APSU Sports Information
Carbondale, IL – First baseman John McDonald hit his first home run and drove in four runs but Austin Peay State University’s baseball team could not hang on to an early lead in a 10-6 loss to Southern Illinois, Wednesday afternoon.
McDonald, who made his season’s first start at first base, provided a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give Austin Peay (16-13) a 5-3 lead. It was one of his three hits – each driving in a run – for his second three-hit game this season.
Southern Illinois (15-13) needed an inning to piece together its comeback, stringing together six consecutive hits in a five-run sixth inning to take the lead.
Left fielder Alex Lyon supplied the go-ahead run with the fourth single in the streak.
Designated hitter Drew Curtis followed with a sixth consecutive single to drive in a securing run.
McDonald’s 3-for-5 outing paced the Governors 10-hit attack. Right fielder Kyle Wilson  went 2-for-5, including a two-run single in the fourth that gave Austin Peay its first lead.
Reliever Josh Rye  (0-3), the fourth of seven Austin Peay pitchers used in the contest, surrendered four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks in an inning-plus of work and was left with the loss.
Lyon led Southern Illinois with a 3-for-4 outing that saw him score three times. Five other Saluki hitters had two hits each and all 10 batters used had a base hit in a 17-hit outing.
Noah Farmer (2-0), the second Salukis pitcher, picked up the win after striking out four batters in two innings while allowing two runs. Trey McDaniel picked up the save after retiring tow of the three batters he faced.
Giovannelli’s Streak Hits 35
Second baseman Garrett Giovannelli  extended his reached safely streak to 35 games with a ninth-inning walk. His streak is now tied for fourth longest since 1996, equaling the 35-game streak pieced together by Lance Wampler during the 2000 season. However, his 14-game hit streak came to an end in an 0-for-4 outing.
Tipler Streak Now At 13
Third baseman Malcolm Tipler  followed Giovannelli’s walk with a single in the ninth inning. The base hit extended his hit streak to 13 games, now the longest active streak among Governors hitters.
McDonald’s Second 3-Hitter
After becoming the first Govs hitter to post a three-hit outing this season – in the season’s third game against Illinois – he notched the 16th three-hit or better outing this season. His career-high four RBI was the seventh outing of three or more RBI in 2018.
Up Next for APSU Baseball
Austin Peay continues its six-game road trip with a pivotal three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Belmont, Friday-Sunday, at E.S. Rose Park. The weekend set is a matchup between teams tied for fourth place in the OVC standings entering the weekend.