The University of Evansville baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader Wednesday night at Austin Peay. The Governors topped the Purple Aces, 3-1, in the first seven-inning game of the night, before winning the second, 3-2, at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarskville, Tenn.
Senior Chris Pearson was the only Evansville (15-27) player to record multiple hits on the evening, as he went 4-for-7 on the night with an RBI. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski picked up the only other RBI of the twin bill for the Aces, going 1-for-6 with a run scored.
On the mound, junior left-hander Cole Isom suffered the loss in the opener for UE, while senior right-hander Ryan Billo was on the losing end of the decision in the nightcap.
GAME 1 RECAP: AUSTIN PEAY 3, EVANSVILLE 1
Austin Peay grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as the Governors took advantage of a one-out walk by Isom, when Craig Massoni delivered a two-out, two-run home run to right field.
APSU added to its lead in its half of the third, once again getting a two-out RBI. After Massoni drew a five-pitch walk, Cody Hudson doubled to left to score Massoni and give Austin Peay a 3-0 advantage.
Evansville got a run back in the top of the sixth, when Pearson singled home Kaczmarski, but Tyler Rogers, who relieved Governor starter Ryan Quick earlier in the inning, held the Aces to just one run by getting redshirt sophomore Kyle Pollock to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
After Isom pitched out of a jam and stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Rogers closed the game by retiring UE in order in the top of the seventh to seal the win for APSU.
Pearson recorded two of Evansville's four hits in the game, going 2-for-3, while redshirt junior Nick Hathcoat and freshman Shain Showers combined for the other two.
Quick improved to 4-2 on the season by earning the win, as he allowed just one run on three hits, while notching five strikeouts around a pair of walks in 5.2 innings. Isom fell to 2-5 on the year, surrendering three runs, two earned, on five hits. Isom racked up seven strikeouts in his 6.0 innings of work, but issued five walks.
GAME 2 RECAP: AUSTIN PEAY 3, EVANSVILLE 2
With Evansville serving as the home team in the nightcap, Austin Peay once again took an early lead, as Tommy Hager singled home Matt Wollenzin in the top of the third to put the Governors up 1-0.
Jordan Hankins doubled APSU's lead with a leadoff homer in the top of the fourth, before the Aces answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Pollock drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and advanced into scoring position on a ground out by redshirt junior David Patton. Kaczmarski drove in Pollock with a one-out single up the middle to cut Austin Peay's lead to 2-1.
The Governors added an insurance run in their half of the sixth, as Hankins reached on an error to start the frame and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Reed Harper to push APSU's lead to 3-1.
UE rallied in the seventh, as Patton reached on a one-out single, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and eventually scored on an APSU throwing error that put the tying run in freshman Shain Showers aboard. Pearson kept the inning alive with a two-out single to move Showers to third, but Rogers once again shut the door on the Aces by striking out senior Jason Hockemeyer to end the game.
Austin Peay starter Kacy Kemmer upped his record to 3-0 this spring by earning the victory on the mound, as he tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Billo tossed 4.2 innings in the loss, allowing two runs on six hits, as his record fell to 1-4.
UE will return to Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, when it hosts Missouri State for a three-game set, its last home series of the year, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Evansville will conduct its annual Senior Day festivities prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. tilt against the Bears.
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