DBU Outlasts Missouri State, 5-4 in 13 Innings

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A Daniel Salters‘ solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, combined with three shutout relief inning from Chance Adams helped lift No. 13 Dallas Baptist to a 5-4 win in the series finale versus Missouri State on Saturday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri.  In a series in which all three games were decided by one run, DBU (24-5, 6-3) salvaged the final game and avoided being swept in a three-game series for the first time since 2012.

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DBU jumped out to an early lead as the Patriots struck for the first three runs of the game, with their first run coming in the third inning on a Tagg Duce solo home run to left field.  The round-tripper was Duce’s fourth of the season and second of the week.  In the fourth, DBU scratched another run across the plate on ground out off the bat of Camden Duzenack that scored Drew Turbin from third.

Missouri State (20-8, 4-2) threatened offensively in the early going, but could not take advantage of scoring opportunities and left 10 men on base through the first four innings.  Leading 2-0 in the top of the fifth, DBU added another run when Justin Wall extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single to right.

In the Bears’ half of the fifth, Missouri State managed to score two runs and cut the DBU lead to 3-2.  The Patriots’ responded with a solo home run by Trooper Reynolds to deep left.  The long ball was Reynolds’ second in the weekend series and tied him with David Martinelli for the team-lead with seven.

Missouri State answered the Reynolds home run though with one of their own, as Cory Kay blasted a solo shot to left in the bottom of the sixth.

With the Patriots leading 4-3 and two out in the bottom of the eighth, MSU’s Tate Matheny placed a two strike pitch fromBrandon Koch into center field, scoring Joey Hawkins from second to tie the game at four apiece.

From there, DBU and Missouri State’s bullpens’ took over, as Koch shutdown the Bears’ offense in the ninth, before handing the ball to Chance Adams, while Alex Jefferson stymied the Patriot offense for five-plus shutout innings.

Tied 4-4 into the top of the 13th, Daniel Salters gave the Patriots the lead back when he blasted his first home run of the season over the fence in right off of MSU reliever, Andy Cheray.

Holding onto a one-run lead into the bottom half of the 13th, Chance Adams took the hill for his third inning of work.  Adams, who had struck out the side in order in both the 11th and 12th innings, gave up a lead-off single to Joey Hawkins.  Following a huge strikeout of Tate Matheny, Adams got Cory Kay to fly out to right.

The Bears would not go away quietly though.  Down to their final out, back-to-back singles from Aaron Meyer and  Spencer Johnson loaded the bases with two outs.  With the tying run standing ninety feet away and the winning run on second, Justin Paulsen hit the first pitch he saw to DBU second baseman, Drew Turbin, for the final out of the game.

With the win, the Patriots snap a two-game skid and bring an eight-game winning streak for Missouri State to a halt.

Box Score

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
5 – Hits today from DBU’s lead-off man, Drew Turbin.
12 – Number of hits combined between Drew Turbin (5), Trooper Reynolds (3), Tagg Duce (2), and Daniel Salters (2).
8 – One-run games played between DBU and Missouri State over the last two seasons.
18 – Runners left on base by Missouri State today.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
Dallas Baptist travels across town to Fort Worth on Tuesday to face TCU at Lupton Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm.