JACKSON, Tenn. - The relief pitching of Zane Leffew and the RBI bat of Greg Bachman kept Austin Peay alive in the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tourney, Saturday afternoon, as the Governors eliminated Southeast Missouri, 10-6.
The Govs will play Eastern Illinois at 4:20 p.m. EIU is the only unbeaten left in the tourney. If APSU wins against the Panthers, the two teams will meet again, noon, Sunday, for the title. If APSU loses, EIU will o
Leffew, coming in relief in the second inning, threw a career-high 6.2 innings of relief, allowing just four hits and three runs. He eradicated APSU from a bases-loaded no-out jam in the second. With APSU trailing 1-0, he induced a double-play grounder that saw SEMO go up 2-0. But he finished off the inning by getting the third out.
That was the spark APSU's offense needed. The Govs scored three times in the third and three more in the fourth to go up 6-2. SEMO would cut it to 6-5 in the fourth but would not tie as Leffew, Tyler Rogers and Mike Hebert combined to slam the door on SEMO until the ninth.
Bachman, who had four hits against Jacksonville State, Friday, had four more against SEMO, including a key two-run single in the third. He also two more RBI, one coming after second baseman Jordan Hankins broke open the game with a two-run double.