CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team dropped a twinbill to Lamar, falling 4-1 in the opener and losing 16-2 in the nightcap, Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.
The Govs lost Friday’s game –1-0– courtesy a walk-off home run, and continued its offensive struggles through the doubleheader. In managing only three runs on 11 hits, the Govs also stranded 15 runners on the day. It took six different players to reach the 11 hits, with senior Brooks Hunton (3-for-7, RBI) and junior Daniel Baggett (3-for-5) leading the way.
Defensively, the Govs did not fare much better. The Cardinals pounded out 20 runs on 23 hits, taking advantage of 11 walks and three hit-batsmen. Austin Peay allowed seven unearned runs on five errors.
In game one, the Govs faltered early allowing the opening run courtesy a walk, failed pick-off and a sacrifice bunt. Lamar would go on to score in each of the first three innings to take a quick 3-0 lead. Austin Peay’s run came in the sixth following a one-out double by junior Trey Lucas and Hunton being hit by a pitch. The Cardinals botched the double play on junior Chris Lewellyn’s ground ball to the shortstop, allowing Lucas to score.
Lamar plated the late run capitalizing on a hit by pitch, a walk and two Austin Peay balks, setting the final 4-0 margin. Junior starter Stephen Huff took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits, striking out two and walking two.
In game two, Lamar scored three runs off Govs senior starter in the third for a 3-0 lead. The Govs answered for the first time in the series with two runs in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Greg Bachman reached on a strikeout-wild pitch and junior Matt Kole laced an RBI triple to the right-center gap. Hunton followed with a single through the left side to score Kole and cut the Cardinals lead to a run.
However, three singles to open the bottom of the fourth chased Mantooth and junior reliever Ricky Marshall worked his way out of the jam, allowing only one run. The Govs were silent in the fifth, while Lamar came back with two-run home run to make it 6-2. The Cardinals would go on to manufacture two more runs in the sixth before an eight-run eighth inning set the final score.
The Govs and Cardinals close out the series with a 3:15 p.m., Sunday, game. Junior Jack Snodgrass takes the hill for Austin Peay, facing junior Kevin Angelle from Lamar.