Austin Peay drops slugfest to SEMO in OVC tournament-opener

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – The Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament was back in action for the first time in 773 days when the number 4 Austin Peay competed against the number 1 Southeast Missouri State on Thursday at The Ballpark in Jackson.

Both teams’ offenses resulted in a total of five home runs, but it was the regular season OVC champions Redhawks who came out on top at 11-8.

FINAL @ SEMObaseball 11 @ AustinPeayBSB 8

The governors will try to regroup in no time when they face the loser from Murray State-Morehead State here at the Ballpark in Jackson tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

“I thought we fought really hard,” said Austin Peays baseball coach Travis Janssen. “SEMO did a great job offensively against Luke Brown. They had a great approach against him and did a really good job putting pressure on us. “

Austin Peay rallied to land the tieing run on the plate in the top of the ninth inning before a deep fly ball from John McDonald’s bat landed on the warning lane in the Redhawk right-fielder’s glove.

Tip of the 9th
John McDonald’s flyball is caught on the warning lane. We have a new pitcher for @SEMObaseball with runners on the corners and one when the game resumes.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

“To be honest, I didn’t think it would be over right away,” said Janssen. “I thought there might be a chance to get over the guy’s head. He put a good load into it, but the outfielder followed it up pretty well. ”

Game summary

With a hit in the first inning, Danny Wright drove to Jevon Mason on an RBI single to give SEMO an early 1-0 lead.

In the following inning, Jack Alexander started a homer with two runs over the left field wall to put Austin Peay 2-1 in the front.

Peyton Leeper even pulled the Redhawks back with a sacrificial flight before Gino Avros ended the tie with a solo home run in the top of the third inning.

Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second bases to start the lower half of the frame before Lincoln Andrews smashed an unequivocal three-shot to make the 5-3 SEMO.

The Redhawks prevailed in the inning with a home run to the dead center field by Wade Stauss and an RBI single by Mason over two more runs.

In the top of the fourth inning, TJ Foreman scored Bobby Head in an infield single to reduce the deficit to three runs.

After a one-out double from Wright, Andrew Keck bolstered SEMO’s lead to 8-4 in the lower part of the sixth inning.

Bottom of the 6th
After a one-out double from Danny Wright, Andrew Keck extends @SEMObasebal’s lead to 8-4.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

Later in the frame, Stauss hit a two-run shot into midfield for his second competition home run.

After trailing 10-4 through six innings of the game, the governors’ thugs came alive.

Jackson-born Malcolm Tipler started a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning that ultimately resulted in four runs for the Govs.

“I was proud of the way they fought,” said Janssen. “We gave up a big inning in the bottom of the sixth and then we had two in the top of the seventh and the game felt like it was drawn out. We were able to put together a nice two-man rally. Honestly, it got us back into the game. We had a chance late, but couldn’t quite implement it. ”

The fifth grader made history at the same time and became the 20th player in program history with 200 career hits.

Tipler made it for the first time after a base hit from Head that forced southeast Missouri to go into its bullpen.

Tip of the 7th
Bobby Head rides in Malcolm Tipler to bring @AustinPeayBSB back in five runs. @SEMObaseball went to the bullpen and Austin Williams will take over the hill for the Redhawks, two in the inning.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

Austin Williams then stepped into the game, giving McDonald a double with two runs, which was followed by an RBI single from Alexander.

Tip of the 7th
John McDonald comes in for @AustinPeayBSB with a clutch two-run double.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

At the end of the seventh inning, the Redhawks scratched a squeeze Bunt from Tyler Wilbur on the last run of the game.

Down on the 7th.
Tyler Wilbur comes up with the Bunt Squeeze to scrape another insurance run for @SEMObaseball.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

main actor

OVC Pitcher of the Year Dylan Dodd hit 11 batter without allowing a walk. Austin Peay was able to get close to the senior, especially in the early stages, before he could find his groove in the middle innings.

Middle of the 4th @ Doddzy_25 records back-to-back punchouts to prevent further damage.

– Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) May 27, 2021

“I thought we reacted early on against Dodd,” said Janssen. “The third time through our stroke order he was able to get through our line-up and showed that he has a really good arm.”

Dodd (9-1) earned the win by throwing 6 2/3 innings while giving up six earned runs on nine hits.

Blake Cisneros (2) grabbed the save and picked up the last two outs to seal the win.

The Redhawk lineup hit 14 runs on 11 hits, knocking Governor Luke Brown (4-2) out of the game after just 2 1/3 innings.

Left-handed Harley Gollert stepped into the game with relief, throwing three goalless frames before getting into trouble in the lower part of the sixth inning.

In a non-decision, Gollert finished 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts while giving up four runs on four hits.

Alexander finished 3-for-5 with a home run and a team high of three RBIs, while McDonald went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs for the district governors.

Mason, Wright and Stauss each had three runs for the Redhawks.


Southeast Missouri State (28-19, 17-10 OVC) awaits the winner from Murray State and Morehead State Friday, May 28 at 11am

Austin Peay (22-32, 16-14 OVC) will face the loser from Murray State and Morehead State again in a playoff game on Friday, May 28th at 3pm.

“Drew McIllwain will start for us in the first game,” said Janssen. “I think it is possible to carry over an offensive swing to tomorrow. I think we’re a competitive group and I think the guys have bad taste in their mouths. We swung the bats pretty well today so I think it’s possible. ”

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