BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team surrendered three runs in the first inning and saw multiple scoring opportunities thwarted in a 6-1 loss to host Indiana in the final game of the NCAA Baseball Championship’s Bloomington Regional at Bart Kaufman Field.
Austin Peay (47-15) sees its season end in the regional final for the second consecutive season. Indiana advances to the super regional round where it will face national No. 7 seed Florida State next weekend with a berth to the College World Series on the line.
Following the tournament's conclusion, senior left fielder Cody Hudson and junior third baseman Jordan Hankins were named to the all-tournament team. It is the second time Hankins has been named to a NCAA Baseball Championship Region All-Tournament team.
The Govs were left wanting for big innings twice in the contest. In the second, catcher P.J. Torres drove a high fly ball to left center, but Hoosiers center fielder Justin Cureton hauled the ball back in to deny APSU a potential game-tying three-run home run.
Three innings later, Austin Peay would load the bases with one out, chasing Indiana starter Will Coursen-Carr from the mound. Designated hitter Michael Davis would milk a bases-loaded walk out of reliever Luke Harrison to push the Govs first run across. The Hoosiers would use Harrison and reliever Ryan Halstead to strike out the next two Govs to end the threat with the bases loaded and a 4-1 deficit.
Indiana (46-14) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as catcher Kyle Schwarber drove a home run to center field for the game’s first run. The Hoosiers would go on to tack on two more runs in the frame – shortstop Michael Basil and left fielder Dustin DeMuth each posting RBI singles to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
The Hoosiers tacked on a run in the fifth and used a Govs error in the sixth to plate two additional runs. DeMuth drove in the fifth-inning run with a double down the first-base line. Austin Peay’s infield committed an error with two outs in the sixth, allowing two runs to score and pushing the Indiana lead to 6-1 and they would not be threatened the game’s remainder.
Austin Peay starter Kevin Corey (2-2) was tagged for the loss after allowing three runs in the first inning. Reliever Casey Delgado bounced back from a rough Saturday outing to provide 3.1 innings and allowed only one run while striking out three. Closer Tyler Rogers tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to close the contest.
Second baseman Brett Carlson went 2-for-3 to lead the Govs six-hit attack.
Coursen-Carr (4-0) picked up the win after holding the Govs to one run on five hits over 5.1 innings. Halstead picked up the save, holding the Govs scoreless over the final 3.1 innings. First baseman Sam Travis led Indiana’s offense with a 2-for-3 outing.