The Colonels jumped out to a 3-0 lead over No. 2 seed Austin Peay on Thursday at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

But, the Govs scored eight-straight runs and held on for a 9-7 win at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois.

The No. 6 seed Colonels will face No. 4 seed Belmont in an elimination game at 4 p.m. today.

The game will air live on ESPN+.

EKU got off to a strong start, bringing all nine batters to the plate in the first inning and chasing Austin Peay starter Josh Rye from the game.

Will Johnson started the game with a single through the left side, stole second base and then scored on a single to center by Ryland Kerr. With two on and one out, Daniel Harris IV brought home Kerr with a single to left. Michael Brewer drew a bases loaded, two-out walk to force home the third run of the inningww.

The Governors used the long ball to take control. David Martinez hit a two-run shot in the second to make it 3-2. Aaron Campbell hit a three-run homer with two outs in the third to extend the margin to 6-3 and give APSU the lead for good.

The Colonels scored three times in the seventh to get back into the game.

With the bases loaded and one out, Brewer doubled to center to score a pair. Charles Ludwick scored later in the inning on a dropped third strike to make it 8-6.

EKU (31-26) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth, but couldn't bring in the tying runs. The Colonels drew within two runs again in the ninth, 9-7, on a two-out RBI single by Harris, but left the tying run at first base.

EKU stranded 17 runners on base in the game.

Brewer finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. Johnson had a 2-for-4 day with a walk and a run scored. A.J. Lewis went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

Parker Phillips was 3-for-4 with two runs for Austin Peay (32-23). Campbell went 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBI.

"It was a good battle," EKU coach Edwin Thompson said. "We came out early and kind of established ourselves, but they did a good job of silencing our bats through the middle of the game. They stayed consistent throughout the whole game. We couldn't get a stop until it was too late and offensively, we just didn't have enough big hits."

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