Redhawks Grounded in Doubleheader Sweep
April 21, 2007
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - (Saturday, April 21, 2007) For the first time this season the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks were swept in a doubleheader. The Redhawks dropped both games at Austin Peay Saturday, 4-2 and 4-0. The sweep also marks the first OVC series loss of the year for Southeast.
Austin Peay starter Shawn Kelley was virtually flawless in game one of the doubleheader as he kept the Redhawks (24-15, 9-5 OVC) off base in six full innings of play, beginning with the second frame.
Kelly, a senior right-hander, retired 21 straight Southeast batters after freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) singled with one out in the first inning. The next batter to reach was sophomore Matt Wulfers (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri) in the eighth inning on a single through the right side of the infield.
Redhawks starter Dustin Renfrow (West Plains, Mo./Jefferson CC) battled in game one and allowed two runs to score in the first inning, the first runs he had allowed in the first inning all season. The Governors plated a pair of runs on three hits, all doubles, claiming an early 2-0 lead.
Austin Peay (22-16, 9-5 OVC) added a run in the fourth and another in the fifth inning. Both runs came after an extra-base hit with two outs in each inning.
Renfrow gave up 10 hits to the Governors in game one, the most allowed by the junior right-hander this year. The hit tally also tied the most hits allowed by any Southeast pitcher in an outing.
Renfrow (3-1), whose OVC-leading ERA rose to 1.69 in his first loss of the season, worked the complete eight innings, gave up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits. He issued one walk and did not record a strikeout.
Catcher Matt Smith led the Austin Peay offensive attack in game one. He was 2-for-4 at the dish with a double and two RBIs.
Southeast got on the board in the eighth inning after Wulfers' one-out single that broke Kelley's consecutive-retired streak. Senior Phillip Riley (Memphis, Tenn./Jackson State CC) stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter with two outs and delivered a two-run home run beyond the wall in left. The blast was the first pinch-hit home run for Southeast since Eric Hoffman accomplished the feat April 7, 2004, against Freed-Hardeman.
The homer was the last hit Kelley (7-2) allowed in his three-hit complete game performance. Only four Redhawks reached base against the OVC wins leader; he struck out eight batters and walked two.
The Redhawks continued to struggle at the plate in the second game. Southeast knocked just four base hits in game two and failed to score a run. It was the first time the Redhawks had been shut out since game two of a doubleheader at Morehead State on May 13 last season.
Governors starter Matt Reynolds and relief pitcher David Vicini combined for the four-hit shutout. Vicini (1-1) recorded the win after entering the game with two outs in the fourth inning. He pitched three and one-third perfect innings of relief.
Austin Peay took a multi-run lead in the first inning, like game one, as three Governors crossed home plate.
Catcher Trey Lucas added a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to extend the Govs' lead to 4-0.
Southeast game two starter Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) gave up four runs on four hits in a complete game performance. Shah (5-1) was tagged for his first loss of the season and his first since when the Redhawks were last shut out at Morehead State last season.
Senior Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) recorded a pair of hits in the second game, finishing the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
The Redhawks will try to salvage game three of the series at Austin Peay Sunday. First pitch from Raymond C. Hand Park is scheduled for 1 p.m.; freshman Josh Syberg (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) will make the start for Southeast.