March 17, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Austin Peay swept a baseball doubleheader from Furman on Saturday, winning game one, 5-1, and taking game two, 7-5.
Furman (4-13), which has now lost three straight and nine of its last 10 games, combined for only 12 hits in the two contests. The doubleheader sweep extended Austin Peay's winning streak to seven games and improved the Governors to 10-6 on the season.
In game one, Austin Peay starting pitcher Shawn Kelley (3-2) stymied Furman's offense, going the distance and surrendering only four hits and a run while striking out six and walking none. The senior righthander gave up a solo home run to Joe Daysh in the third inning, but then slammed the door on a weak Paladin offense, allowing only three hits -- all singles -- the rest of the way and retiring the final 10 Furman batters.
The Governors' offense, meanwhile, scratched across a game tying run in the sixth on Ryan Hogue's two-out single that plated Levi Cheshire, and in the eighth took advantage of a Furman error to tally three unearned runs to give Kelley a comfortable 4-1 lead. Tyler Bullock's two-out, two-run single off Paladin reliever Spencer Hale (0-1) proved to be the frame's big hit for Austin Peay, which added another run in the ninth on a JB Gilbert double.
Hale took the loss for Furman after working two innings and yielding three hits, four runs, only one of which was earned, and two walks. Paladin starter Matt Klinker pitched effectively for seven inings, giving up only five hits and a run while striking out three.
In game two Austin Peay's Ryne Mantooth (2-1) hurled 7 1/3 innings of effective baseball to earn the victory and give the Governors the twinbill sweep. He yielded seven hits, five runs, and three walks while striking out four before tiring in the eighth.
Austin Peay grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third on Gilbert's solo home run off Paladin starter and losing pitcher Jay Jackson (0-1).
The Governors took the lead for good with a run in the fifth and later added two in the sixth and three in the eighth to stretch their advantage to 7-1 before Furman's bats came to life with a four-run eighth, highlighted by a three-run home run by Marcus Rose
Governors' closer Ben Wilshire came on with one out in the eighth to short-circuit Furman's rally and earned his fifth save after yielding only one hit over the final 1 2/3 innings.
Will Hogue led APSU's 14-hit attack in game two with a 3-for-5 performance, and Gilbert finished the contest going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Rose went 2-for-4 with three RBI for Furman.
The two teams wrap up the three-game series on Sunday in a noon game at Furman Stadium.