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Govs fall in finals of region

Govs fall in finals of region

Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 7:00 pm

EUGENE, Ore. — Austin Peay saw its 2012 baseball campaign come to a close with an 8-1 loss to Oregon in the final game of the NCAA Eugene Regional, Sunday afternoon at PK Park.
Oregon (45-17) jumped out quickly with two runs in the first inning, and Oregon starter Jake Reed (7-4) held Austin Peay to two hits and four walks through seven scoreless innings while striking out eight en route to the win.
Oregon tacked on two runs in the third, three runs in the fourth and two more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Brett Hambright had the game’s lone home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning.
Austin Peay (40-24) broke up the shutout bid in the ninth. Greg Bachman opened the inning with a leadoff double, the 276th and final hit of his career, and scored when the Oregon defense committed an error on pinch-hitter Dylan Riner’s ground ball.
Bachman led the Govs with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
Following the contest, Bachman, Jordan Hankins and Casey Delgado were each named the the Eugene All-Region team by the media covering the tournament.
APSU 3, Fullerton 0
Starting pitcher Casey Delgado threw a gem of a contest and Austin Peay’s baseball team defeated Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game of the NCAA Eugene Regional Saturday afternoon.
Already this season, Delgado (9-4) had a complete-game win and was part of a combined shutout but saved his best performance for the NCAA Tournament.
The right-hander held the Titans to three hits and three walks over nine innings while striking out four to post his team-leading ninth win.
Cal State Fullerton (36-21) had two great scoring chances in the middle of the contest, but Delgado and the Govs escaped both times.
Fullerton wasted a leadoff double in the fourth and then failed to produce a two-out rally in the sixth following hit batter, two steals, an intentional walk and another stolen base.
The Govs offense was similarly held quiet by Titans starting pitcher J.D. Davis, who threw six scoreless innings and allowed only four hits before handing the ball to his bullpen.
The bullpen would hold the game scoreless for one more inning before Austin Peay broke through in the eighth.
All three Peay runs came in the eighth.
Jon Clinard started the eighth with a walk, moved to third on a single and scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch.
Later with two outs, Rolando Gautier brought home a second run with a single to center field, and Tyler Childress’ pop-up as dropped to bring home the third run.
APSU 1, Indiana St. 0
A trio of pitchers combined for Austin Peay’s sixth shutout this season in a victory against Indiana State on Saturday.
Jon Clinard led off the fourth inning with a walk, and Jordan Hankins followed with a bloop single.
One out later, Reed Harper walked to load the bases. Rolando Gautier brought home the game’s lone run with a single to shallow left field.
Govs’ starter Andy Cox (6-1) battled through some early game trouble, including leaving the bases loaded in the third inning.
However, once handed the 1-0 lead he really settled in retiring 12 of the 13 batters he faced.
Oregon 6, APSU 5
The Governors surrendered two ninth-inning runs and fell to No. 5 national seed Oregon in opening round action of the NCAA regionals Friday.
The Ducks jumped out to an 2-0 lead through four innings, but the Govs stormed back in the fourth on Jordan Hankins’  three-run home run.
Oregon regained the lead in the sixth, striking for two runs.
Austin Peay scored in both the seventh and eighth innings for a 5-4 lead.
Hankins 2-for-4, three RBI outing was the highlight of Austin Peay’s offensive outing. Bachman also went 3-for-5 at the plate to pace the Govs nine-hit effort. Published in The WCP 6.5.12

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