CLARKSVILLE - Starting pitcher Zach Toney threw eight scoreless innings to lead Austin Peay State University's baseball team past Jacksonville State, 5-2, in Ohio Valley Conference action, Friday night, at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Toney (3-2), who was making his first OVC start as the Govs No. 1 pitcher, walked the bases loaded in the first but worked out of the jam. He then held Jacksonville State without a hit until designated hitter Eric Underwood singled with one out in the fourth.
However, that single seemed to energize the senior southpaw as he did not allow a base runner the remainder of his outing - retiring 14 consecutive batters. Toney finished his eight-inning outing allowing no runs on one hit, walking four and striking out eight.
Austin Peay (26-15, 12-3 OVC) used a pair of Jacksonville State defensive miscues to post a run in the first inning. The Govs added a second run in the third when they used a hit and run play to perfection - third baseman Greg Bachman driving the ball into the right center gap and shortstop Reed Harper scoring from first on the play.
The Govs broke the game open in the eight, striking for three runs. Harper had an RBI double to chase reliever Tanner Freshour. Bachman greeted JSU reliever Bradley Raulston with a single over the left fielder's glove, scoring both second baseman Jordan Hankins and Harper and giving APSU a 5-0 lead.
Jacksonville State (16-23, 10-6 OVC) finally broke up the shutout bid in the ninth inning with a pair of extra-base hits off reliever Mike Hebert, including Eric Underwood's two run home run that hit the top of the wall in right and bounced out.
Gamecocks starter Aaron Elias (2-5) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings, striking out eight Austin Peay batters. Underwood went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead a Jacksonville State offense that mustered just three hits.
Bachman had two hits for the eighth consecutive game, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI. He was one of four Govs hitters to record two hits, Austin Peay finishing with 10 hits.
Austin Peay and Jacksonville State resume their three-game OVC series with a 2 p.m., Saturday contest.