CLARKSVILLE - Austin Peay State University pitchers Andy Cox, Kacy Kemmer and Tyler Rogers combined for a stellar pitching outing in a 3-1 non-conference victory against Lipscomb, Tuesday night at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Cox (3-1) battled early control troubles, hitting three of the first seven batters he faced, and surrendered a run in the first inning. But after stranding runners at second and third in the second inning, he retired eight of the final 11 batters he faced through five innings. He finished with four strikeouts and allowed five hits.
Kemmer replaced Cox and allowed a single to the first batter he faced before retiring the next seven batters. He allowed a two-out single in the eighth and nearly saw the game tied when he allowed a second consecutive hit. However, right fielder Rolando Gautier fielded the ball and relayed a throw to first baseman Tyler Childress who threw a strike to catcher P.J. Torres who applied the tag while blocking home plate to end the inning. Kemmer finished his outing with four strikeouts and three hits over three innings.
Rogers closed the contest and walked two batters - the only walks surrendered by the trio on the night - but struck out the side to record his season's 10th save.
Austin Peay's (29-18) offense quickly responded to the single run deficit with a two-run second inning. Left fielder Cody Hudson tied the game with a RBI double. Designated hitter Matt Wollenzin broke the tie with his groundout to first base that allowed third baseman Greg Bachman to score.
The Govs tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Center fielder Michael Blanchard led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Second baseman Jordan Hankins brought the run home when his high chopper bounded over the drawn-in infield, giving APSU a 3-1 lead.
Lipscomb starter Tyler Burstrom (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits over two innings. First baseman Griffin Moore led the Bisons offense with a 3-for-4, RBI outing.
Austin Peay returns to action when it travels to Evansville for a 6 p.m., Wednesday non-conference contest.