Mitchell Powers DBU to 6-5 Win Over No. 29 MSU

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Facing one of the top pitchers in the country in Pierce Johnson, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (16-8) held on for a 6-5 win over No. 29 Missouri State (20-7) Friday night at Patriot Field as Ronnie Mitchell hit a game winning homerun in the sixth inning and Jake Johansen (2-1) threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Stuart Pudenz collected his second save of the year after entering the game in the 8th inning with bases loaded and nobody out with a two run lead. He pitched out of that jam with a double play groundball that scored a run before a flyout to right ended the inning. He walked one in the ninth but struck out two to close out the game.

Missouri State struck first off DBU starter Cy Sneed with three runs on four hits in the opening inning. Sneed pitched into the fourth inning but was lifted in favor of Jake Johansen after throwing 3.1 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four in his shortest outing of the year.

The Patriots had answered with three runs of their own in the second inning after a Missouri State error left runners on first and second with no outs. Jaime Garrido singled through the right side to score Landon Anderson and then, two outs later, Austin Elkins singled up the middle to plate two more runs.

Anderson would hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score Boomer Collins and give the Patriots a 4-3 lead before Missouri State tallied their final run off Sneed in the fourth. They would not score again, however, as Johansen was masterful in his relief appearance, striking out eight of the eleven outs he recorded. Johansen’s outing would allow DBU to take a two run lead at 6-4 as Mitchell hit his third homerun of the season, this one a towering shot to right center field that would score Elkins – who had reached on an infield single.The two run cushion would remain until the 8th when Michael Smith came into the game and loaded the bases before the Pudenz heroics to put the game away.

The Patriots and Bears will play again Saturday as DBU looks to win their fifth straight series of the season. Taylor Massey will toe the rubber for the Patriots beginning at 2:00 pm. Live audio can be heard on dbupatriots.com.

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