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Pucheu strikes out 12, Govs win 10-4

By Keion Leach

Tnsports360.com

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay pitcher Jacques Pucheu struck out a career-high 12 and Austin Peay took Game 2 of its series with Tennessee Tech, winning 10-4 at Hand Park Saturday.

Pucheu improved to 3-0 this season and struck out the side in the sixth inning and struck out two batters in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Golden Eagles loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but Pucheu worked out of the trouble by striking out a batter.

Pucheu faced only 23 batters and allowed two hits while walking three. Pucheu hasn’t allowed a run in 22 innings.

“For me, I’m able to throw the ball on both sides of the plate,” Pucheu said. “This year I developed the particulars. Outside of that, it’s just changing up the strikes and getting them to force contact early.”

Austin Peay, which improved to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the OVC, struck quickly with first baseman Parker Phillips hitting a three-run homer in the first inning.

Phillips added a double and was hit by a pitch twice. Garrett Spain, David Martinez and Matt Joslin each had a hit and RBI.

“The confidence in swinging the bats, we’ve had a hard time scoring runs lately,” Govs coach Travis Janssen said. “For us to put some runs on the board and see rallies develop every inning, that’s been great to see.”

Tennessee Tech starter Mark Leonard took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits.

Austin Peay built a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning and went ahead 10-0 after the sixth inning. The Golden Eagles scored three runs in the eighth inning and added their final run in the ninth.

Austin Peay will go for the sweep when it plays Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. at Hand Park Sunday.

“In baseball it’s difficult to sweep an opponent,” Janssen said. “We know they are going to come out and fight. The thing we have to fight against is complacency. The thing we don’t want to do is come out and choose not to give any effort.”

Notable

* It was the 41st time Phillips was hit by a pitcher, an APSU record. He was hit by a pitch in Friday’s game with the Golden Eagles.

* Batters are hitting .071 against Pucheu

* Freshman Sebastian Martinez struck out four.

Keion Leach is an intern with Tnsports360.com. Questions and comments can be directed to jtrodglen@tnsports360.com.