DBU Baseball Downed by SHSU, 5-3

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Box Score

Dallas Baptist (15-8) came into Tuesday night’s game with Sam Houston (15-9) having won three straight weekend series and nine of their last ten games. None of those numbers mattered, though, as Greg Oros (3-0) put the clamps on the Patriot offense with 5.1 innings of work out of the bullpen and handed Aaron Gilbreath (1-2) the loss, 5-3, in a game where Gilbreath lasted only two innings.

The Patriots struck first when the second batter of the game, Austin Elkins, lifted his third homerun of the season just inside the right field foul pole off starter Taylor Holt. That lead would only last, however, into the bottom of the second when SHSU scored three runs on four hits off Gilbreath. Each of those four hits was just a single but the run total was aided by a wild pitch that moved two runners into scoring position ahead of a Colt Atwood single to right.

The DBU deficit would remain two runs until the third inning when Sam Houston increased its lead. Jordan Staplescame on in relief of Gilbreath after he lasted only two innings and promptly walked the first two hitters he faced on eight pitches. That forced Tyler Rockafellow into the game on short warmup and the first batter he faced, Kevin Miller, reached on a bunt single while trying to sacrifice runners into scoring position. Ryan O’Hearn then grounded a ball off the glove of Nash Knight at third but right to Joel Hutter at short who threw on to first to retire O’Hearn – but allow a run to score. Rockafellow then got a pop up foul but a balk would score another run before Rockafellow finally pitched out of the third inning with the Bearkats leading 5-1.

The Patriots would crawl back into the game in the top of the fourth. Joel Hutter led off the inning with a hustle double into left field which was followed by a Landon Anderson groundout to second. From third base, Hutter scored on aDuncan McAlpine RBI double deep to left field and McAlpine scored on a KJ Alexander sacrifice fly to right. That would cut the Bearkat lead to 5-3 as Jay Calhoun came on to pitch for DBU. Calhoun would throw 1.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Stuart Pudenz.

The Bearkats would threaten in the sixth against Pudenz when Atwood led off the inning with a double down the left field line. He would be stranded at second, though, as Pudenz struck out the next three batters, the last two swinging to keep the Patriots within striking distance.

5-3, however, would be as close as the Patriots would climb. They stranded seven runners on the night and saw their two game winning streak come to a close. They will take the field again on Friday as they welcome Missouri State to Patriot Field for a three-game set.