DBU Outscored, 12-7, Against Bradley

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Dallas Baptist (38-17) scored first in Friday night’s game against Bradley (26-24-1) but it was the Braves’ offense that made the loudest statement as they scored five runs in the first three innings and held on for a 12-7 win. Cy Sneed (8-4) was saddled with the loss after throwing 5.1 innings and allowing seven runs, including three on back-to-back-to-back homeruns with two outs in the third inning. Bradley starter Justin Ziegler (4-4) picked up the win after also throwing 5.1 innings and allowing four earned runs. The Bradley win sets up the rubber match of this three-game series Saturday at 1:00 pm from O’Brien Field in Peoria, Illinois.

DBU jumped on top in the second inning as Joel Hutter clubbed his second homerun in as many at-bats going back to Thursday night’s win. His 11th homerun of the season, however, would score the only run of the inning for the Patriots even though Landon Anderson followed his at-bat with a double with nobody out. Bradley would answer in the bottom of the inning with two runs after a single and a double to lead off their half of the inning.

The Braves would increase their lead to 5-1 with the three homeruns in the third and would score again in the fourth on a two-out single. Ryan Behmanesh doubled in the fifth and scored on a Duncan McAlpine single to get that run back and DBU scored two more in the sixth to cut the lead to one at 5-4. That would be the closest the Patriots would get in the game, though, as Bradley answered those two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the inning and outscored the Patriots 4-3 in the final three innings.

Tyler RockafellowAaron Gilbreath and Blake Webster combined to throw the final 2.2 innings of the game for DBU with Webster throwing the only scoreless frame as he came on in the eighth. Collins finished the day with three hits and three RBI for the Patriots while Hutter and McAlpine each had two RBI. Kenny Hatcher collected the only other multi-hit day for DBU as he went 2-4 on the night.