DBU Baseball Falls in Ruston

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Dallas Baptist traveled to Ruston, Louisiana Thursday morning for a match-up with future WAC opponent Louisiana Tech. Thursday night, the Patriots (13-7) were stymied on offense, picking up only two hits in the game, while Cy Sneed(4-2) picked up the loss after another outstanding outing on the mound.

The Patriots had a golden opportunity to strike first in the game as Tech starter Phil Maton walked three in the first inning. He struck out RJ Talamantes to open the game but then walked Austin Elkins and Boomer Collins before, with runners on the corners, getting Joel Hutter to pop up in the infield. He then walked Landon Anderson to load the bases but induced Duncan McAlpine to ground out to end the threat.

Sneed had struck out six batters through three innings but trailed 1-0. The Bulldog run came in the second inning as Taylor Burch doubled with two outs to score Austin Hedges, who had singled.

Landon Anderson helped tie the game at one when he led off the fourth inning with a double over the head of Burch in right field and moved to third on a groundout by Duncan McAlpine. He scored one batter later on a wild pitch to knot the game at one.

The score would stay at one apiece until the sixth when Sneed walked back-to-back hitters to open the frame. Burch would bunt the runners to second and third before Kyle Arnsberg singled to left to plate Hedges with the go-ahead run. After a popped up bunt with runners on the corners, Sneed was lifted for Michael Smith after throwing 5.2 innings, striking out 10, and walking two. Smith ended the threat in the sixth by getting Beau Bayliss to fly out to right. He finished the game, throwing 2.1 innings, striking out two and walking one.

The Patriots threatened again the seventh when McAlpine led off with a single through the left side. Nash Knight then flew out to center before Michael Miller walked to put runners on first and second. The Bulldogs went to Jamie Gilley out of their bullpen and Kenny Hatcher was lifted for pinch hitter Patrick Hicks. Before he could finish his at-bat, Duncan McAlpine was picked off second base trying to steal third and Hicks then proceeded to strike out to end the inning. In all, the Patriots punched out 11 times on the night.

The Patriots went quietly in the eighth and ninth, getting only one batter on board with a McAlpine ninth inning walk, and saw their seven-game win streak snapped. They will return to action tomorrow night at JC Love Field with Taylor Massey set to toe the rubber at 6:00 pm.