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Austin Peay Govs unable to fend off Bisons late charge in midweek loss

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APSU BaseballNashville, TN – First baseman David Martinez [1] 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) [2]

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 [3] driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and third baseman Gino Avros’ [4] 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 [5] 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 [6] who responded by retiring the next two batters without the runner advancing. Another pitching change brought on Greg Leban [7] 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 [8] went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Governors closer Brett Newberg [9] (1-4) surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk in the ninth inning.  Starter Tyler Thompson [10] 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 [1] 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.

Freshman Mark.
A trio of Govs freshmen left their imprint on Tuesday’s game. Third baseman Gino Avros [4] went 2-for-4 with two RBI while center fielder Garrett Spain [12] reached base for the 27th consecutive game with a 1-for-3 effort. Designated hitter Matt Joslin [8] 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.