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Austin Peay Govs unable hold lead in loss at Evansville

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUEvansville, IN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team paid dearly for two late defensive miscues, surrendering unearned runs in the sixth and ninth innings in a 6-5 loss to Evansville, Thursday night at Braun Stadium.

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Evansville Thursday night. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Evansville Thursday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (25-26) got out to a quick start offensively, scoring five runs in the first three innings. However, Evansville scored the game’s final six runs to rally past the Govs for the win.

Trailing 5-4 after five innings, Evansville (29-22) started its game-tying rally with an innocuous one-out walk by left fielder Korbin Williams. He would get to third on a Governors throwing error and scored on catcher Billy Lipari’s sacrifice fly.

The Purple Aces game-winning rally in the ninth with a one out single. The Governors traded that runner for an out on a fielder’s choice then appeared to get out of the inning when reliever Levi Primasing [2] induced another ground ball.

However, it eluded the Governors defense, extending the inning. After an intentional walk to load the bases, the Govs turned to reliever A.J. Gaura [3] but he hit the only batter he faced to end the game.

Austin Peay struck for three runs in the first when first baseman Alex Robles [4] drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and left fielder Patrick Massoni [5] drove in two runs with a triple.

The Govs two-run third inning started when right fielder Josh Wilson [6] and second baseman Garrett Copeland [7] each reached base safely to start the inning. Massoni drove in a run with a sacrifice drive and designated hitter Dre Gleason [8] followed with a RBI single for a 5-0 lead.

Primasing (2-2) was the hard-luck loser after allowing one unearned run on two hits and walk in 2.1 innings of relief. Starting pitcher Jared Carkuff [9] allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 6.1 innings.

Massoni paced the Govs offense with a 1-for-2, three RBI outing. Wilson went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

Evansville reliever Conor Gilligan (3-1) picked up the win after finishing the game with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Second baseman Tyler Sullivan and shortstop Stewart Nelson each had two hits to lead Evansville.

Austin Peay and Evansville continue their three-game set with a 6 p.m., Friday contest at Braun Stadium.