Defense Fails Patriots in Loss

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Football coaches talk about “three phases” in their game and the ability to control the trio throughout a contest. On Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (4-6) failed to secure dominating performances in any of the three phases of their sport and fell to Texas A&M-Corpus (6-5) for the second time, 6-3. The Patriot defense committed four errors in the game, the Patriot offense left 11 men on base, and the pitching staff surrendered five earned runs and struck out only four in the contest.

Michael Smith (0-2) was saddled with the loss as he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning while the Islander’s Matt Danton picked up his first win of the season. Cy Sneed received a no-decision for DBU as he threw 6.1 innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Paul Voelker threw the final 1.2 innings for DBU and gave up one run on three hits.

Corpus scored one run in both the second and the third inning to jump out to an early lead but DBU answered back to score the next three runs of the game to take a 3-2 lead into the seventh. That’s when the wheels fell off the DBU defense as they allowed Corpus to score three runs on a couple circus-type plays. Voelker would surrender an insurance run in the eighth and, when all was said and done, the DBU losing streak would reach three games.

Jaime Garrido led the Patriot offense with three hits and an RBI while Nash Knight recorded the other RBI with his second triple of the season. Justin Wall had two hits and three other Patriots recorded safeties on the afternoon.

Dallas Baptist will try to salvage the third game of the series on Sunday as they face Corpus again at 1:00 pm. DBU will send freshman righthander Cory Taylor to the mound in search of his first win of the season. The Pregame Show with Brendan Smith and Nate Frieling will begin at 12:35 pm on

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