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Austin Peay State University Governors Baseball hosts #17 Tennessee Vols

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team’s long-awaited home opener arrives at last when No. 17 Tennessee visits for a 4:30pm, Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 match on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay State University Baseball hosts Tennessee Wednesday. (APSU Sports Information)

The game will be televised on ESPN+.

The Govs Sports Radio Network will join the game in progress following the conclusion of the APSU women’s basketball game.

The Governors broke into the win column to close out last weekend’s series against Army, rallying from a 7-5 deficit to win 12-7. First baseman John McDonald started to make his presence felt, going 4-for-8 with two doubles and a team-leading four RBI in the series. Center fielder Garrett Spain went 3-for-10 for the second-straight series but was held to a lone RBI against Army.

Tennessee enters the weekend after picking up an extra-inning victory against Indiana State, Sunday, bouncing back from back-to-back losses to open the set. Jordan Beck leads the Vols with three home runs (seven extra-base hits) and 12 RBI this season. Wednesday starter Camden Sewell will be making his season’s first start after two relief appearances totaling 5.1 innings this season.

Inside The Tennessee Series

The Series: Tennessee leads, 20-5
Last Meeting: UT def. APSU, 9-4 (May 7th, 2019)
Series Streak:  UT, 4 wins    Govs Last Win: April 24th, 2012 (8-4)
Notably: Austin Peay and Tennessee meet for the eighth time since 2008 (14 seasons). It is only the second time the teams have played at Raymond C. Hand Park, UT winning a 5-3 decision in Clarksville during the 2011 season.

Probable Starters

Midweek: Luke Brown (RSo., RHP) vs. Camden Sewell (Jr., RHP)

First Hacks

Austin Peay State University hasn’t been afraid to throw different players into the lineup this season with 15 different hitters recording a start this season. Only 3 Govs – center fielder Garrett Spain, catcher Jack Alexander and third baseman Gino Avros – have started all 6 games.

Left fielder TJ Foreman finished the Army series with hits in back-to-back games, including a triple in the finale. He scored 3 times and stole 2 bases in the final 2 games.  



Preseason All-OVC center fielder Garrett Spain went 3-for-6 with 3 walks in the Army series’ final two games after moving into the No. 2 spot in the lineup. However, he was limited to 1 RBI during the series.

Right fielder Skyler Luna started the first two games in right field against Army before coming off the bench in Game 3. He had 1 hit in the set, but it was a RBI double in the series opener.

Third baseman Gino Avros was held without a hit against Army but earned 4 walks – 2 each in the series’ final two games. He has 5 walks in 6 games this season.

Transfer Xavier Torres was the Govs’ Opening Day starter at shortstop and recorded his first collegiate base hit and a walk in the opener at DBU. He has 3 walks this season.

Preseason All-OVC first baseman John McDonald started Games 2 & 3 against Army, finishing the series with a 3-for-5, 4 RBI performance that including a double.

Bobby Head has played all four infield positions in the season’s first 6 games. He closed the Army set with a 2-for-4, 3 RBI effort Sunday that included his season’s first home run.  

Catcher Jack Alexander’s has started behind the plate in 5 of the Govs’ 6 games this season. He went 3-for-13 in the Army series, including a 2-for-4 outing in the opener.

Right fielder Jeremy Wagner started Games 1 & 3 against Army and closed the weekend with a 2-for-5, two RBI performance that included a double for his first extra-base hit at APSU.

Designated hitter Ty DeLancey got the Opening Day start and picked up a base hit in the opener.

Catcher Tyler Cotto and designated hitters Harrison Brown and Reid Brown each made their first start this season during the Army series.


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