Redhawks Take Series With 13-3 Win Over Govs
April 26, 2009
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (Sunday, April 26, 2009) - After the doubleheader marathon yesterday it could be excused if the Redhawks baseball team would be sluggish and tired today as they faced Austin Peay in the rubber game of their three-game series. Instead the Redhawks came out crisp in every facet of the game and won 13-3 at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Redhawks (25-16, 11-4 OVC) took advantage of the depleted Govs (18-25, 4-9 OVC) pitching staff as they struck early and often. They scored at least one run in the first six innings.
Senior Tyrell Cummings wasted no time in extending his hitting streak to 11 games as he drove in Justin Wheeler with a double to left center in the opening inning. In the second inning sophomore Trenton Moses picked up his 19th RBI of the season as he plated freshman Kenton Parmley to give the Redhawks a 2-0 advantage.
The Redhawks added two more runs to make it 4-0 in the third on a Jim Klocke RBI single and a Louie Haseltine RBI double. For Haseltine the inning was the start of what would end up being a huge individual offensive performance for the sophomore.
In the fourth inning the Redhawks blew the game wide open scoring three runs highlighted by Cummings' opposite-field, two-run single.
After the Govs got on the scoreboard with two runs of their own in the fourth to make it 7-2, the Redhawks answered with a Haseltine's solo homerun in the fifth, his second homerun in the series.
After Govs pitching staff retired the first two batters they faced in the sixth inning they allowed a Cummings single, put Klocke on base by hitting him and walked Matt Wagner to load the bases for Haseltine. Haseltine cleared the bases with his second double of the day and gave the Redhawks a 11-3 lead.
The Redhawks tacked on two more runs in their half of the ninth inning. Cummings collected his fourth RBI of the game and Wagner drove in Wheeler with a single to make it 13-3.
After giving up a 5-0 lead in yesterday's nightcap the Redhawks pitching staff was determined not to allow that to happen again. Redhawks ace James Leigh was sharp in his eighth start of the season as he pitched a season-high eight innings allowing just three runs (two earned) off of five hits, two walks while striking out eight. He improved to a team-best 6-1 on the mound including 4-1 in OVC games.
Closer Jim Klocke struckout the side in the ninth inning to preserve the Redhawks fourth OVC series win of the season.
Govs starter Jake Brisbin lasted just 2.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits.
The Redhawks collected 15 hits off the three Govs pitchers they faced with eight starters collecting hits including four collecting two or more hits.
Cummings went 4-5 with a walk, recorded four RBIs and two runs scored. It was his team-best 18th multiple hit game of the season as his second four-hit game of the year. It was also his tenth multiple RBI game of the year. He is now batting .464 on OVC play after going 9-14 over the weekend.
Haseltine went 3-6 with all three of his hits going for extra bases including his team-leading fifth homerun in OVC play. He drove in five runs, the second time this season he has driven in five or more runs in a game.
Klocke went 2-4 to tie Cummings with 18 multi-hit games. Wheeler finished 2-4 as well as he scored three times and drove in his 20th RBI in OVC play.
The Govs offense was led by catcher Trey Lucas who recorded a two-run homerun in the fourth inning.
The Redhawks dip back out of OVC play as they head to Conway, Arkansas for a two game series against Central Arkansas. The Redhawks and Bears will open the series on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude the series on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m.