June 3, 2012
#1 Oregon 8, #4 Austin Peay 1
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Back For Seconds
By Taylor Gelbrich
EUGENE, Ore. – No. 4
Austin Peay squared off against No. 2 Cal State Fullerton as
both teams were vying to stay alive and get a chance for revenge
against top-seeded Oregon in the final of the Eugene Regional.
Austin Peay has been the underdog all season and
all regional. Even head coach Gary McClure said they don't get
The Governors (40-23) gave the ball to Casey
Delgado, a 5-10, 170-pound, right-handed junior whose season
numbers consisted of an 8-4 record with a 6.13 ERA and a .296
opponent batting average.
Those aren't really numbers you want with your
pitcher going against a baseball powerhouse and Big West
champion, but Delgado probably threw the best game of his
Delgado (9-4) tossed a complete-game three-hit
shutout with three walks and four strikeouts in Austin Peay's
3-0 win over the Titans (36-21). Austin Peay will be back in a
regional final for the second straight year in a row.
"He threw strikes,” said Fullerton head coach
Rick Vanderhook. “He threw the fastball for a strike and he
threw the breaking ball for a strike when he needed to. He had
at one point, probably nine groundouts through 12 hitters. We
didn't hit a ball in the air."
"He just pounded the strike zone,” said Titan
shortstop Anthony Trajano. “He worked down in the strike zone
and kept us off-balance."
Fullerton never got the bats going against
Delgado, but did have its only chance in the fourth.
Richy Pedroza led off with
a double and was immediately moved to third on an Ivory Thomas
sacrifice bunt. Fullerton sent to the plate their No. 3 hitter,
Carlos Lopez, and he connected with a curveball down and in that
he hit on the ground to the second baseman. Jordan Hankins
elected to throw home to try to preserve the scoreless tie and
just barely nabbed Pedroza at the plate.
The Titans never threatened again for the rest of
Fullerton elected to go with usual designated
hitter J.D Davis for the start, only his fifth of the year.
Davis gave up just four hits over six innings in his
Austin Peay was finally able to break through in
the top of the eighth. Jon Clinard led off with a walk, bringing
in Jose Cardona from the pen. APSU was able to execute a great
hit-and-run behind the bat of Hankins, which gave the Governors
runners on the corners with nobody out.
The next pitch from Cardona was wild and got away
from catcher Casey Watkins as the Governors took the 1-0 lead.
Hankins was able to move over to third on a Reed Harper flyout
to left and on the very next pitch Rolando Guatier extended the
Governors' lead to two with a base hit up the middle to score
"Their guys came through when they had to and we
didn't," Vanderhook said. "We didn't have many scoring
opportunities, one, and we had our best guy up and we ground out
on the first pitch."
Guatier took second on
another wild pitch and the Governors were in scoring position
yet again. Dimitri DeLaFuente seemed to get the inning-ending
popup from Tyler Childress in the middle of the infield. A
charging Matt Chapman came all the way from third to take it,
only to trip over the mound and have the ball fall for a base
hit. Guatier scored from second as Austin Peay took a big 3-0
lead over Fullerton and never looked back.