Austin Peay Govs unable to fend off Bisons late charge in midweek loss
APSU Sports Information
Nashville, TN – First baseman David Martinez hit a two-run home run, but the Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team could not hold off a late Lipscomb rally in a 9-8 nonconference loss, Tuesday, at Dugan Field.
Lipscomb scores three in the bottom of the ninth inning to get 9-8 win over Austin Peay Baseball, Tuesday. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)
Martinez’ home run in the first inning gave Austin Peay (14-13) an early two-run lead. Lipscomb responded with two runs in its half of the first then three runs in the third to take a 5-2 lead.
Bisons first baseman Cade Sorrells hit a two-run home run and center fielder Maddux Houghton added a solo shot in the third.
The Governors got two runs back in the fourth inning, catcher Alex Sala driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and third baseman Gino Avros’ delivering a run with a double. Austin Peay would regain the lead with another two runs in the sixth inning. Again it was Avros supplying a two-out run-scoring single to tie the game. Garrett Kueber followed with another run-scoring single, and the Govs led 6-5.
After Austin Peay added an insurance run in the seventh, Lipscomb threatened in the eighth. Houghton led off the inning with a single and third baseman David Graves would scoring him with a double into left field. The Govs would call on reliever Ross Walker who responded by retiring the next two batters without the runner advancing. Another pitching change brought on Greg Leban who got a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Lipscomb (15-12) would not be denied in the ninth. The Bisons saw all six of its batters reach bases safely in the inning. Sorrells tied the game with a two-run single. After another pair of singles loaded the bases, Graves delivered the winning play with a ground ball that the drawn-in, five-man Governors infield could not handle, allowing the walk-off run to score.
Martinez finished the day 1-for-4 with two RBI while Avros was 2-for- with two RBI. In addition, designated hitter Matt Joslin went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Governors closer Brett Newberg (1-4) surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk in the ninth inning. Starter Tyler Thompson allowed five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Sorrells paced Lipscomb with a 2-for-4 outing that included four RBI and saw him score three times. Reliever Tyler Sills picked up the win, surrendering a run in the ninth inning.
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David Martinez. First Basemall?
On a day that saw him named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List, senior David Martinez made his first start as a first baseman for the Governors. He promptly made an impact with a two-run home run in the first inning. Defensively, he had a hand in a pair of Governors pick offs at first base.
A trio of Govs freshmen left their imprint on Tuesday’s game. Third baseman Gino Avros went 2-for-4 with two RBI while center fielder Garrett Spain reached base for the 27th consecutive game with a 1-for-3 effort. Designated hitter Matt Joslin got in on the act with a 2-for-5 performance that included an RBI and a run scored.
Next Up For APSU Baseball
APSU Baseball continues its four-game road trip with a 5:00pm (CT), Friday, Ohio Valley Conference contest at Eastern Kentucky.