March 18, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Matt Reynolds pitched a complete game three-hitter to lead Austin Peay to a 4-1 win and series sweep over Furman in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Furman Stadium.
Reynolds (4-1), a senior lefthander from Knoxville, Tenn., retired the first 12 Paladin batters he faced and yielded only three singles and walk to Furman, which scored only seven runs and managed only 15 hits in the series' three games. The Paladins (4-14) have now lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 contests, and have been swept in three of four three-game series' this season.
With the win, Austin Peay (11-6) extended its winning streak to eight games.
The Governors opened the scoring in the fourth inning after Will Hogue drew a two-out walk, stole second, and came around to score on Matt Smith's single to right field off Paladin starter Mason Smith.
Furman managed to tie the game in the fifth thanks, in part, to a pair of Austin Peay errors. Tony Maccani reached on throwing error by Governors' third baseman Tyler Farrar to lead off the frame and came around to score on the Paladins' first hit of the day, a two-out infield single by Cole Franklin that Reynolds fielded but threw wide of first in his haste to retire Franklin.
Austin Peay retook the lead in the sixth after Rafael Hill was hit by a pitch, stole second with one out, advanced to third on a fielding errror on a failed pickoff attempt, and came home on Hogue's sacrifice fly.
The Governors extended their advantage to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the eighth off Paladin reliever Marc DeDecker.
Furman starter Mason Smith (0-4) took the loss after going seven innings and giving up six hits, a pair of runs, and two walks while striking out four.
Austin Peay finished the game with 10 hits, including two each by Smith, Tyler Bullock, and Josh Kemph.
Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it entertains Gardner-Webb in a 6:00 p.m. game.