Jax State blasts Austin Peay in series finale
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Bishop had five hits and Paschal Petrongolo hit a pair of home runs and drove in five runs to lead Jacksonville State to a 19-9 win over Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference series finale on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (12-14,  6-3 OVC) finished with a season-high 23 hits, led by five from Bishop, while Cal Lambert had four, and Petrongolo, Chase Silvani and Gavin Golson finished with three hits each. It was also the second-most runs scored by JSU this season, just behind the 20 scored at UT Martin two weeks ago.

Graham Officer (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after pitching 1 2/3 innings of relief, while Ryan Quick (2-1) got stuck with the loss after giving up seven hits and four runs for the Governors.

The Gamecocks jumped out to to the early lead after Adam Miller and Gordon reached on back-to-back singles, before Blanchard hit a triple to right center and Petrongolo followed with a two-run home run to right center to give JSU a 4-0 lead.

Austin Peay (19-4,  4-1) cut the lead in half after Cody Hudson drove in two runs with a double in the first and then cut the lead to 3-2 in the third on Kevin Corey’s RBI, but JSU extended the lead in the fourth inning.

Bishop reached on a single and came in to score after Gordon singled up the middle, before Blanchard walked.

Petrongolo then hit a three-run home run to left center to give the Gamecocks an 8-3 lead.

The Govs battled back and scored a run in the fourth on a solo home run by Michael Davis, and then tied the game in the fifth inning after Jordan Hankins hit a 2-run home run, and Reed Harper had a RBI single to tie the game at 8-8.

Jax State came right back and scored four runs – all with two outs – in the top of the sixth inning to build a 12-8 lead, as Lambert, Silvani and Bishop all knocked in a run and Lambert scored on wild pitch for the Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State put the game out of reach in the seventh inning after scoring five more runs, all off of APSU closer Tyler Rogers, who had not allowed an earned run all season. Rogers walked four, hit a batter and gave up all five runs as JSU took a 17-8 lead.

The Governors scored a run in the home half of the seventh, before the Gamecocks added a pair of runs in the ninth inning for the final margin.

Jacksonville State returns to action with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Eastern Illinois next weekend. Thursday and Friday’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s series-finale will start at 2 p.m.
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