Austin Peay vs. Lipscomb
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Raymond C. Hand Park
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s baseball team will look to get back on a winning track when it hosts Lipscomb in a 6:00pm, Tuesday nonconference tilt at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Governors saw a season-best five-game win streak halted with a Sunday loss at SIU Edwardsville.
However, Austin Peay still claimed the three-game OVC series – its eighth OVC series win this season. The Govs also claimed their first Tuesday victory this season during the win streak, a feat they will look to repeat with this Tuesday’s contest.
Lipscomb visits Clarksville after claiming both games of a weather-shortened weekend series from Southeast Missouri. The Bisons won in walkoff fashion, Friday, before using an eighth-inning rally to clinch the two-game set, Sunday.
The Bisons are 2-10 on the road this season, winning at Purdue (March 23rd) and Kennesaw State (April 20th).
Single-game tickets and 15-game flex packages for Austin Peay baseball are available by calling the Governors Athletics Ticket office at 931.221.PEAY  or online at LetsGoPeay.com/SportTix
The Suite Life
Fans interested in more information or renting an Austin Peay-themed boxLIFE suite for the season, a weekend or a game should complete the online form available at LetsGoPeay.com or contact Mike Minyard, Associate Athletics Director at . Suites may be rented each weekend series ($1,000 per weekend) or on a single-game basis.
Austin Peay secured a berth in the 2018 OVC tournament with its series victory against UT Martin. The Govs have recorded six or more walks 21 times this season and they rank 12th nationally with 254 base on balls (5.29 per game). Austin Peay also is ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in both doubles per game (2.19, 14th) and scoring (7.4 runs per game, 10th) entering the week.
First baseman Parker Phillips has been on a tear over his last 24 games, leading APSU with a .418 batting average, 16 home runs and 41 RBI since March 23rd; he is ranked among Division I’s leaders in home runs (5th, 17) and RBI (15th, 55) this season. Second baseman Garrett Giovannelli has reached base in 44 of the 46 games he has played this season; he is ranked among Division I’s leaders in both total doubles (7th, 19), batting average (64th, .368) and runs scored (27th, 48).
Infielder Garrett Kueber took his first swings since April 13 in the final two games of the SIUE series, playing third base, and promptly went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI; he missed all or parts of 10 games due to an injury. Infielder Bobby Head moved to shortstop in Kueber’s absence and remained there after his return at SIUE; he has a hit in three of his last four games, scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Utility man Malcolm Tipler has reached base safely 25 times and is batting .296 with 26 runs scored in his last 28 games; he has missed the Govs last four games due to injury. Center fielder Imani Willis has batted .317 (13-41) with 11 RBI in his last 12 games, including six extra base hits (two homers); he suffered an injury during Game 2 of the SIUE series and came off the bench in Game 3.
Outfielder Kyle Wilson has reached base safely in 18 straight games and is batting .324 (22-68) with 14 RBI, eight doubles and three home runs during the streak. Right fielder Nick Walker has a home run in five of his last 10 games and is batting .357 (15-42) with 12 RBI in those games; he also has reached safely in 20 consecutive games.
Catchers David Martinez and Alex Sala have split starts behind the plate since the start of OVC play (March 9th). Sala has started 30 games (2 at DH) and has three home runs and 15 RBI as a starter. Martinez has 20 starts (1 at DH) and is batting .256 with two home runs and nine RBI.
The 2018 Govs offense is a collectively young group with only 15 years of Division I experience between the 20 available position players entering the season.
Toeing The Rubber
Left-hander Josh Rye will make his third consecutive midweek start for the Governors. He picked up a win in his last start, a 6-0 victory against Western Kentucky that saw him provided six shutout frames while scattering five hits. Rye has allowed one earned run in his last two starts totaling 10.2 innings (0.84 ERA) while striking out nine (7.59 K/9) and walking one (0.84 BB/9).
Austin Peay returns to the road for a three-game nonconference set at nationally-ranked Clemson. It will be the second time the two teams have met. Clemson defeated Austin Peay in a 1973 contest.