March 4, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay's Cody Hudson hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Governors rallied past the Michigan State baseball team, 10-7, Monday evening in the rubber game of the series at Raymond C. Hand Park.
With the score tied at 7 and runners on first and second with one out, Hudson delivered his three-run shot to right field off of freshman closer Justin Alleman.
The Spartans (4-5) trailed 4-1 after four innings, but stormed back with six runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead. MSU hammered out six hits, including RBI doubles by Jordan Keur and Anthony Cheky and RBI singles from Kevin Goergen, Ryan Krill and Justin Hovis. Cheky and Goergen had three hits apiece for Michigan State, who out-hit Austin Peay, 13-11.
After giving up three runs on three hits in the first, Spartan starter Mick VanVossen settled in and allowed just one more run during the rest of his outing. He lasted until the sixth, when he was relieved by Trey Popp. VanVossen struck out four and allowed four runs, all earned, on seven hits in his 5 2/3 innings.
Popp faced a jam when he entered the game in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third with two outs, but a groundout ended the Governor threat.
Popp ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up a walk and two straight singles to open the inning that cut the Spartan advantage to 7-5. Alleman then relieved Popp and got out of the inning, but not before the Governors tied it at 7 on a fielder's choice RBI groundout and a run-scoring double.
Michigan State put the pressure on APSU (9-2) by placing runners on first and second and one out in the eighth, but a double play ended the inning. MSU loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth and came up empty again as a strikeout halted the scoring opportunity. The Spartans left 13 men on base in the game.
Alleman had no trouble with a 1-2-3 eighth; in the ninth, however, he walked the leadoff batter and hit the second to put runners on first and second with no outs. Alleman (0-2) struck out Reed Harper to temporarily slow the Governor rally before Hudson came through with the game-winning homer.
Tyler Rogers (1-0) threw two scoreless innings to earn the win for Austin Peay.
Michigan State continues its spring break trip with two games at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. Game one of the series is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, while Wednesday's game will also begin at 4 p.m. ET.