By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs had lost nine of their last 12 games and were averaging three runs a game coming into this weekend. The Govs’ bats heated up this weekend.
In a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at home against the Eastern Illinois Panthers, they produced 25 runs on 41 hits to win the series 2-1.
They dropped the first contest despite posting nine runs, 11-9.
However, they won the last two games 8-0, 8-7. The Govs improve to 12-13 overall, 3-2 in the OVC.
Game 1, Govs lose 11-9
APSU 013 003 101 – 11
EIU 162 010 010 – 9
In game one, the Panthers’ offense came out with bats swinging. They scored seven runs in the first two innings to just one Govs’ run.
EIU added two more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 9-1 lead.
The Govs cut the EIU lead to 9-4 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Greg Bachman started the rally with a double to right center field. John Hogan singled to third base and brought home Bachman.
Then he advanced to second on a throwing error. Childress doubled to left center, scoring Hogan.
Reed Harper cranked an RBI single to center field that pushed the Govs to 9-4.
After the Panthers added another run in the fifth, the Govs bats came alive again in the sixth.
They added three runs to cut the EIU lead to 10-7. Torres started the inning off with a solo homerun.
Next, Michael Blanchard singled to the pitcher to get on base. Haskell Fink hit a single that moved Blanchard to third base.
Fink advanced to third and Blanchard scored when Jordan Hankins grounded out. Greg Bachman doubled to right center field and brought home Fink.
The Govs’ last run came in the seventh when Rolando Gautier singled to left center field to bring home Childress.
Jeremy Dobbs (5-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season.
He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 10 runs on 14 hits, walked three and struck out three.
Game 2, Govs win 8-0
APSU 112 103 x – 8
EIU 000 000 0 – 0
The Govs’ offensive outpour continued in game two. They produced an 8-0 shutout.
Blanchard started the game off with a double into left field.
He then stole third base to get in scoring position. Bachman reached on a throwing error which brought home Blanchard for the RBI and the 1-0 Gov lead.
The Govs added another run in the second when Blanchard smacked another double into right field to bring home Harper.
After scoring two runs in the third, the Govs added three runs in the sixth to put the game away.
Cody Hudson pinch-ran for Wollenzin, who was walked.
Hankins hit a single into right field that brought home Hudson.
Gautier hit an RBI single up the middle that brought home the second run.
Clinard hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Bachman for the final run of the game.
Jack Snodgrass (1-3) pitched six scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three.
Game 3, Govs win 8-7
APSU 203 111 00x – 8
EIU 000 300 112 – 7
In the series finale, the Govs started the game off quickly with a two run first inning.
Childress hit a two-run single that brought home Gautier and Hudson.
The Govs added three more runs in the third inning thanks to a three-run home run from Childress.
EIU cut the Govs’ lead to 5-3 after producing three runs in the top of the fourth.
Harper responded for the Govs by opening the inning with a double.
Blanchard hit an RBI single into center field that brought home Harper and pushed the Govs’ lead to 6-3.
The Govs tacked on another run in the fifth and sixth inning.
EIU added one run in the seventh and eighth inning to cut the Govs’ lead to 8-5.
Two errors in the ninth inning got EIU within one, 8-7. But, Harper got EIU’s Zach Borenstein to pop out to end the game.
Govs pitcher Chuck Edlin (1-0) picked up the win relief pitching two and two-third innings.
He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk and struck out two. Childress led the way for the Govs offensively. He went 3-for-4 from the plate with five RBIs. Blanchard went 3-for-4 with one RBI. TAS