Free Passes Lead to Big Loss for Patriots on Friday

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots (16-14, 4-3) will need to win the final two games of the series in Las Cruces, New Mexico, against New Mexico State (17-14, 3-4) in order to secure their third straight conference series win after dropping the first game of the three-game set, 16-5. Jake Johansen (4-3) was handed the loss after completing only two innings, walking four and giving up five hits. He allowed the first seven runs in the game for New Mexico State, including the first four in a nine-run third inning for the Aggies. In all, Patriot pitchers walked nine NMSU hitters, all of which came around to score. Adam Mott (4-3) picked up the win for the home team after throwing six innings and giving up six hits. Boomer Collins homered for DBU and Justin Wall had a two-run triple in the fated third inning.

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The story of the night for the Patriots was the free pass. After scoring two in the first inning on the Collins homerun, which also plated Michael Miller who had doubled, Johansen gave up a single, a walk, and a two-run triple to tie the score. In the second, a one out walk would score for the Aggies and they had an early 3-2 lead.

The Patriots were able to grind out some offense in the third when, with two outs, Collins doubled to right center and was followed by an intentional walk to Duncan McAlpine. Both of those runners would score on the Wall triple and DBU had regained a one run advantage. Then, the wheels fell off for the DBU pitching staff. Johansen was lifted with no outs in the third for Blake Webster. Webster did not get the benefit of the call on some close pitches and recorded only two outs in the inning before giving up five runs, the final three on a homerun off the bat of Robert Lecount. Caulin Craglewould record the final out of the third but not before NMSU had scored nine runs in the frame and taken a commanding lead in the game.

Cragle would record two outs in the fourth before being lifted in favor of Patrick Hicks and  Hicks would throw the final 2.1 innings in the contest, allowing none of his own runs to score while striking out three. The Patriot offense would muster only one more run in the final four frames of the run-rule shortened game and now look to Cy Sneed for a win tomorrow in order to give themselves a chance Sunday for a third-straight WAC series win. First pitch on Saturday is set for 7:05 pm with a 6:40 pm pregame show on dbupatriots.com/showcase with Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff.

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