NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Baseball defeated Austin Peay 4-0 in exciting fashion behind an impeccable performances by junior pitcher Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) and senior catcher Austin Reynolds (Smyrna, Tenn.) Sunday afternoon.
Queener made his eighth start on the bump for the Bruins this season, having a career outing. He pitched his first-career complete game, shutting out the Govs, striking out a career-best 12 batters while only walking one. Queener forced seven three up, three down innings in Sunday's outing.
The Governors were only able to scatter three hits on the afternoon and only put a runner in scoring position one time.
In addition to the Queener's incredible defensive performance, senior Austin Reynolds had a nice outing offensively for the Bruins.
Reynolds was responsible for each of the Bruins four runs on the afternoon. After three and a half scoreless innings, Reynolds opened things up in the bottom of the fourth. After junior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) and senior Ben Kocher (Zionsville, Tenn.) reached base off a base hit and walk respectively, Reynolds stepped to the plate and sent a ball well over the left field fence to put the Bruins on top 3-0.
Reynolds once again stepped up and gave BU some life in the bottom of the seventh when he rocketed a one-out double to left center field. He put himself 90 feet from home plate, advancing on a wild pitch before freshman Jordan Henshaw (New Market, Ala.) was able to plate the base runner with an infield single to put the Bruins up 4-0.
Reynolds was also effective behind the plate as catcher for the Bruins. The Governors attempted to steal two bases, but Reynolds assisted in catching them both.
The Bruins scattered five hits, including a multi-hit bottom of the seventh and commited no errors on the afternoon.
The Bruins will be back on the diamond Tuesday, April 10th as they make the short trek to Middle Tennessee State University for a mid-week matchup. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. CT.