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Austin Peay (23-5)
4/2/2013 | Clarksville, TN | Attendance: 313
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some nights the bounces just do not head in your direction and that was the case on Tuesday night when Lipscomb dropped a 6-4 nonconference decision to Austin Peay at Raymond C. Hand Park.
“Tonight was a good baseball game,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “They make a great play or the game would have been tied up. It’s one of those things where we’re just not making our own breaks and taking advantage of them. I do think our team is getting better but we need to translate it into some wins.”
Things looked good for the Bisons (11-19) early on as Lipscomb jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a two-out rally in the top of the fourth against the Governors (23-5). Senior centerfielder Zach Lowery got things started with an infield single before swiping second base with his fourth stolen base of the year.
Redshirt freshman Noah Chandler followed with a double that hugged third base and raced down the paint in left field scoring Lowery easily and making it a 1-0 lead for the Bisons. Sophomore first baseman Tyson Ashcraft then stepped up to the plate and ripped a triple into the right centerfield gap pushing Chandler across the dish for the two-run lead.
That lead quickly vanished however as the bottom of the Austin Peay order mounted a two-out rally capped off by a three-run blast to right center by Govs leadoff hitter Rolando Gautier.
The one-run contest held until the seventh when the Governors pushed across three more runs to take a 6-2 advantage including scoring a run on a wild pitch and another on a LU error.
Lipscomb mounted a comeback attempt in the eighth inning with a two-run stanza behind a two-RBI single from Ashcraft but the Govs turned an incredible double play to end the threat and preserve the win.
Going six full innings, Lipscomb redshirt junior Jacob Knott took the loss on the hill for the Bisons giving up three runs, six hits and four walks while notching a pair of strikeouts. Southpaw Zach Hall picked up the win for the Govs giving up two earned runs, seven hits and a walk in six innings.
“I thought Jacob tonight didn’t have his best stuff from the beginning but he pulled it back together and gave us six solid innings and we were in the game“, noted Forehand.
The nation’s leader in saves, Tyler Rogers came on to work the ninth for APSU to notch his 11th of the season allowing one hit.
The Bisons return home on Friday to start a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series against USC Upstate at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.