By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs baseball team opened the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference season with a doubleheader Sunday, March 27, at Murray State.
The Govs opened both games strong, offensively jumping out to early leads. However, they were only able to hold the Thoroughbreds and finish 5-2.
After establishing a 1-0 lead in the second game, the Govs allowed the Racers to plate three runs in the third and failed to rally back. They dropped the nightcap 3-2.
Game One, Govs win 5-2
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Govs junior designated hitter Tyler Childress led the inning off with a double.
Freshman catcher Matt Wollenzin singled up the middle and brought home Childress for the 1-0 lead.
Junior left fielder Jon Clinard’s RBI single up the middle with one out brought home Wollenzin for the 2-0 advantage.
Murray State tied the score 2-2 in the third.
The Govs responded by adding three more runs to take a 5-2 lead. Freshman right fielder Rolando Gautier reached first base after a fielding error and proceeded to steal second base.
Junior third baseman Greg Bachman hit an RBI single into right center that brought home Gautier. Then Childress blasted a two-run shot over the left-field fence. Solid pitching by the Govs kept the Thoroughbreds from scoring again. Junior left-handed starter Jeremy Dobbs (5-0) pitched 5.1 innings.
He struck out three, walked one and allowed two runs on seven hits. Senior pitcher Ryne Harper earned his second save of the season.
Gautier’s hit streak ended at 18 games. He went 0-for-3, drew one walk and reached on a fielder’s error.
Childress led the Govs with 2-for-3 efforts from the plate, including a two-run homer in the fourth.
Game Two, Govs lose 3-2
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The Govs struck first in the second inning when junior centerfielder Michael Blanchard’s RBI sacrifice fly brought home Gautier. Gautier started the inning off with a single.
Then Childress singled, allowing Gautier to advance to second base.
In the third inning, the Thoroughbreds lit up Govs’ senior lefty Jack Snodgrass (0-3).
He allowed three runs on five hits in the inning and the Thoroughbreds took a 3-1 lead.
The Govs added one more run in the fifth inning when sophomore first baseman John Hogan’s sacrifice fly brought home sophomore shortstop Reed Harper.
Harper started the inning off with a double into left center.
Snodgrass pitched 3.2 innings and struck out two while giving up three runs on eight hits.
Chuck Edlin pitched in relief for 2.1 innings.
He struck out one and did not give up any runs or hits. Jon Clinard led the Govs offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Govs return to action for a six-game home stand starting with Middle Tennessee State University on Monday, March 28. TAS