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Austin Peay (11-12, 4-5 OVC) at Middle Tennessee (9-14, 1-5 CUSA)
Wednesday, March 29th.2017 | 6:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team begins its longest scheduled excursion of 2017 when it kicks off a five-game road trip with a 6:00pm, Wednesday contest against Middle Tennessee at Reese Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro, TN.Wednesday’s matchup is the second game of the home-and-home series between the two in-state foes, Austin Peay winning a 21-8 decision in Clarksville, February 28th.
The Govs will seek a sweep of the two-game set, matching the feat they accomplished in 2015.
APSU: LHP Josh Rye (3-0, 4.74 ERA)
Longtine In-State Foes
Home Run Hearsay
The Govs also were ranked No. 3 in total home runs (43) and No. 4 in slugging percentage (.535). Freshman Tyler Hubbard became the 13th different Govs batter to hit a home run in 2017, breaking the program record for most players with a home run in a season. Hubbard became the second Govs hitter to drive a pinch-hit home run this season (sophomore Brett Newberg the other). The Govs 43 home runs already ranks 16th on the team’s single-season record list, with more than half the season remaining.
Redshirt freshman infielder Parker Phillips hit a home run in each of the three games against Tennessee Tech (4 HR total) and has hit a home run in four of his last five games, while plating 11 RBI in that five-game stretch.
Junior second baseman Garrett Giovannelli has marched through March, batting .316 entering the month’s final days and has raised is average 97 points from its low-water mark; he missed the final two games of the TTU set due to illness. Senior utility man Alex Robles brings a six-game hit streak into the midweek outing (11-for-25, .440, 3 2B, 7 RBI).
Senior right fielder Chase Hamilton had a walkoff ground out in last Wednesday’s contest against Arkansas State, sparking his current four-game hit streak (5 H). Redshirt junior left fielder Cayce Bredlau has a a hit in five of his last six games and a double in four of those contests (9-for-25, 5 2B, 7 RBI in last 6 games).
Junior shortstop Kyle Wilson has a hit in five of his last six games (6-for-21, 2 3B), pushing his average up 21 points. Junior center fielder Imani Willis has a hit in seven of his last nine games (8 H, 2 2B), but missed Saturday’s series finale against Tennessee Tech. Sophomore catcher Alex Sala broke a three-game hitless stretch with a 1-for-5 outing against Tennessee Tech, Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Max Remy was called on to start at second base for an ailing Giovannelli against Tennessee Tech, and went 3-for-9 with a double in his two starts. Freshman infielder Landon Kelly started two games at third base against Tennessee Tech, going 3-for-6 with a double and home run in the series finale, Saturday.
Sophomore Brett Newberg has an extra-base hit in three of his last four pinch-hit appearances (3-for-3, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, HBP).
Toeing The Rubber
The past two midweeks have seen different starters with junior Brett Newberg making his first start as a Governor at Tennessee, March 15th, followed by redshirt senior Jordan Witcig‘s first-ever Govs start against Arkansas State, March 22nd.
Govs midweek starters have combined for a 1.74 ERA and limited opponents to a .176 batting average in five games (10.1 innings pitched).
Next Up for APSU Baseball
The Govs continue the road trip with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Southeast Missouri, Friday-Sunday, at the renovated Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The three-game set looms large for Austin Peay which will place its offense against the OVC’s top pitching staff.
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