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Torres powers Govs past Braves

Torres powers Govs past Braves

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen


Catcher P.J. Torres had three hits and three RBI to power Austin Peay State University’s baseball team to a 10-6 victory against Bradley, Saturday night, in Day 2 action of the Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay (4-7) led wire-to-wire thanks to a five-run first inning. Starting pitcher Alex Robles helped his own cause with a RBI double to score the Govs first run. Torres followed two batters later and his two-run double put APSU up 3-0. Second baseman Logan Gray added a run on a sacrifice fly and the Govs completed a double steal to tack on a fifth run.

Bradley (7-2) scratched out runs in the second and third innings to narrow the deficit. Catcher Drew Carlile brought home the Braves first run on a groundout in the second. Third baseman Spencer Gaa tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly in the third and Bradley trailed 5-2.

The Govs recovered both of those runs in their half of the third. Torres led off the inning with a triple to the wall in right center and scored on first baseman Dre Gleason’s sacrifice fly. Shortstop Kevin Corey kept the inning alive with a two-out single and scored on right fielder Rolando Gautier’s single to give APSU a 7-2 lead after three innings.

The Braves made their big push in the fifth inning, plating three runs and threatening for more. Gaa got the Bradley scoring started with an RBI single that followed an APSU error with one out. Robles hit the next batter he faced before getting a fielder’s choice that both brought home a run and supplied a second out. Shortstop Tyler Leffler followed with a RBI single before Robles would end the threat by inducing a fly out, still holding a 7-5 lead.

Another Austin Peay error helped Bradley narrow the deficit to one run in the seventh. After right fielder Max Murphy singled with one out, Robles got the inning’s second out on a fly ball. However, the Govs infield kept the inning alive with an error that allowed the run to score, cutting APSU’s lead to 7-6.

The Govs offense snapped out of a long slumber to respond with the game’s final three runs. Austin Peay did not record a hit after Gautier’s RBI single in the third until Torres hit a two-out solo home run to left, pushing the Govs lead back to two runs. One inning later center fielder Chase Hamilton added some insurance with a towering two-run home run to right field, setting the final score.

Robles (1-1) picked up the victory with his season’s longest outing – a seven-inning effort that saw him allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out four. Closer Jared Carkuff recorded the game’s final four outs, striking out two, to notch his season’s second save.

Torres led the Govs offense with a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance that saw him finish a single shy of the cycle. Gleason went 2-for-3 with a RBI and six other Govs recorded a base hit.

Bradley’s Stephen Toma (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in five innings. Leffler led the Braves nine-hit offensive outing with a 2-for-5, RBI effort.

Austin Peay closes the Riverview Inn Classic with a 1 p.m., Sunday contest against Xavier.

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2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Field Set

2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Field Set

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen


The field for the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship has been set after the final day of the regular season.

Belmont will be the No. 1 seed after winning the OVC regular season championship for the second-straight year. Murray State took first place in the West Division and is the No. 2 seed. Under the league’s merit-based bracketing system both teams will receive double byes to Friday’s semifinals.

The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. Both of those teams receive a single bye to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The field is rounded out No. 5 seed Tennessee Tech, No. 6 seed Southeast Missouri, No. 7 seed Eastern Illinois and No. 8 seed SIUE.

For the fourth year in a row all eight men’s and eight women’s team will play every game of the Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The merit-based system gives the No. 1 and 2 seeds a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds get a single bye to the quarterfinals. The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.

This year marks the 20th time in the past 21 years that the tournament has been held in Nashville.

This year is the ninth time the combined men’s and women’s championship has been held at Municipal Auditorium; the men also held tournaments at Municipal in 1967 and 1989.

This year marks the 51st time the OVC Men’s Basketball Championship has been held; the event is the fourth oldest Division I basketball championship tournament.

This year’s first round and quarterfinals can be seen for free exclusively on the OVC Digital Network (, the league’s web streaming platform. The games are available on any computer, tablet or smart phone without needing any special downloads, apps or registration.

The semifinals will air live on ESPNU while the championship game will air live on ESPN2 and on the Westwood One Radio Network.

2014 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship (Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.)

First Round – Wednesday, March 5
Game 1 – #5 Tennessee Tech vs. #8 SIUE – 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 – #6 Southeast Missouri vs. #7 Eastern Illinois – 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 6
Game 3 – #4 Morehead State vs. Game 1 Winner – 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 – #3 Eastern Kentucky vs. Game 2 Winner – 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Semifinals – Friday, March 7
Game 5 – #1 Belmont vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 – #2 Murray State vs. Game 4 winner, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship – Saturday, March 8
Game 7 – Semifinal Winners – 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

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2014 OVC Women’s Tournament Bracket is Set

2014 OVC Women’s Tournament Bracket is Set

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen


The 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship field is set. UT Martin earned the No. 1 seed while Belmont is the No. 2 seed. Both the Skyhawks and Bruins earned byes to the semifinals on Friday. Tennessee Tech earned the No. 3 seed while Tennessee State is the No. 4 seed and will receive first round byes. Eastern Kentucky grabbed the No. 5 seed followed by Jacksonville State, SIUE and Eastern Illinois.

The four-day event will be held at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The entire tournament can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network as well as ESPN3.

2014 OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

FIRST ROUND – Wednesday, March 5
Game 1 – #5 Eastern Kentucky vs. #8 Eastern Illinois – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 2 – #6 Jacksonville State vs. #7 SIUE – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

QUATERFINALS – Thursday, March 6
Game 3 – #4 Tennessee State vs. Game 1 winner – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 4 – #3 Tennessee Tech vs. Game 2 winner – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

SEMIFINALS – Friday, March 7
Game 5 – #1 UT Martin vs. Game 3 winner – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 6 – #2 Belmont vs. Game 4 winner – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

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Ridge Smith named OVC Baseball Player of the Week

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Allen


Austin Peay’s Ridge Smith was named the Baseball Player of the Week

Smith hit .600 (6-for-10) with six runs scored, four doubles and seven RBI in three weekend games against Iowa. The freshman had a .643 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage for the Govs. He was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, walk and two RBI in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader and finished that day by going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and three more RBI in the nightcap. He capped the weekend by going 1-for-2 with a run scored, double, walk and two RBI in Sunday’s 7-4 victory. The freshman had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of that contest.

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