By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs baseball team moved into a tie with Southeast Missouri at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings after winning 2-of-3 on the road against Jacksonville St., 9-5, 5-4 and 7-2.
Game 1, Govs win 9-5
APSU 100 051 101 – 9
JSU 110 010 101 – 5
Jacksonville St. (24-13 overall, 7-5 OVC) and the Govs (17-18 overall, 7-4 OVC) move into a tie at the top of the conference standings with Southeast Missouri with a 7-4 record.
In game one, the Govs (17-18, 7-4 OVC) came out the gates and took a 1-0 lead when sophomore first baseman John Hogan hit an RBI double into left center field.
However, the lead did not last. The Govs surrendered two runs to Jacksonville St. (24-13, 7-5 OVC) over the next three innings. The Govs jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the fifth.
Sophomore outfielder Cody Hudson started the inning off with a single.
Then, freshman second baseman Jordan Hankins cranked a 2 RBI triple down the right field line.
The Govs sealed the win behind a solid effort from junior left hander Jeremy Dobbs and the relief pitchers. Dobbs (7-1) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
He struck out three and walked only one batter. Hogan led the way from the plate going 2-of-5 with 3 RBIs. Hankins went 3-of-5, knocking in two runs.
Game 2, Govs lose 5-4
APSU 001 300 0 – 4
JSU 100 210 1 – 5
The Govs dropped the night cap 5-4.
Gov junior third baseman Greg Bachman tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the third when he hit an RBI single through the left side. The Govs pushed the lead to 4-1 after a big fourth inning that included Hudson hitting a two-run blast.
Jacksonville St. countered with two runs in the fourth and cut the Govs’ lead to 4-3.
The Govs offense stalled the rest of the game, but Jacksonville State added two more runs for the win.
Govs senior lefty Jack Snodgrass (1-5) pitched six innings and picked up the loss.
He allowed five runs on 12 hits, struck out nine and walked three.
Hudson led the Govs with a 1-for-2 effort from the plate including a two-run homerun in the fourth inning.
Game 3, Govs win 7-2
APSU 000 100 015 – 7
JSU 000 110 000 – 2
The final game of the series was a pitching duel.
The two teams produced only two runs each in the first eight innings.
Jacksonville St. added runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 2-1 lead, but the Govs rallied in the ninth. They scored five runs to win the game and the series.
Hankins got things started with a single after the Govs’ first out.
Next, sophomore shortstop Reed Harper moved Hankins to third with a double.
The Gamecocks intentionally walked Hudson, and loaded the bases.
Junior outfielder Michael Blanchard hit a high grounder for an RBI and beat the throw to the first.
The throw got by the first baseman and another run scored.
Then, junior outfielder Jon Clinard and Bachman both followed up with RBI singles. The Govs final run came on a sac fly hit by Hogan.
Sophomore Zach Toney pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits.
He also struck out four and walked two in the no decision.
Senior Ryne Harper (1-1) picked up the late win in relief with yet another strong outing. TAS