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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team makes a quick pit stop at home between road trips when it hosts Lipscomb in a 2:00pm, Tuesday, March 4th contest on Joe and Cathi Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Governors enter the midweek outing seeking to stop a two-game overall losing streak while continuing their two-game home win streak.
Austin Peay saw its bats stifled in a weather-shortened series at Indiana State, dropping both contests in Indiana.
However, the Govs won their last two games at home sweeping a February 24th doubleheader against Northern Illinois.
Lipscomb makes the quick trip north for its first road game this season. The Bisons ended a nine-game season-opening homestand by suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of Xavier last weekend.
Entering this week’s action, Austin Peay has played the nation’s 45th toughest schedule — and toughest among all OVC programs. The Govs have played a pair of teams with nine wins in the first three weekends – Vanderbilt and Indiana State – and an eight-win Kentucky squad.
Senior catcher David Martinez is batting 11-for-23 (.478) during his current seven-game hit streak. He has pushed his season average to team-leading .462, which ranks fifth among Division I catchers.
Center fielder Garrett Spain has a hit in eight games and a RBI in seven of his first nine. He has reached base safely in all nine games this season and is ranked 22nd among Division I freshmen in batting average (.382).
Utility man Parker Phillips has reached base safely in all nine games this season and leads the Govs with nine runs scored and nine walks after three weekends.
Freshman designated hitter Matt Joslin has reached base safely in each of his first four games, including a game-tying two-run single in the ninth inning at Vanderbilt, February 27th.
Junior utility man Malcolm Tipler has seen five of his first nine hits this season go for extra bases, including four doubles.
Freshman Gino Avros made four consecutive starts at third base before coming off the bench in Saturday’s series finale at Indiana State. He had a RBI in both contests against the Sycamores.
Sophomore shortstop Bobby Head has seen two of his three hits leave the yard in 2019. Those two homers account for all of his five RBI this season.
Redshirt senior second baseman Garrett Kueber was moved down in the order in Saturday’s contest at Indiana State and broke a three-game hitless streak with a RBI single in the seventh inning.
Sophomore transfer Griffin Rivers posted his first collegiate hit with a pinch-hit single in Friday’s contest at Indiana State.
Senior catcher Alex Sala started Game 2 of the 2019 season behind the plate and has seen action four times off the bench for the Govs.
Toeing The Rubber
Right-hander Tyler Thompson will get the midweek nod for a second-straight week after starting the Govs victory at No. 1 Vanderbilt last Wednesday.
Thompson did not factor into the decision against the Commodores but did not issue a walk in his 3.1-inning outing while striking out five batters.
Austin Peay starting pitchers have combined for a 2-3 record and 4.14 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched (10.25 K/9).
The Governors bullpen has 37 strikeouts in 34.2 innings (9.61 K/9).
Austin Peay pitchers have picked off seven baserunners in the season’s first nine games.
APSU Govs vs. Lipscomb Bisons
Austin Peay and Lipscomb have met annually since 1957 with 138 meetings dating back to 1931.
The Govs own a narrow 71-66-1 margin in the series, but have won 23 of the last 29 meetings dating back to 2004.
The teams split last season’s home-and-home set with the home team winning each meeting.
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