Johansen Takes No-Hitter Into Ninth for DBU

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Jake Johansen made a bid to join an exclusive club at Dallas Baptist (3-3) on Friday night as the righthander from Allen, Texas, took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Mississippi Valley State (1-6). After a strikeout to lead off the ninth, MVSU leadoff hitter Edward Cox sent a slow ground ball toward the backhand side of DBU shortstop RJ Talamantes and, before Talamantes could get to the ball and throw it across, Cox stood at first base and the DBU no-hit club remained at an even dozen. Johansen finished the night with 8.1 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts, and no earned runs allowed. Blake Webster came on in relief to record the final two outs but not before MVSU scored an unearned run on a two-out error to make the final score 8-1 in Dallas Baptist’s favor.

rp_primary_JohansenThe Patriots opened the scoring with two runs in the second as Michael Miller singled through the left side with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Austin Listi, who homered last night, doubled down the line in deep left to easily plate Miller with the first run of the evening. Max Hogan followed with a towering popup in the infield that was mishandled by second baseman Joseph Germaine on the right side of the infield to allow Listi to score to give DBU an early two run lead.

MVSU starter Montana Killier would stifle the Patriot bats from there on out. The Patriots would score another run in the fifth on a Ronnie Mitchell walk followed by a stolen base and a Boomer Collins double, his fourth of the season, before the floodgates opened in the eighth. In that inning, DBU would score five runs on five hits and a couple MVSU errors.

Had Johansen been able to close out the no-hitter, it would have been the 15th such game in Dallas Baptist history. Both Lance Broadway and Billy Brewer hurled no-hit gems on two different occasions with Broadway throwing his in 2003 and Brewer in 1987 and 1988. The ten strikeouts for Johansen were a career-high and the righthander collected ten groundball outs and four flyball outs in the outing.

DBU will look for a series sweep Saturday afternoon as they play host to Mississippi Valley at 1:00 pm. The Patriots will try to move their record above .500 for the first time this season as they prepare to host TCU Tuesday night at 6:30 pm. The Outlaw’s Pregame Show will begin Saturday at 12:40 pm with Brendan Smith and Nate Frieling on the call.

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