CLARKSVILLE - Sophomore Ryan Quick allowed one run over six innings to lead Austin Peay State University's baseball team to an 8-2 victory against Youngstown State, Friday night, in opening day action of the 2012 Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The contest was a pitcher's duel between Quick and Youngstown State starter Patrick O'BRein through four innings. Quick allowed four base runners and no runs while O'Brein allowed one run and six baserunners.
O'Brein warmed up to start the bottom of the fifth inning, but did not face a batter as he left the mound in some discomfort. The Penguins were forced to bring in reliever Ryan Krokos in an emergency situation and that was the opening the Govs sought.
Austin Peay (5-3) sent 19 men to the plate in the fifth and sixth innings combined, facing three Youngstown State pitchers, and scored seven runs. Shortstop Reed Harper had RBI hits in each inning - a two run single in the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth. Right fielder Rolando Gautier also had an RBI in each frame and second baseman Jordan Hankins chipped in a two-run double in the sixth.
Youngstown State (0-8) broke up Quick's shutout bid in the sixth, shortstop Phil Lipari batting in first baseman Jeremy Banks who led off the inning with a single. The Penguins would add another run in the seventh after third baseman Drew Dosch reached on a wild pitch and scored on Banks single later in the inning to set the final score.
Quick, who went without a decision in his first two starts, notched his season's first victory after allowing one run over six innings and striking out three. Anderson surrendered the run in the seventh but struck out three in the frame. Kacy Kemmer and Zane Leffew tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.
Harper rebounded from an 0-for-12 outing at Georgia State to lead Austin Peay with a 2-for-5, two RBI effort, Friday. Third baseman Greg Bachman had a team-best 3-for-4 outing.
O'Brein (0-2) suffered the loss despite only allowing one run through four innings while striking out five batters. Banks led the Penguins' offense with a 2-for-5, one RBI effort.
Austin Peay continues play in the Riverview Inn Classic when it meets Iowa in a 2:30 p.m., Saturday contest. Iowa easily defeated Akron in the tournament's first game, 17-3. Youngstown State and Akron will face off in an 11 a.m., Saturday contest.