The Austin Peay State Governors were in trouble right away on Friday evening when the Arkansas State Red Wolves came to Clarksville.
Ace starting pitcher Luke Brown took the mound for APSU and, during the first inning, he had to step off the mound to take a few practice throws. Head coach Travis Janssen came out to evaluate him, but Brown stayed in the game — but not for long.
After allowing one run, Brown’s evening was cut short when Keegan Mills started the second inning on the bump, thus beginning a merry-go-round of Govs pitchers for the night. Only two APSU hurlers went scoreless in their appearances — Greg Norman got two outs without a run and Collin Loose pitched a full inning. But by then, their teammates had already surrendered 12 runs.
The Governros ended up losing 12-7.
Things got out of hand early. Arkansas State ran out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning through a barrage of hits, and that advantage eventually swelled to 9-1 in the fourth. But the Governors fired back with a five-run stretch in the next two innings to get back within three, though only four of the runs came on RBIs.
It stayed that way until the eighth inning when the Red Wolves hit back-to-back home runs off Michael Sturek to pull away for good.
Arkansas State went on to sweep the rest of the non-conference weekend series. The Governors have lost four-straight games.