Day Two - Austin Peay Invitational
GAME FOUR RECAP - IU 9, APSU 1
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay dropped a 9-1 decision to Indiana in game four of the Austin Peay Invitational. The Govs fall to 2-3 overall, while the Hoosiers improve to 2-3.
With runners on base, the Govs were 3-for-24, with the bases loaded, 0-for-4, and with a runner on third base, 0-for-2. Not exactly strong offensive production. In fact, six times the Govs put their leadoff batter on base – twice on base hits, twice on walks, once on an error and once on a hit-batsman – however, getting them on is only the first step.
They only scored him once and that didn’t happen until the bottom of the eighth when Ryan Gilboy – who drew a leadoff walk – would score on a wild pitch.
Senior outfielder Rafael Hill – the lone bright spot – finished 3-for-5 to lead a lifeless Govs offense.
The Hoosiers, on the other hand, had no trouble at the plate in rapping out 16 hits. Andrew Means and Evan Crawford each had three hits, while Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz each had two. Schutz also led Indiana with three RBIs.
Matt Bashore (1-1), Indiana’s starter, held the Govs scoreless over the first six innings, scattering four hits, walking three and striking out five. Chris McCombs allowed one run on one hit in two innings of relief and Chris Squires struck out three of the five batters he faced in the ninth.
The Govs showed control on the mound, allowing only one walk on the day, but also the inability to miss bats. Starter David Vicini (0-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings. Jeff Lykins, who came out to start the sixth inning, allowed five runs on five hits in one-third of inning.
After the five-run sixth inning, the Govs bullpen allowed only three hits over the final three innings.
Austin Peay Invitational
Illinois State 9, Valparaiso 3
Indiana 9, Austin Peay 1
11 a.m. - Valparaiso vs. Indiana
2:30 p.m. - Illinois State vs. Austin Peay
The Govs will have to put this one behind them as they get set to take on hard-hitting Illinois State in a 2:30 p.m., Sunday, contest to wrap up the Austin Peay Invitational.
GAME THREE RECAP - ISU 9, VALPO 3
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Illinois State improved to 3-2 overall with a 9-3 win over Valparaiso, Saturday at Raymond C. Hand Park. Austin Peay and Indiana play the day's second game at 2:30 p.m.
A six-run third inning made the difference for Illinois State, helping them jump to 8-1 lead early. The runs came in pairs for the Redbirds - a two-RBI double by Ronnie Calvird and a pair of two-run home runs by Kevin Dubler and and Corey Maines - capping their big inning.
The Crusaders continued to struggle offensively, plating single runs in the first, fourth and sixth.
Starter Alex Berry (0-2) was harassed early for eight runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings of work. The bullpen actually held strong, allowing only one run over the game's final 6.2 innings.
Ryan Copeland (2-0) got the win for Illinois State, giving up three runs on seven htis while striking out six. Dubler amassed a 4-for-5 effort with four RBIs, while Maines and Kevin Tokarski each had two hits for the Redbirds.
Day One - Austin Peay Invitational
GAME TWO RECAP - APSU 5, VALPO 4
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay's baseball team took advantage of the Valparaiso bullpen, mounting a ninth-inning rally to win 5-4, Friday, at the Austin PEay Invitational.
Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, Austin Peay’s head coach Gary McClure had a simple objective. Be patient at the plate and let things happen, don’t force it.
“We had to get stingier at the plate and not swing early in the count,” McClure said. “We’ve got to see some pitches and battle in order to get good at-bats. Early in the game, most of our at-bats were done on the first two pitches.”
The Crusaders brought out their closer Elliot Gibbs to slam the door with a three-run lead, but his second pitch hit Govs catcher Trey Lucas in the helmet. Will Houge then ripped a single past the shortstop and Chad Cunningham beat out a swinging bunt with a dive into first base, loading the bases. Zach Upton drew a walk to score Lucas and the Govs closed the book on Gibbs.
Matt Stucky replaced Gibbs and promptly hit Josh Kemph, scoring Houge and making it a one-run, 4-3, game. Rafael Hill drew another walk to score Cunningham and tie it at 4-4, chasing Stucky after only two batters.
Austen Siwiec was next out of the Crusaders pen and his run would be short-lived as well. His second pitch was blooped in between first and second base in the infield grass. First baseman Ryan O’Gara charged and had it, but lost it out of his glove. Siwiec then picked it up and overthrew home allowing Daniel Baggett – who replaced Upton as a pinch-runner – to score the gamewinner.
“This was a good win for us,” McClure said. “The biggest thing is that we didn’t beat ourselves defensively tonight. We got solid pitching from (Stephen) Huff and (Ryne) Harper. I thought Huff threw a great game. Even after they got the lead, Harper came in and kept us right there.”
Huff, making his season’s second start, struck out eight in seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. The sophomore from Nashville didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. All-in-all, he induced seven fly balls and six groundouts on the day. Harper (1-0) picked up the win, pitching 2.0 relief innings, allowing one run on one hit.
The Govs finished with seven hits, two coming off the bat of Hogue – a double and a single. Five other Govs reached on singles.
Valparaiso starter Bryce Shafer allowed one run on four hits, while striking out seven and walking one in 7.2 innings of work. The Crusaders bullpen, however, managed to record only one out (the final out of the eighth inning) but allowed four runs on two hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. Gibbs (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
The Austin Peay Invitational continues when Valparaiso takes on Illinois State at 11 a.m., Saturday, followed by the Govs-Indiana matchup at 2:30 p.m.
GAME ONE RECAP - ISU 12, IU 5
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Illinois State won game the opening game of the Austin Peay Invitational, 12-5, over Indiana, after a one-hour rain delay, Friday.
The Redbirds scored once in the first inning and the Hoosiers answered with a run in the top of the third. However, Illinois State scored four runs in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back one-out doubles plated the first run and Corey Maines launched a three-run home run to right center, giving the Redbirds a 5-1 lead.
After scroing one run in the fifth, Indiana would score three more in the sixth, tying the game at 5-5. Illinois State, however, answered with five runs in the bottom, extending its lead to 10-5. ISU would score twice more in the seventh, setting the final 12-5 margin.
The two teams put on an offensive display, even on a soppy field, combining for 17 runs and 29 hits. Seven Redbirds had at least two hits. Maines finished 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Ronnie Calvird posted a 3-for-5 day with two RBI. Andrew Means led Indiana going 4-for-5 with two triples. Michael Earley was the only other Hoosier with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Illinois State takes on Valparaiso in a 11 a.m., Saturday, game, while Indiana plays Austin Peay in the late game.