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Austin Peay State University Baseball comes from behind to beat Western Kentucky 3-1

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Baseball

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsBowling Green, KY – Shut out through seven innings, Austin Peay State University’s baseball team rallied for three runs in the final two innings to secure a 3-1 victory against Western Kentucky, Wednesday night, at Nick Denes Field.

The win was Austin Peay head coach Gary McClure’s 776th career win, tying the Ohio Valley Conference record for career wins set by former Murray State head coach Johnny Reagan.

Second baseman Jordan Hankins' two-run, ninth-inning double provided the game-winning runs in Austin Peay's 3-1 victory at Western Kentucky, Wednesday. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information) [1]

Second baseman Jordan Hankins’ two-run, ninth-inning double provided the game-winning runs in Austin Peay’s 3-1 victory at Western Kentucky, Wednesday. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Western Kentucky (16-13) scratched out an early run off APSU starter Jared Carkuff, capitalizing on a leadoff walk in the second inning when catcher Ryan Messex singled past second baseman Jordan Hankins. It would be the only scoring opportunity the Hilltoppers would have as the Govs pitching staff limited WKU to six base runners the game’s remainder, none reaching scoring position.

Austin Peay (24-5) could not solve Western Kentucky’s pitching through the opening seven frames. The Govs had a runner in scoring position with one out in both the first and second innings but could not get the run home. Austin Peay put a runner on third with one out in both the sixth and seventh, but again were turned away and trailed 1-0 after seven innings.

Cody Hudson [2]The Govs broke through in the eighth as the combination of left fielder Cody Hudson and shortstop Reed Harper connected. Hudson singled up the middle with two outs and promptly stole second base. Harper followed with a single into the right center gap, scoring Hudson to tie the game.

Austin Peay saw the first two batters in the ninth retired before the top of the order extended the inning. Right fielder Rolando Gautier walked and Western Kentucky followed by bringing in closer Ian Tompkins. The move backfired as center fielder Dylan Riner singled into the right center gap and Gautier moved to third.

Jordan Hankins [3]That brought second baseman Jordan Hankins to the plate and he lined an 0-2 pitch into the left center gap. WKU center fielder David Simmons, who entered the game in the ninth, made a diving attempt but could not make the catch. Gautier and Riner scored on the double, giving APSU a 3-1 lead.

Closer Tyler Rogers entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and retired the Hilltoppers in order for his season’s 12th save, tying his own APSU single-season saves mark.

Reliever Don Whitson Jr. (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless eighth innings, striking out one. Carkhuff finished the night without a decision after holding WKU to one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings. Relievers Ryan Quick and Hunter Lindley combined to toss 1.1 scoreless innings.

Hankins had the Govs only multi-hit outing, finishing the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. Austin Peay was held to seven hits in the win, four coming in the final two innings.

WKU reliever Taylor Haydel (0-1) suffered his season’s first loss after allowing one run in 0.2 innings. Hilltoppers starter Jake Thompson held the Govs scoreless over his five-inning outing, striking out three and allowing one hit.

Messex had WKU’s only multi-hit outing, finishing the day 2-for-2 with a RBI. Western Kentucky was held to four hits.

Austin Peay returns home for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Tennessee Tech, beginning with a 6:00pm, Friday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Box Score

Austin Peay at Western Kentucky
April 3rd, 2013 at Bowling Green, KY (Nick Denes Field)

Austin Peay 3 (24-5)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GAUTIER, Rolando rf 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2
RINER, Dylan cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2
HANKINS, Jordan 2b 4 0 2 2 1 0 1 5 0
MASSONI, Craig 3b/1b 5 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 2
HUDSON, Cody lf 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 0
HARPER, Reed ss 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 4 2
DAVIS, Michael dh 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
CARLSON, Brett pr/dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
TORRES, P.J. c 2 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 1
SCHLATTER, Kyle 1b 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0
COREY, Kevin 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
CARKUFF, Jared p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
QUICK, Ryan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LINDLEY, Hunter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WHITSON, Don p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ROGERS, Tyler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 3 7 3 5 7 27 11 10

 

Western Kentucky 1 (16-13)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Crabtree, Blake 3b 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
Wilcox, Scott ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 0
Flaherty, Regan rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 1
Kelly, Devin dh 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Huck, Ryan 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0
Lavelle, Adam lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Messex, Ryan c 2 0 2 1 1 0 8 1 0
Roark, Griffith 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
Hodgins, Steve 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Lowe, Trevor cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
Simmons, David cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thompson,Jake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sowell,Jackson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer, Alex p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bartley, Josh p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Haydel, Taylor p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tompkins, Ian p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 30 1 4 1 3 7 27 9 5

 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Austin Peay......... 000 000 012 -  3  7  0
Western Kentucky.... 010 000 000 -  1  4  0
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DP – WKU 1. LOB – APSU 10; WKU 5. 2B – GAUTIER, R.(5); HANKINS, J.(8); MASSONI, C.(5); Wilcox. HBP – RINER, D.; HARPER, Re.; TORRES, P.. SH – TORRES, P.(4). SB – HUDSON, C.(11); Kelly.

 

Austin Peay ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
CARKUFF, Jared 5.2 4 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 20 21 6 5 78
QUICK, Ryan 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 10
LINDLEY, Hunter 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 7
WHITSON, Don W,1-0 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 16
ROGERS, Tyler S,12 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 9
Western Kentucky ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Thompson,Jake 5.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 3 0 14 19 6 4 72
Sowell,Jackson 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 2 19
Mercer, Alex 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 15
Bartley, Josh 1.1 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 6 2 0 21
Haydel, Taylor L,0-1 0.2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 9
Tompkins, Ian 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 16

 

Win – WHITSON, D. (1-0). Loss – Haydel (0-1). Save – ROGERS, T. (12). HBP – by Thompson (HARPER, Re.); by Thompson (RINER, D.); by Thompson (TORRES, P.). PB – Messex. Inherited runners/scored: QUICK, R. 1/0; Bartley 2/0; Tompkins 1/1. Pitches/strikes: CARKUFF, J. 78/47; QUICK, R. 10/7; LINDLEY, H. 7/2; WHITSON, D. 16/7; ROGERS, T. 9/7; Thompson 72/42; Sowell 19/13; Mercer 15/7; Bartley 21/16; Haydel 9/4; Tompkins 16/10. Umpires – HP: Manny Gonzales 1B: Scott Inman 3B: Lynn Gritton
Start: 6:01 PM Time: 2:49 Attendance: Weather: 51, Overcast, Wind NE17