Austin Peay (3-4) at Western Kentucky (5-2)
Tuesday, February 24th, 2020 | 3:00pm CT
Bowling Green, KY | Nick Denes Field
Clarksville, TN – Due to Monday’s heavy rain, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team has agreed to switch home dates with Western Kentucky. The Governors now will travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky for a 3:00pm, Tuesday contest at Nick Denes Field.
In addition, the March 17th contest scheduled between the Governors and Hilltoppers will be played in Clarksville at a time to be announced.
Austin Peay State University fans with a ticket for Tuesday’s contest will be able to use that ticket for the March 17th date.
Austin Peay State University closed last weekend’s SAF Dirt Classic with a comeback 18-11 victory against Evansville, Sunday. Nine different Govs recorded an RBI in the victory with junior shortstop Bobby Head and junior catcher Alex Hay each posting three RBI to lead the effort.
In the season’s first two weeks sophomore third baseman Gino Avros is pacing the APSU Govs with 10 hits and is the only player to reach safely in each of the first seven games. Head also has 10 hits while Hay and freshman outfielder Skyler Luna each have a team-leading seven RBI.
Western Kentucky is off to a 5-2 start in 2020 with loss No. 2 coming in a Sunday series finale against Wright State. The Hilltoppers own a win against an Ohio Valley Conference member already this season; they held off Murray State, 7-6, last Tuesday in Bowling Green. WKU’s pitching staff has been its strength in the season’s first two weeks, posting 3.09 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched.
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APSU: Hayden Josephson
(RHP | 0-1, 9.64 ERA, 5.79 K/9)
WKU: Riley Boyd
(RHP | 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 K/9)Josephson will climb the hill again, Tuesday, just days after battling through a rough start against Bradley, Saturday. He was unable to escape the first inning against the Braves, allowing six hits and a walk to the 10 batters he faced.
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Austin Peay State University sophomore third baseman Gino Avros extended his reached safely streak to 21 games after reaching safely in all 4 games of the SAF Dirt Classic. He has a hit in 6 of this season’s 7 games and a walk in 4 games.
Junior transfer catcher Alex Hay’s first multi-hit game – a 3-for-4, 3 RBI effort against Evansville – pushed him to a team-leading .412 batting average and he is tied for the team lead with 7 RBI.
Transfer freshman Skyler Luna was hitless against Samford, Friday, but bounced back with a hit against Bradley and a pinch-hit RBI single against Evansville. He is tied for the team lead with 7 RBI with an RBI in 5 of 7 games.
Junior shortstop Bobby Head enjoyed a 2-for-5, 3 RBI outing against Evansville, Sunday, to extend his hit streak to 3 games. He is tied for the team lead in hits (10) and is second in RBI (6).
Senior second baseman Malcolm Tipler went 3-for-5 against Evansville, Sunday, in his first start in left field. He started the season’s first 6 games at second base and reached base safely in 6 of the first 7 games.
Sophomore center fielder Garrett Spain hit his season’s first home run, Sunday, against Evansville. He’s off to a slow start in the hit column (.192 BA) but has 6 walks and 2 HBP (.382 OBP).
Sophomore Matt Joslin snapped a season-opening 3-game hitless streak with a double against Bradley, Saturday, before turning in 2 hits and 2 RBI against Evansville, Sunday.
Freshman Reid Brown has started 5 of the season’s first 7 games (3 DH/2 1B). He has a hit in 4 of his first 7 games played and has scored in each of his last 4 times reaching base (3 BB, 1 H).
Off the bench, Austin Peay State University pinch hitters are batting .364 (4-for-11) a home run (senior Tyler Hubbard) and two RBI.
Out Of The Bullpen
Junior transfer Austin Carder assumed the role of closer during the opening weekend. He has 2 appearances this season, striking out 4 batters in 2 innings of work.
Senior Tucker Weaver has taken up the setup role for Carder. He has 2 of Austin Peay State University’s 3 wins this season and has 3 relief appearances with 3 strikeouts in 4 innings.