Late Rally Falls Short in Stillwater

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots (3-1) traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma Tuesday night to face off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-3). After a Boomer Collins lead-off double led to a first inning run, Oklahoma State plated eight unanswered runs over the next seven innings to take an 8-1 lead into the eighth.

The Patriot bats came alive in the eighth after Cowboy starter Chase Stevens  (1-0) left the game and gave way to the Oklahoma State bullpen as a Ronnie Mitchell one out double was followed by Nash Knight‘s first collegiate hit. With two men on, Boomer Collins hit his second homerun as a Patriot and the Cowboy lead was cut to 8-4. Four batters later, Austin Elkins hit his first homerun of the season, another  three run shot, and suddenly it was an 8-7 game. The Patriots left the tying run stranded at second to end the eighth but were within striking distance of a game they once had no shot of winning.

After scoring six runs in the top of the eighth, the first batter in the Cowboy half of the inning reached on an error and later scored to move the OSU lead back to two runs. The Patriots mounted another attack in the ninth after Mitchell led off with his third hit of the game. Knight followed with a single and Collins bunted both runners to scoring position to bring Landon Anderson to the plate with a chance to tie the game. Vince Wheeland induced him to fly out to left andJoel Hutter to ground back to him to record his first save of the season and preserve the Cowboys’ first win.

Aaron Gilbreath (0-1) picked up the loss for the Patriots and  they now prepare for a trip to Houston to face the No. 5 Rice Owls. Game 1 is set for a 6:30 first pitch on Friday when the Patriots will send Jake Johansen to the mound. Cy Sneed and Taylor Massey will throw Games 2 and 3 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.