By AARON FORSGREN | Guest Writer
The Govs took on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader Saturday, April 9.
They went into the games with an overall record of (13-14, 3-2 OVC) against Eastern Kentucky, who had a record of (9-20, 2-4 OVC).
The Govs split the double-header against the Colonels.
Game 1, Govs win 7-4
EKU 021 000 010 – 4
APSU 040 100 020 – 7
The Govs won the first game 7-4.
They gained the lead in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four runs on five hits.
Freshman catcher Matt Wollenzin singled to left center. It brought in sophomore short-stop Reed Harper and junior outfielder Tyler Childress. Sophomore outfielder Cody Hudson hit a triple down the right field line that brought the Govs to a 4-2 lead.
Key players of the first game were Wollenzin and Hudson, as well as junior left-hand pitcher Jeremy Dobbs.
He (6-1) struck out seven and only allowed three runs, with two earned, on six hits in six innings of work.
Game 2, Govs lose 8-4
EKU 220 211 0 – 8
APSU 220 000 1 – 5
The Govs dropped the second game 8-5.
They kept pace with the Colonels for three innings, but the Colonels scored two in the fourth and shut down the Govs offense the rest of the game.
Redshirt senior, left-hand pitcher Jack Snodgrass was tagged with the loss.
In four innings on the mound, he allowed seven runs, with four earned, on nine hits.
He also struck out five and walked two.
Tied at four in the top of the fourth, Snodgrass had already retired two when he walked Colonels’ shortstop Richie Rodriguez.
Then, designated hitter A.J. Jamison found the gap on the left side and moved Rodriguez into scoring position.
Dobbs’ trouble continued when Colonels outfielder Jacob Daniel picked up the RBI with a shot to left center.
The next run came when third baseman Bryan Soloman hit a single that scored Jamison.
The Govs tried to rally a comeback but failed.
They didn’t score another run until the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Childress smacked a double into left field.
He then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Childress scored on a throwing error. However, the Govs’ rally hopes died when shortstop Reed Harper grounded out for the final out.
After the doubleheader, the Govs improved to 14-15, 4-3 OVC.
They will finish April with three conference series on the road starting with a three-game series against Jacksonville St. on Saturday, April 16. TAS