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Austin Peay State University Baseball co-hosts SAF Dirt Classic, Thursday-Sunday

Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 10:21 pm In Sports | No Comments

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – After opening the season with a series victory, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team turns its attention to the 2020 SAF Dirt Classic, which it will co-host with three other Middle Tennessee teams, Thursday-Sunday, on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay State University Baseball will co-host the 2020 SAF Dirt Classic on the Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park, Thursday-Sunday. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Baseball will co-host the 2020 SAF Dirt Classic on the Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park, Thursday-Sunday. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University opens the event with a 3:00pm, Thursday contest against Missouri State, which was picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference’s preseason poll.

The Govs then host Southern Conference preseason favorite Samford at 3:00pm, Friday.

Two more Missouri Valley Conference teams visit over the weekend. Bradley, which was picked fifth in the MVC preseason poll, hits the field for a 1:00pm, Saturday matchup. Evansville, picked sixth in the MVC poll, rounds out the weekend with a 1:00pm, Sunday contest.

The Governors opened 2020 with a 2-1 series victory against Eastern Michigan. Redshirt freshman Skyler Luna [1] opened his Govs career with six hits (.462 batting average) and a team-leading five RBI. Ten different Austin Peay State University hitters posted a base hit and 11 finished the weekend with an RBI.

3:00pm, Thursday, Feb. 20 3:00pm, Friday, Feb. 21 1:00pm, Saturday, Feb. 22 1:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 23
PROJECTED STARTERS
APSU: Nolan Monaghan [2]
(LHP | 0-0, 11.57 ERA, 3.85 K/9)
MSU: Matt Russell
(RHP | 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.50 K/9)Monaghan will make his first start since April 23, 2019. He appeared in relief against Eastern Michigan, Saturday, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 2.1 innings of work behind starter Hayden Josephson [3].
PROJECTED STARTERS
APSU: Harley Gollert [4]
 (LHP | 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6.75 K/9)
SU: Sam Strickland
(LHP | 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.60 K/9)Making his first appearance in nearly 11 months, Gollert was solid in the season opener, holding Eastern Michigan to 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 3 in 4.0 innings. He missed the bulk of 2019 due to an arm injury.
PROJECTED STARTERS
APSU: Hayden Josephson [3]
 (RHP | 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.75 K/9)
BU: TBA
 Josephson put together a solid Governors debut in Game 2 against Eastern Michigan, surrendering 3 unearned runs in 4.0 innings while striking out 3 batters. He did not factor in the final decision with the Govs posting a comeback win.
PROJECTED STARTERS
APSU: Tyler Thompson [5]
(RHP | 1st APSU Start)
UE: Jake McMahill
(RHP | 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 10.80 K/9)Thompson went 4.0 innings in his 2020 debut with EMU picking up 4 runs on 6 hits in the series finale. The Govs offense broke through in the final four innings to secure the victory.
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First Hacks

Sophomore center fielder Garrett Spain [8] posted 3 hits in the EMU series finale after the Eagles spent the first 2 games staying away from him. He finished the series with a .571 on-base percentage (4 BB, 1 HBP)

Transfer freshman Skyler Luna [1] has a hit and RBI in each of his first 3 games as a Governor, including a 3-for-5 outing in the EMU series finale. He has 6 hits and 5 RBI in those 3 games.

Junior transfer outfielder Ty DeLancey [9] began his APSU career with 2 hits in both the EMU opener and finale. He hit a bases-clearing triple in the finale as part of a 2-for-4, 3 RBI outing.

Sophomore Matt Joslin [10] began the season as the Govs designated hitter before making a start at first base. He was held without a hit in the season’s first weekend but had a bases-loaded walk in the series opener.

Freshman Reid Brown [11] was pressed into service in the second inning of 2020, taking over at first base for the injured John McDonald [12]. He began his collegiate career with a home run on his first swing and had 4 hits and 4 RBI in his first weekend.

Senior second baseman Malcolm Tipler [13] scored each of the 5 times he reached base in the season-opening weekend. He also hit 2 doubles and a pair of sacrifice flies to push across 2 runs.

Junior shortstop Bobby Head [14] finished the EMU weekend with an impressive 4-for-5, 3 RBI performance that including a game-winning 2-run home run in the sixth inning. Defensively, he started four of Austin Peay State University’s six double plays during the series.

Sophomore third baseman Gino Avros [15] fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in Game 2 of the Eastern Michigan series, going 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI.

Junior transfer catcher Alex Hay [16] started 2 of the 3 games against EMU. He had 2 hits and 3 RBI during the weekend, including a solo home run in Game 2 of the series.

Out Of The Bullpen

Junior transfer Austin Carder [17] assumed the role of closer during the opening weekend, promptly striking out three of the four batters he faced in Game 2 of the EMU series for his first save.

Senior Tucker Weaver [18] was the setup man for Carder, providing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in Game 2 to pick up the victory. EMU mustered just one hit (.167 BAA) against him.

On Deck In The Midweek

Austin Peay State University will finish its season-opening eight game homestand by hosting Western Kentucky in a 3:00pm, Tuesday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park. It is the first game in the annual home-and-home series between the Govs and Hilltoppers.


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[1] Skyler Luna: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7944

[2] Nolan Monaghan: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7920

[3] Hayden Josephson: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7935

[4] Harley Gollert: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7911

[5] Tyler Thompson: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7925

[6] Listen: http://bit.ly/2LhpndT

[7] Live Stats: http://bit.ly/1I0kUYN

[8] Garrett Spain: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7924

[9] Ty DeLancey: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7942

[10] Matt Joslin: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7914

[11] Reid Brown: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7930

[12] John McDonald: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7918

[13] Malcolm Tipler: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7926

[14] Bobby Head: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7912

[15] Gino Avros: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7907

[16] Alex Hay: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7928

[17] Austin Carder: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7932

[18] Tucker Weaver: https://letsgopeay.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7927

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