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Govs win Belmont series

APSU Men’s Baseball suffered a tragic 0-15 loss in the series opener on Friday, April 15 against Belmont, but regained their composure to win the series in home run fashion.

The Govs went down swinging in the series opener at Belmont and all eyes were on Belmont’s senior Aaron Quillen, who struck out 16-27 over seven innings.

The Govs’ only chance of scoring was when Quillen had walked the bases loaded, but they ended their chance with a strikeout.

This was the first time the Govs had been handed a shutout since March 2005, when they lost out of conference to Tennessee 3-0.

After the tough 0-15 shutout, the Govs scraped by with a 6-5 win in the 10th inning of Game 2.

In the fourth inning, the Govs found themselves ahead 5-1, but were quickly answered with the next four runs coming from Belmont to tie the game 5-5.

Both teams continued to battle it out, which forced the 10th inning where APSU senior Wesley Purcell made his way on base from a lead off single.

Purcell went on to score on a Belmont error to win the game and tie the series 1-1.

After the Govs had gained momentum from the close call in Game 3, they came prepared to finish off Belmont and win the series that seemed like an impossible feat after the series opener.

With a combination of long ball offensive attacks and defensive play, the Govs were about to finish the series with a 6-3 win over Belmont.

Junior starter Caleb Powell gave up only one hit in the first five innings, followed by two hits in the sixth. The Govs’ bullpen came together to extinguish any chance of Belmont coming back with three scoreless, hitless innings to seal the win on the series.

Senior designated hitter Alex Robles started off the long ball action in the second inning with a solo home run, followed by junior first baseman Dre Gleason knocking a two-run homer to break a 3-3 tie.

The Govs will head home this weekend for a three game series against the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24.

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