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Austin Peay State University Baseball defeats Florida Gulf Coast 19-12 for ASUN victory – Clarksville Online

APSU BaseballFort Myers, FL – Two-way forward Lyle Miller-Green became just the third Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball hitter to finish a 6-for-6 game at the plate as he led the Governors to a 19-12 Atlantic Sun Conference win over Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at Swanson Stadium.

With the win, APSU clinched the ASUN series victory and kept pace with the league leaders with four weeks left in the regular season.

Miller-Green sparked a Governors offense through the first four innings that was involved in a scoring Donnybrook. He had an RBI single in the first inning, an RBI double in the second inning and an RBI single in the third inning before capping the crazy first half of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. When things settled down in the second half, Miller-Green singled in the sixth and ninth innings to complete his 6-for-6 effort.



It was just the third 6-for-6 performance and fifth six-hit day in program history. Miller-Green joined Patrick Massoni (2016 vs. Oklahoma) and Garrett Copeland (2015 vs. Middle Tennessee) in the 6-for-6 club. Gino Avros (2021 at Southeast Missouri) and Chad Cunningham (2008 vs. Morehead State) also had six hit days, but each reached the milestone with seven at-bats.

Additionally, Miller-Green’s home run was his twentieth this season. He joined Parker Phillips as the only Governors to hit 20 home runs in a season. Miller-Green and center fielder John Bay, who hit his 17th home run of the season on Sunday, are chasing Phillips’ program record of 25 home runs from the 2019 season.

Miller-Green’s home run in the first inning gave Austin Peay State University a brief 1–0 lead, which was erased in the bottom of the first inning when FGCU scored three runs to take a 3–1 lead.

Then the madness followed. Austin Peay State University scored seven runs on eight hits in the second inning, taking an 8-3 lead and pushing the lead to 9-3 with Miller-Green’s runscoring single in the third.

FGCU responded with seven runs on seven hits in the fourth inning to take the lead back to 10-9. The APSU Govs battled back with six runs on six hits in the fourth inning, including a Jaden Brown grand slam and Miller-Green’s two-run home run, to lead 15-10 at the half.



After FGCU’s seven-run third inning, the Governors’ bullpen held the Eagles to two runs on four hits over the final six innings. APSU reliever Josh Howitt (1-2) picked up the win after holding FDCU to three runs on five hits and four walks after taking over late in the third inning to go 3.2 innings.

Jackie Robinson followed with two scoreless innings before Tyler Hampu closed the game with a scoreless ninth inning, including two strikeouts.

All nine Governors starters in the lineup recorded at least one hit in the win, while Austin Peay State University had a season-best 24 hits. Catcher Gus Freeman went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Shortstop Jon Jon Gazdar added a 3-for-6 effort, including a pair of doubles.

Miller-Green, Jaden Brown, Bay and first baseman Justin Olson accounted for Austin Peay State University’s four home runs. Bay belted a leadoff home run in the second inning, and Szako hit a two-run home run later in the inning. Austin Peay finished the game with 99 home runs this season.

All nine FGCU batters finished the day with a single and RBI. Designated hitter Ian Farrow led the effort with his 3-for-5, three-RBI effort, including solo home runs in the third and fifth innings. Short stop Jacob Lojewski went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

FGCU reliever Ryland Bozenhard (0-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings.



Next up for APSU baseball

The Austin Peay State University baseball team returns home to begin a five-game homestand with an appearance against Middle Tennessee on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Governors next host Eastern Kentucky in a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

Tickets for all Austin Peay State University home games are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the APSU Athletics Ticket Office at 931.221.4329 during regular business hours.