b GLEASON, Dre 3 2 1 2 2 1 1
ph/1b NEWBERG, Brett 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
dh ROBLES, Alex 3 3 2 1 1 0 0
ph/dh PURCELL, Wesley 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
rf HAMILTON, Chase 4 2 2 2 1 0 2
lf BLACKBURN, Kyle 4 2 4 4 0 0 0
c SALA, Alex 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
ph/c MITCHELL, Caleb 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
ss SMITHSON, Clayton 5 1 3 4 0 0 3
p COSTANZO, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p SPARKS, John 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p BURROW, CJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
p HARMON, Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 42 16 20 15 6 5 10

Murray State

Player IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HBP IBB AB BF FO GO NP
Dills, Ryan
(L, 1-2)
0.1 4 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 1 30
Maerz, Cody 2.2 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 12 5 3 55
Watson, Derrik 0.1 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 22
Anderson Tyler 2.2 6 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 13 14 6 0 36
Dubsky, Austin 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 1 1 24
Clynes, Blake 0.1 4 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 1 0 25
Arbeiter, Caleb 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 9
Totals 20 16 16 6 5 1 0 0 0 42 50 14 5 201

 

Austin Peay

Player IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HBP IBB AB BF FO GO NP
Costanzo, Michael
(W, 4-1)
6.0 6 5 3 2 6 0 0 0 0 24 26 7 4 93
Sparks, John 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 9 2 3 30
Burrow, CJ 0.1 4 5 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 6 0 0 22
Harmon, Jordan 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 18
Totals 14 11 9 3 9 1 0 1 0 41 45 10 7 163
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