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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball designated hitter Alex Robles‘ delivered a walk-off home run in the 14th inning to catapult the Governors to a 6-5 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Jacksonville State, Sunday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park.
That leadoff single would be the only base hit allowed by Primasing. Those two flyouts were the first of 12 consecutive batters retired by the Clarksville product, giving Austin Peay’s offense the opportunity to close the gap.
Austin Peay (9-6, 3-0 OVC) would slowly work its way back, scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Third baseman Parker Phillips tripled to start the seventh and scored on shortstop Kyle Wilson‘s single. In the eighth, the Govs loaded the bases but were limited to a lone run on first baseman Dre Gleason‘s single.
But Primasing kept throwing zeroes on the board, leaving the Govs a chance. The ninth inning spark came from pinch hitter Brett Newberg, who took the second pitch he faced over the wall in left for his first collegiate home run. The next two APSU batters would reach base before JSU reliever Justin Hoyt got the next two Govs out. However, his luck ran out when Gleason came to the plate and doubled off the wall in left to drive in the game-tying runs and force extra innings.
Primasing returned to start the 10th and recorded his 12th and final out by retiring the leadoff batter. Janssen would turn to left-hander Josh Rye who would walk a pair of batters after retiring the first man he faced, but he avoided any damage by getting a ground out back to the mound.
Jacksonville State (7-7, 0-3 OVC) had by far the best opportunity in extra innings when left fielder Nolan Greckel led off the 12th with a single and advanced to third on shortstop Tyler Hawthorne’s single. However, Rye escaped the jam with a perfectly timed double play that was exquisitely turned by Wilson, second baseman Garrett Giovannelli and Gleason.
Like Primasing before him, Rye would keep putting up zeroes and the duos work paid off in the 14th. Robles stepped to the plate with two outs and took the first pitch he saw over the wall in left, ending the game with his first hit of the contest.
Rye (3-0) picked up his first relief win of 2017 after holding the Gamecocks to three hits over his career-high 4.2 innings on the mound. Primasing and Rye combined to retire 26 of the 32 batters they faced.
Jacksonville State reliever Grant Chandler (0-1) suffered the loss despite holding Austin Peay to the one run on four hits in his 4.2 innings of work. Second baseman Clayton Daniel went 2-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI to pace the Gamecock’s 12-hit outing.
Sunday’s come-from behind win wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of relievers Levi Primasing and Josh Rye. Primasing entered in the seventh inning with the Govs trailing 5-0 and promptly limited Jacksonville State to one hit over his four scoreless innings.
Rye took over in the 10th and followed that performance with a career-high 4.2 innings of scoreless relief giving the Govs opportunity to score the game’s final six runs.
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Next up for APSU Baseball
Austin Peay now prepares for a four-game road trip, scheduled to start with a 5:00pm (CDT), Wednesday contest at Tennessee. The Govs then return to OVC play with a three-game OVC set at Murray State, scheduled for Friday-Sunday.
TopicsAlex Robles, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Baseball, APSU Men's Baseball, APSU Sports, Austin Peay State University, Belmont, Brett Newberg, Clarksville TN, Dre Gleason, Eastern Illinois, Gamecocks, Garrett Giovannelli, Governors, Govs, Jacksonville State, Josh Rye, JSU, Kyle Wilson, Levi Primasing, Morehead State, Murray State, Nolan Greckel, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Parker Phillips, Raymond C. Hand Park, Tennessee Tech, Travis Janssen, Tyler Hawthorne, UT-Martin
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