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INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES
With inclement weather forecast for this weekend's OVC series, fans should be advised the schedule may change. Schedule updates will be available via Austin Peay's athletics website (LetsGoPeay.com) or on Twitter @APSUBaseball and @LetsGoPeay.
|PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS|
|Austin Peay Starter
|LHP Zach Hall (Jr., 6-2, 5.45 ERA)
RHP Caleb Wilkerson (Fr., 2-4, 6.00 ERA)
|RHP Casey Delgado (Sr., 7-2, 4.50 ERA)
LHP Tony Schaeffer (Sr., 2-4, 4.07 ERA)
|RHP Ryan Quick (Jr., 5-2, 5.79 ERA)
APSU: #30 (NCBWA), RV (USA TODAY)
SIUE: Not receiving votes
GOVS WRAP REGULAR-SEASON WITH OVC SET AGAINST SIU EDWARDSVILLE
Austin Peay’s nationally-ranked baseball team will put its nine-game win streak on the line when it hosts SIU Edwardsville in a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series, beginning with a 6 p.m., Thursday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Govs have won 13 of their last 14 contests, including an 11-1 mark in the OVC. They enter this weekend’s series seeking to move up two spots in the OVC standings to secure a pivotal first-round bye in next week’s tournament. SIU Edwardsville visits Clarksville after posting an impressive 2-1 non-conference series win at Southern Mississippi, a team that was ranked among the top 100 in RPI, last weekend. The Cougars will be concluding a stretch of four games in four days, hosting Evansville in a Wednesday contest before their trip south.
GOVERNORS QUICK HITS
Austin Peay entered the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll this week at No. 30, the first national ranking in program history… The Govs have won 13 of its their 14, including a current nine-game win streak… entering the regular season’s final weekend, APSU sits 4th in the OVC race with a 19-7 league mark, 2½ games behind league-leading Tennessee Tech (22-5) with 2nd place Belmont (21-6) sitting 1½ games ahead… junior first baseman Craig Massoni is challenging for the OVC’s first Triple Crown since 1982, leading the league in batting average (.386) and home runs (13) and sitting second in RBI (60), three behind the leader… Massoni was 9-for-14 (.643) with three home runs and seven RBI in last weekend’s UT Martin series and was named adidas® OVC Co-Player of the Week… senior outfielder Cody Hudson was held without a hit at Memphis and has three hits in his last four games… junior third baseman Jordan Hankins brings a 6-game hit streak into the weekend, he is batting .400 with 7 RBI during the streak… right fielder Rolando Gautier received a day of rest, April 24, and has responded with a 10-game hit streak that has seen him bat .364 (16-for-44)… shortstop Reed Harper is batting .609 (14-for-23) with 7 doubles during his five-game hit streak with a 5-hit, 3-hit and three 2-hit outings… center fielder Dylan Riner has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games and has six hits and three RBI in his last three games… catcher P.J. Torres has four hits in his last three games, including two doubles and has started four consecutive games… sophomore Brett Carlson posted his first career 3-hit outing, going 3-for-3 at Memphis… the Govs have used six different players at designated hitter this season… junior Zach Hall will take the mound for his second consecutive start as the Govs No. 1 starter with a 3-1 record and 3.72 ERA during his last four… senior Casey Delgado, the Govs No. 2, struck out 16 batters at UT Martin last weekend and was named the adidas® OVC Co-Pitcher of the Week – 68 of his league-leading 88 strikeouts have come in OVC play… junior Ryan Quick returns to the mound for the regular-season finale with a 2-0 record, 1.93 ERA and 22 strikeouts (10.60 K/9) in his last three starts.
THE SIUE COUGARS
SIU Edwardsville has won seven of its last nine outings (prior to Wednesday’s outing against Evansville), including 2-of-3 from Southern Mississippi last weekend… The Cougars bring a four-game OVC win streak into the weekend, sweeping UT Martin (May 4-5) and winning the finale at Morehead State (April 27)… SIUE can move into a tie with Southeast Missouri for sixth-place with a sweep at APSU, but cannot qualify for the OVC Tournament after losing the regular-season series to the Redhawks… Only five batter have 150 at bats (3.2 per game) this season with another nine batters recording at least 40 at bats… Joel Greatting, who shared the adidas® OVC Co-Player of the Week honors with APSU’s Craig Massoni this week, leading the team with a .337 batting average and 33 RBI (10 RBI in five games last week)… SIUE lost its No. 1 starter, Travis Felax, to injury at Morehead State, April 26… Freshman right-hander Caleb Wilkerson moved into the No. 1 spot the past two weekends, picking up the win in both outings to improve to 2-4 this season… senior left-hander Tony Schaeffer picked up the win in the No. 2 spot at Southern Miss, his second win this season… Senior left-hander Sam Hopkins made his season’s ninth start at Southern Miss and suffered the loss as the SIUE defense committed five errors.
THE GOVERNORS-COUGARS SERIES
Austin Peay holds a 10-8 edge against SIUE in a series that dates to 1973… this will be the second OVC series between the two teams, the Govs winning last season’s match up, 2-1… APSU is 6-2 against SIUE at Raymond C. Hand Park, winning the last six games in Clarksville.
GOVS NEED HELP TO EARN TOP-2 POSITIONING
Entering the regular season’s final weekend, Austin Peay will need assistance to earn one of the two first-round byes in the upcoming OVC Baseball Championship. The Govs, who host SIU Edwardsville, need one more win than Jacksonville State, which hosts Morehead State, to move past the Gamecocks. Tennessee Tech hosts Belmont with the winner picking up at least a share of the OVC regular-season crown. APSU needs two wins more than Belmont and three more wins than Tennessee Tech to pass either team. Sitting fourth entering the weekend, APSU will need to pass two teams in the final weekend to claim a first-round bye. Otherwise, the Govs will start their tournament with a first-round contest, May 22.