canada africa partner reservation APSU Baseball bounces back, only to fall to Central Arkansas, 14-12 – Clarksville Online

APSU Baseball bounces back, only to fall to Central Arkansas, 14-12 – Clarksville Online


APSU BaseballConway, AR – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team recovered from an 8-2 deficit and even led 11-8, but could not fend off Central Arkansas’ final six-run rally and dropped a 14-12 score on Saturday in Bear Atlantic Sun Conference game fall Stadium.

Right fielder Lyle Miller-Green broke Austin Peay State University’s single-season RBI record with two RBI in the seventh inning and finished the game with 83 RBI. It broke Nate Manning’s record of 81 RBI during the APSU Govs’ 1996 season.

Despite the loss, Austin Peay (32-18, 17-9 ASUN) maintains its position at the top of the ASUN standings. However, they now share the lead with Jacksonville and Stetson, setting the stage for Sunday’s game to conclude the three-game series against the Bears.

On Saturday, the Governors again fell behind early against the Bears, trailing 5-0 after the first inning and trailing 8-2 after three innings. Austin Peay State University started their offense in the fourth inning, with catcher Gus Freeman and second baseman Ambren Voitik each driving in a run, cutting the deficit to 8-4.

After a scoreless fifth, Austin Peay State University returned to the rally with four runs in the sixth inning. APSU loaded the bases with two outs. Third baseman Brody Szako singled in two runs after trailing 0-2. After a UCA pitching change, shortstop Jon Jon Gazdar wasted no time hitting the first pitch he saw down the left field line, driving in two runs and tying the game at 8-8.

Austin Peay State University then advanced the Bears in the seventh. The APSU Govs saw center fielder John Bay and dedicated hitter Justin Olson single to start the frame, with Bay advancing to third base on Olson’s hit. After another UCA pitching change, a wild pitch allowed Bay to score, giving the Govs the lead. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases for Miller-Green, who drove in two more runs with a single up the middle, giving the APSU Govs an 11-8 lead.

Central Arkansas (22-25, 12-14 ASUN) responded with back-to-back three-run frames. In the seventh, the Bears took advantage of two singles and a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Tanner Leonard singled in two runs, and right fielder Kade Seldomridge tied the game on a fielder’s choice.

One inning later, the Bears took the lead on first baseman AJ Mendolia’s sacrifice fly. Central Arkansas got insurance on a wild pitch by the Govs and third baseman Bryce Cermenelli’s double, extending the lead to 14-11.

Austin Peay StateUniversity threatened one last time in the ninth, with Freeman leading off the inning with a single and Voitik following with a double. Freeman scored on left fielder Clayton Gray’s fielder’s choice, but the next two Govs struck out to end the game.

Central Arkansas reliever Hunter Alexander (4-3), usually the Bears closer, picked up the win after holding the Govs to a run on two hits and two walks through two innings. Friday’s starting pitcher, Jesse Barker, followed Alexander and recorded his first career save after working in the ninth inning.

Gazdar finished the day 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Gray went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Miller-Green, Szako and Bay also had two RBI.

Austin Peay State University reliever Adam Walker (3-1) lost after allowing three runs on two singles and a walk while recording two outs. Austin Peay used seven pitchers in the loss.

Cermenelli paced the UCA offense with his 3-for-5, four-RBI day, including a double.