Bullpen Falters In Loss to No. 29 Missouri State

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Trailing 2-1 heading to the seventh inning, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (16-9) were within striking distance of No. 29 Missouri State (21-7) at home Saturday afternoon. Six pitchers, eight walks, and six runs later, the Patriots found themselves on the short end of a 8-4 score as the starter Taylor Massey (4-2) picked up the loss on the mound while seeing Trent Petree (6-1) get the win for Missouri State after seven innings of one-run baseball.

Dallas Baptist had a 1-0 lead after the third inning when Nash Knight singled to center and scored on an Austin Elkins‘ single and an error on the left fielder, Keenan Maddox. That would be the only run the Patriots would score, however, until the eighth inning after Missouri State had already scored eight unanswered runs.

Massey lasted 6.1 innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks. Walks would become the theme of the day for the Patriot bullpen as five relievers followed Massey, with each lasting 1/3 of an inning and walking a combined eight batters and hitting one. Tyler Rockafellow would settle things down for DBU by throwing a scoreless ninth but it was too little, too late for a Patriot offense that was limited to two hits in the fourth through seventh innings. At one point, Petree retired 10 straight Patriot hitters before giving way to Tyler Burgess in the eighth inning.

DBU would score two runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth (on a Joel Hutter homerun) but could only get six hits on the day while committing two errors on defense. Missouri State also only picked up six hits but a combination of the errors and walks allowed them to score their eight runs and pick up a win to tie the weekend series.

Tomorrow’s rubber match is slated to begin at 1:00 pm with Andrew Elkins on the mound for DBU and Clay Murphy for Missouri State. Fans can listen to live  audio on their computer or smartphone at dbupatriots.com.

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