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APSU Baseball hosts Eastern Michigan to kick off 2020 Season
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 11:47 pm In Sports | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team begins its 81st season when it hosts Eastern Michigan in a three-game series, Saturday-Sunday, on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Govs and Eagles are slated to start the season with a noon, Saturday doubleheader followed by a 1:00pm start, Sunday.
Governors fifth-year head coach Travis Janssen  overseeing a near reconstruction of his roster with 17 newcomers joining 16 returnees for the upcoming 55-game regular season campaign.
Leading that group of returnees is sophomore center fielder Garrett Spain , the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and 2020 Preseason All-OVC selection.
Eastern Michigan is helmed by second-year head coach Eric Roof, who brought in 10 newcomers to bolster his roster. The Eagles will lean pitcher Scott Granzotto and catcher Nick Jones – both seniors returning from 2019 injuries – to lead the squad through its 2020 schedule.
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APSU: Harley Gollert 
(LHP | 0-1, 9.64 ERA, 7 K)
EMU: David Feldman
(RHP | Missed 2019)Gollert makes his return to the mound as the opening day starter after suffering an injury during Week 2 of the 2019 season. He was 3-3 with 3 saves and a 5.91 ERA en route to 2018 OVC All-Freshman team honors in 2018.
APSU: Hayden Josephson 
(RHP | 1st APSU Start)
EMU: Justin Meis
(RHP | 3-7, 7.45 ERA, 42 K)Josephson makes his APSU debut after making 26 starts in two seasons at American River College in California. Last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and struck out 80 batters over 84 innings, but was left with a 3-10 record.
APSU: Tyler Thompson 
(RHP | 1-2, 8.57 ERA, 41 K)
EMU: Scott Granzotto
(LHP | 3-6, 3.88 ERA, 47 K)Thompson is in line to make his 13th start with the Govs after starting 8 games last season. He has 53 career appearances in three seasons, ranking 39th in APSU program history.
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Spain finished his freshman campaign ranked among the OVC Top 10 in runs scored (53) and RBI (52) while his .333 batting average was 11th best among league hitters.
Junior transfer Ty DeLancey  takes over in left field. He ranked 46th among NJCAA hitters in RBI (59) and 95th in runs scored (54) last season at Chattanooga State to earn Second Team All-TCCAA honors.
Sophomore designated hitter Matt Joslin  was the right man in the right spot in 2019. He batted .643 with 20 RBI in 15 bases-loaded opportunities last season, including a pair of grand slams.
Sophomore first baseman John McDonald  bounced back from an early season injury to bat .381 during the final 26 games of the 2019 regular season. He posted a .289 batting average with 14 RBI overall.
Junior Malcolm Tipler  will begin 2020 at second base after starting at four different positions in 2019. He batted .411 (14-of-34) over the final 11 games of 2019 with six extra-base hits (2 HR) and 10 RBI.
Junior Bobby Head  is penciled in as the opening day starter at shortstop for the second consecutive season. He played the first 14 games of 2019 at shortstop before moving to second base. Head posted seven home runs and 23 RBI in 119 at-bats last season.
Freshman third baseman Gino Avros  played in 53 games last season, starting 47 games at third base with the Govs posting a 31-16 record when he started on the hot corner last season.
Austin Peay will have a new group of catchers in 2020 after the departure of four-year stalwarts David Martinez  and Alex Sala , who combined to play in 271 games over the past four seasons. Junior transfer Alex Hay  and freshman Tyler Cotto  will take over behind the plate this season.
The biggest changes for the APSU Govs from a year ago will be featured on the mound. Austin Peay State University saw each of its three weekend arms, setup man and closer depart due to graduation.
Austin Peay State University Baseball does not have a midweek contest scheduled to conclude Week 1. Next up for the APSU Govs is the SAF Dirt Classic with Missouri State, Evansville, Bradley and Samford each visiting RCHP for a single game. That event is scheduled to begin Thursday against Missouri State. Austin Peay State University alumnus Craig Massoni, who is battling cancer, will toss a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
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 Travis Janssen: https://letsgopeay.com/coaches.aspx?rc=3804
 Garrett Spain: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7924
 Harley Gollert: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7911
 Hayden Josephson: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7935
 Tyler Thompson: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7925
 Live Stats: http://bit.ly/1I0kUYN
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 Skyler Luna: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7944
 Ty DeLancey: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7942
 Matt Joslin: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7914
 John McDonald: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7918
 Malcolm Tipler: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7926
 Bobby Head: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7912
 Gino Avros: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7907
 David Martinez: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6499
 Alex Sala: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6507
 Alex Hay: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7928
 Tyler Cotto: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7931
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 Ryan Kouba: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7915
 Sebastian Martinez: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7917
 Austin Carder: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7932
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