RICHMOND, Ky. - Austin Peay State University's baseball team broke out the bats and starter Casey Delgado threw a complete game in an 18-2 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Eastern Kentucky, Sunday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Austin Peay (24-15, 11-3 OVC) scored 11 runs in the first four innings, batting around in both the third and fourth innings. Second baseman Jordan Hankins had a two-run single in the fourth while third baseman Greg Bachman added a two-run home run in the fifth.
Delgado (4-3) took advantage of the generous run support to record the first complete nine-inning game since Stephen Huff notched a complete game during the 2008 season. He surrendered eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. Delgado allowed an unearned run in the fourth and held EKU without a run until the ninth inning.
The Govs weren't done scoring with those 11 runs, taking advantage of Colonels miscues for two runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth.
Austin Peay tied a season-high with 18 hits, with nine different players recording a hit. Hankins finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI and catcher Matt Wollenzin went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Eastern Kentucky (17-19, 9-6 OVC) used eight pitchers in the contest with starter Brent Cobb (2-1) suffering the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings.
Colonels shortstop Richie Rodriguez led his team's offensive effort with a 2-for-3 outing.
Austin Peay returns to action with a 6 p.m. (CT), Tuesday non-conference contest at Tennessee.