Southeast Baseball Holds Off Austin Peay in 9-7 Win
April 18, 2004
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State Indians jumped out to an 8-0 lead after four innings and eventually held on to beat Austin Peay 9-7 Sunday afternoon at Capaha Field.
In the bottom of the second, junior first baseman Freddy Lopez scored the first run of the game as he homered deep over the right field wall to give Southeast (17-18, 7-5 OVC) a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, junior shortstop Ernie Bracamonte brought home junior second baseman Bo Jenkins, who had walked to lead off the inning, with a sacrifice fly to center. Lopez followed that with an RBI double to left-center field to bring home junior Eric Horstman to give Southeast a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Tribe tacked on five more runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Horstman tripled down the right field line to clear the bases, scoring Eric Hoffman, Gary Gilbert and Jenkins. Horstman would then score on a Bracamonte RBI single to center field. Then, freshman Brent Lawson increased his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single to score Bracamonte.
The 8-0 lead didn't last long as Austin Peay's Brett Luther homered two center field in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 8-2.
The next inning, Southeast starter Derek Herbig loaded the bases and was lifted for junior right hander Ryan Forsyth. Forsyth got Luther to pop a high fly ball into right field. However, the heavy winds at Capaha Park carried the ball over the fence, giving Luther his second home run of the day, and six RBIs in the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Bracamonte took advantage of the winds blowing to right, as he went the other way off APSU (22-12, 9-3 OVC) reliever Shawn Kelley for a solo home run, making it 9-6.
Forsyth cruised through the seventh and eighth innings, but got in trouble in the ninth. APSU's third baseman Jared Walker led off the inning with a home run to right-center that bounced off the top of the wall, cutting the Indians' lead to two. Forsyth retired the next batter, but then gave out a one-out single to Tommy Smith before being lifted for Southeast closer Brad Smith. The junior hurler struck out the first batter he saw, but then gave up a single to Governor second baseman Jake Peterson. However, on the hit to right field, Tommy Smith rounded second, stopped, continued to run to third and was thrown out to end the game with the potential winning run coming up to bat.
Brad Smith earned his sixth save of the year for his efforts, while Herbig (3-3) earned the win. Govs' starter Brad Daniel (3-1) took his first loss of the season.
Lopez was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. He also registered his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He's currently hitting .477 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and a .818 slugging percentage in OVC play.
Horstman extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 2-for-5 performance. He's now tied for second on the team in RBIs and first in runs scored, after driving in three and scoring twice. He has 24 RBIs this season and 38 runs scored. The Indians' leadoff hitter leads the team in several offensive categories including: batting average, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, on-base percentage and stolen bases.
Bracamonte registered yet another multiple-hit and muli-RBI game, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games. The junior shortstop leads Southeast with 30 RBIs on the season, and has brought home a team-high 20 RBIs in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Southeast looks to keep its momentum going, as the Indians host the Salukis of Southern Illinois Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Capaha Field. Southeast lost 6-5 to SIU on March 23.