Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University baseball team wraps up their week-end series against the Iowa Hawkeyes today at Raymond C. Hand Park at 1:00pm. The series is tied at 1-1 with the rubber game of the match this afternoon.
Austin Peay Baseball Team
Austin Peay got the series started with an impressive 4-2 victory behind solid pitching from Lee Rinenhour, who struck out seven batters over seven innings, and catcher P.J. Torres hitting for three parts of the cycle for the win.The game turned into a pitcher’s duel over the final five innings. Austin Peay would surrender a run in the seventh when reliever Kacy Kemmer surrendered a pair of base hits, including a two-out RBI single to shortstop Jacob Yacinich. Iowa’s staff combined for five scoreless innings, but it was too little too late.
Ridenhour picked up the victory in his Govs debut, allowing one run on one hit over seven innings while striking out seven and walking none. Rogers picked up the season-opening save after retiring Iowa in order in the ninth.
Saturday’s contest was all Iowa.
Austin Peay could not create enough opportunities while an aggressive Iowa side converted on several opportunities to hand the Govs a 13-1 loss.
Austin Peay (1-1) certainly helped the Iowa cause throughout with little miscues defensively.
The Govs failed to covert what appeared to be a routine double play in the fifth that allowed a run to score instead of ending the inning. A miscommunication in the sixth allowed a runner to score from third on a ball hit just 10 feet from home plate. Add in a pair of missed cutoff men in the first and ninth innings and Austin Peay head coach Gary McClure has reason to talk to his team for nearly 20 minutes after the game concluded.
The Govs also struggled at the plate, with only one prime scoring opportunity which presented itself in the second inning. Austin Peay put two runners on base with no outs and scored a run on catcher P.J. Torres‘ single. However, the Govs saw a runner cut down attempting to steal third base followed by a strikeout to quickly place two outs on the board. Center fielder Dylan Riner kept the inning alive with a bunt single, moving Torres to third, but Iowa starter Matt Dermody escaped by inducing a fly-out to end the inning.
The weather is expected to be perfect for baseball this afternoon. Austin Peay will start pitcher A.J Gaura, while the Hawkeyes will go with Calvin Mathews.
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