June 2, 2012
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Oregon 7, #2 Cal State Fullerton 5
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Governors edge Sycamores to
stay alive in Eugene
By Taylor Gelbrich
EUGENE, Ore. – It
was a battle of teams which fell short in their first games
because of miscues and Austin Peay was able to maximize on
Indiana State's mistakes for a 1-0 victory to move on in the
It was a tightly-contested game in which the
starting pitchers for both squads kept their respective opponent
at bay. The game was much like the weather, a constant
back-and-forth game like the constant back and forth of sunny to
cloudy and windy.
The game had a total of 12 hits and just one run,
but there were plenty more opportunities than the score
Indiana State's first inning foreshadowed the
rest of the game for them.
Landon Curry led off the game with a base hit and
ISU was already in scoring position after Curry took second on a
throwing error. Kyle Burnam moved Curry to third on a sacrifice
bunt and the Sycamores (41-19) looked to take the lead with
their best hitter at the plate.
Curry took off for home on Jeremy Lucas's ground
ball to the second baseman, but got caught in a rundown and
stayed in it long enough for Lucas to get to third. The threat
ended when Rob Ort lined out to left field to conclude the
Curry finished the game going 3 for 4, which was
more than half of ISU's total hits.
Indiana State never quite threatened again for
the rest of the game, but did manage to get runners on
throughout the contest. The big hit just never came for the
"We pitched well, our defense picked us up a lot
with great plays," said ISU right fielder, Ryan Walterhouse. "We
just couldn't get our bats going when we needed to, just balls
weren't falling. We were hitting them hard and we couldn't get a
spot for them to fall."
ISU's Sean Manaea (5-3) took the loss and gave up
only one run on seven hits in 7.1 innings. Manaea was
effectively wild, keeping the Governors (39-23) off-balance all
day with five walks and nine strikeouts. He didn't give up a hit
until the fourth.
"I would go as far as to say he is the best I've
seen all year," said APSU head coach Gary McClure. "I've seen
guys with better breaking stuff or guys who have thrown harder,
but the kid could really pitch. His fastball really jumped."
The defense was on full display in this pitcher's
duel. Indiana State alone had a handful of plays that were
fantastic. Two diving plays came from Walterhouse and then two
more diving grabs came from Jon Hedges and Koby Kramer to end
innings, but the play of the game came from Austin Peay.
Down to one out in the fourth, Walterhouse hit a
deep, long fly ball out to center that carried to the wall.
Center fielder Michael Blanchard tracked down the ball and
leaped at the wall while on a dead sprint to rob Walterhouse of
a game-tying home run. The play proved to be the last shot ISU
had to tie the game.
Austin Peay's starter, Andy Cox (6-1), picked up
the win after giving up just three hits in seven innings. All
three hits were to Curry.
"He did a great job," McClure said. "He never
panics. He is just that type of kid. I never saw one bit of
difference in his expression, his approach, wind-up, rushing,
anything like that and he just stayed the same. That's one big
reason for his success."
Austin Peay struck in the fourth. Jon Clinard led
off with a walk and that was followed by a Jordan Hankins base
hit. With one out and the bases loaded, the Governors finally
broke through with a Rolando Gautier base hit, but the inning
would come to an end after Gautier was picked off first
following an APSU strikeout.
The Govs threatened in the bottom of the seventh,
but ran themselves out of the inning again. Tyler Childress led
off with a scorching line drive up the middle and reached third
after Manaea tried to pick him off, but the throw went wide.
With a runner on third, P.J. Torres drew a walk. Austin Peay had
runners on first and third, but two strikeouts sandwiched Torres
getting picked off at first.
Austin Peay was picked off three times in the
game, two of which came with runners on the corners.
With one out in the ninth, Austin Peay went to
its closer, Tyler Rogers (12 SV). The same closer who took the
loss in the controversial ending with Oregon the night before
came in and got the final two outs to redeem himself.
When asked if he would like to see Oregon over
Fullerton in the next game, Rogers said, "It doesn't matter as
long as we keep playing."
Austin Peay takes on Cal State Fullerton at noon
on Sunday at PK Park.