First Inning Runs Doom Patriots in Loss

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots (11-10) used seven different pitchers on Tuesday night at Blue Bell Park in College Station. Only one of the seven gave up any runs and the runs, two of them, both came in the first inning off starter Blake Webster (1-1). Those two runs, however, were all four Aggie pitchers needed to defeat the Patriots as Texas A&M (15-7) won the contest, 2-0. Starter Grayson Long (3-0) was credited with the win as DBU managed only three hits and struck out six times on the night.

Webster was given the game ball to start the night for the Patriots and was slated to throw only one inning, maybe two, by Head Coach Dan Heefner. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowed two hits, two doubles, two walks, and struck out one during his outing. He was replaced by left-hander Aaron Gilbreath who had the longest outing of the game for DBU in allowing only one hit over 2.1 innings. Jay CalhounCaulin CraglePatrick HicksCody Beam and Paul Voelkerall followed with scoreless innings but the damage had already been done and the DBU offense was never able to get anything going at the plate. Ronnie Mitchell and Nash Knight both tallied singles and Boomer Collins picked up his tenth double of the season but, other than those three hits, the Patriots had only three other baserunners on the night and all six were stranded in the shutout.

Six different Aggies picked up a single hit in the game with Mitchell Nau and Cole Lankford recorded the RBI in back-to-back at-bats off Webster. DBU pitchers struck out seven Texas A&M batters, with Gilbreath striking out three in his two-plus innings.

The Patriots will begin conference play for the first time as an NCAA Division I program with three games at San Jose State this weekend, beginning Friday with an 8:00 pm CST start time. Jake Johansen will toe the rubber for the Patriots as they look to stop a two-game slide. Fans can listen live to all the action on the weekend by tuning in to www.dbupatriots.com/showcase.

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