APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s baseball team makes its third-straight and 26th all-time appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference’s Baseball Championship when it meets Jacksonville State in a 9:00am, Wednesday contest at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama.
Every game of the tournament can be viewed for free online by visiting the OVC Digital Network website.
Links for all digital products involving the Governors are available on LetsGoPeay.com – the official website of Austin Peay athletics.
Govs Quintet Earns OVC Honors
Five Govs players, led by First-Team All-OVC starting pitcher Michael Costanzo , received postseason recognition from the OVC’s coaches and baseball sports information directors, Tuesday.
In addition, pitcher Harley Gollert  was named to the OVC’s All-Freshman team.
Austin Peay has appeared in the tournament in each of head coach Travis Janssen ‘s first three seasons, compiling a 4-4 record in the previous two showings.
The Govs have won their last three tourney-opening games.
Austin Peay also is ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in doubles per game (12th, 2.20), total home runs (20th, 65), scoring (13th, 7.3 runs per game) and total walks (10th, 294) entering the tournament.
First baseman Parker Phillips  has been on a tear in the season’s second half, leading APSU with a .392 batting average, 15 home runs and 35 RBI since April 1st; he is ranked among Division I’s Top 20 in home runs (5th, 19) and RBI per game (20th, 1.18).
Second baseman Garrett Giovannelli  has reached base in 52 of the 54 games he has played this season; he is ranked among Division I’s leaders in both total doubles (4th, 25) and runs scored (21st, 58).
Third baseman Garrett Kueber  has a hit in eight of his 10 games since his return to the lineup, May 5th, and a RBI in seven of those contests.
Shortstop Bobby Head  is batting .345 (10-29) with a team-best 10 RBI in May, including his first collegiate home run at Clemson, May 11th.
Center fielder Imani Willis  has eight hits in May, four of those going for extra bases, and has two of his four sac bunts.
Outfielder Kyle Wilson  has reached base safely in 25 straight games dating back to April 6 and is batting .323 (31-96) with 16 RBI, 10 doubles and three home runs during the streak.
Right fielder Nick Walker  seeks a return to his April form that saw him bat .361 with five home runs and 18 RBI during the month’s 16 games.
Catcher Alex Sala  has earned 10 walks in his 10 May appearances, posting a .353 on-base percentage.
Catcher David Martinez  is batting .300 in his five May outings, including a 2-for-3 outing against Eastern Illinois that saw him hit a double and home run.
First baseman John McDonald  was the starting designated hitter in six games during Tipler’s absence and has batted .292 with a home run and three RBI in eight May outings.
Toeing The Rubber
Starters Michael Costanzo  (17.1 IP), Jacques Pucheu  (17.0), Josh Rye  (16.1) and reliever Brett Newberg  (14.0) have combined to toss more than two-thirds of the total innings (96) in the month.
Costanzo has opened every series in 2018 and compiled an 9-1 record and 4.27 ERA; he is the second Govs pitcher to record 100 strikeouts in a season.
Left-hander Josh Rye  made the Game 3 start in the Govs final regular-season contest and has posted a 4.95 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his last four starts, all since April 24th.
Right-hander Brandon Vial  made five consecutive starts as the Govs No. 3 prior to missing the regular-season finale for precautionary reasons. He compiled a 5.70 ERA and held opponents to a .274 batting average in those five starts.