Baseball Picks Up Second Win of Series for DBU

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots (12-6) held on for a 6-4 win over host UNC-Charlotte (10-9) Friday night to clinch a series win, the first time Charlotte has lost a series at home in their last 21 tries. Aaron Gilbreath picked up his second save of the season after throwing four innings and allowing no runs. He pitched the Patriots out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the sixth by inducing an infield fly and a 6-4-3 double play to keep the lead at two. Joel Hutter collected three hits on the day and three RBI. Jake Johansen (1-1) was credited with the win after starter Taylor Massey failed to pitch five complete innings. Johansen allowed one run in 1.1 inning while Massey allowed three on six hits in 3.2 innings.

The Patriots got on the board in the first after Boomer Collins doubled to left, Hutter was hit by a pitch, and Landon Anderson doubled to right to score Collins. They picked up three runs in the third – two on a Hutter single and another after Hutter stole second and scored on a Duncan McAlpine double off the left-center wall.

Charlotte battled back to score four unanswered runs over the next three innings but the Patriots put the final tallies on the board in the sixth. Kenny Hatcher singled to center with one out and moved to third on two pickoff errors by the 49ers – one from the mound and one from behind the plate. Hatcher would score on a Collins infield single, which also moved Austin Elkins to second after he had been hit by a pitch. Elkins would score the final run of the game on Hutter’s third RBI, a single to center, which provided more cushion than Gilbreath would need.

He pitched around the bases loaded jam in the sixth, got a pickoff from his catcher McAlpine to help in the seventh, went three-up-three-down in the eighth, and then got the final batter of the game to ground out to short with a runner on second to preserve the win.

The Patriots will look for a series sweep tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST (12:00 CST) as they send Andrew Elkins to the mound for his second start of the season. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot Broadcasting Network beginning with the Pregame Show at 11:40 CST.

Dan Heefner Postgame Interview (coming soon)