DBU Baseball Wins Second Straight Over Islanders

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots evened their season record at 5-5 with a 5-1 win over Corpus Christi Friday evening. Taylor Massey (2-1) pitched six strong innings for the Patriots and Michael Smith picked up his first save of the season in three innings of work. Ryan Behmanesh opened the game up in the seventh inning with a two-run homer into a stiff breeze as Corpus Christi dropped to 6-4 on the season.

Massey allowed just one run in his six innings of work while striking out seven and walking one. The lone run came in the seventh inning and was actually an inherited runner for Smith, who allowed two hits and struck out three while facing the minimum in his outing. The Patriots had an early one run lead after manufacturing a run with a double, groundout and sacrifice fly in the second inning and later stretched that lead to two in the sixth on an RJ Talamantessingle and RBI. That hit stretched Talamantes’ hit streak to six games.

The Islanders cut the 2-0 lead in half in the seventh but Boomer Collins answered quickly with a double to lead off the bottom of the inning and advanced to third when Omar Garcia had trouble digging the ball out of the corner in left. The Patriots almost stranded him there after a strikeout when Duncan McAlpine walked and pinch-hitter KJ Alexander just beat out a double play relay throw from shortstop Drew Vest. That hustle from Alexander allowed Behmanesh to hit and he crushed a ball to left, into a stiff north wind, to give the Patriots the four run cushion.

Smith made those runs stand up and the Patriots now stand at .500 with a chance to sweep the Islanders on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm. Jay Calhoun, a freshman, will start for DBU while the Islanders have yet to decide on a starter.