Govs prove to be top team
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 am
By: OVC Sports Information
No. 1 seed Austin Peay topped Jacksonville State 7-3 on Saturday to capture the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship.
It marks the fourth tournament championship for the Governors (33-22), who have also won titles in 1996, 2005 and 2007.
With the win, Austin Peay receives the OVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.
Jacksonville State advanced into the championship round as it knocked off No. 2 seed Southeast Missouri 15-12 during a slugfest on Saturday.
This season marked the 33rd time the event has been held but the second year in a row it has beenat Pringles Park in Jackson.
Austin Peay 7, Jax. St. 3
Austin Peay’s baseball team claimed the 2011 OVC Baseball Championship with a 7-3 victory against Jacksonville State, Saturday afternoon, at Pringles Park.
Austin Peay (33-22) got another strong effort from its pitching staff with starter Zach Toney and reliever Mike Hebert combining to limit the Gamecocks to three runs on nine hits. Toney (6-2) went the opening 62⁄3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four for the win.
Hebert notched his season’s second save with 21⁄3 scoreless innings of relief.
The Govs offense also picked up its effort in the championship game, recording 11 hits.
First baseman John Hogan finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning that insured the victory. Right fielder Rolando Gautier, center fielder Michael Blanchard each added two hits.
Six Governors were named to the all-tournament squad: Hogan, Blanchard, designated hitter Cody Hudson, starter Jeremy Dobbs, starter Jack Snodgrass and reliever Ryne Harper.
Snodgrass was named the tournament’s most valuable player after his career-best 11-strikeout performance in Friday’s contest against the Gamecocks.
The Govs won that winner’s bracket game 4-1.
Jax. St. 15, SEMO 12
Junior Ben Waldrip tied an OVC Tournament neutral site record by driving in seven runs and Kyle Bluestein was 5-for-5 at the plate as Jacksonville State avoided elimination and advanced to the championship round of the 2011 OVC Tournament with a victory over No. 2 seed Southeast Missouri on Saturday.
Waldrip smashed two home runs to lead the JSU offensive attack that had 19 total hits on the afternoon. The Gamecocks trailed 4-0 after one inning but scored four times in the third inning and five times apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to grab a 14-5 advantage.
Starter Daniel Watts (1-5) went 5.1 innings and scattered seven hits and seven runs (five earned) in picking up the victory. Southeast Missouri State reliever Shae Simmons (0-5) took the loss after allowing four earned runs in just a third of an inning.
After trailing by nine runs, Southeast Missouri brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Casey Jones grounded into a double play to end the threat and game. Southeast finished the season with 34 victories, the third-most in program history.
Kenton Parmley led the offensive attack by going 4-for-6 with three RBI.