OXFORD, Miss. - Austin Peay's baseball team saw its modest three-game win streak grind to a halt with a 14-4, Tuesday, loss at No. 17 Mississippi.
Sophomore Jon Clinard went 4-for-5 and senior Adam Browett went 3-for-4 to lead the Govs offense. Senior catcher Trey Lucas also had two hits, extending his hit streak to 15 games, dating back to last season.
The Rebels (10-2) jumped out early, posting a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. A leadoff home run by Tim Ferguson, followed by three straight singles accounted for the first two runs. Govs starter David Vicini issued a leadoff walk in the second inning which led to a two-run home run by Matt Tracy.
APSU (8-4) freshman right-hander Eric Davis relieved Vicini and retired eight straight Ole Miss hitters before giving up a two-out single which gave way to a four-run fourth inning. The Rebels posted five more runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of two walks but doing most of the damage by stringing together base hits.
Putting the lead-off man on base was a sign of things to come for both teams throughout the game. In the sixth, freshman John Hogan reached as the lead-off hitter courtesy a hit-by-pitch. Senior Matt Kole singled him around to set up an RBI-double by Browett. A two-base error by the Rebels plated Kole and Browett, allowing Clinard to double in the Govs final run , all with two outs.
Ole Miss manufactured a late run to set the final 14-4 margin.
Vicini (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in one inning. Kole and sophomore Jeremy Dobbs combined to allow one run in the game's final three innings.
Rory McKean (1-1) picked up the win for the Rebels, striking out seven over 5.0 innings of work. Ferguson led Ole Miss, going 3-for-5, while Kevin Mort went 3-for-4 with two RBI. David Phillips and Zach Miller each had three RBI.
The Govs and Rebels return to action with a 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, contest.