Offense Struggles in Loss to Islanders

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For the second straight game, the Dallas Baptist (4-5) offense struggled to find life as they fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-5), 5-1 on Friday night. Jake Johansen (1-2) was saddled with the loss after throwing seven innings and striking out nine as his efforts were trumped by righthander Trevor Foss (2-1) who recorded eight of the fourteen Patriot strikeouts on the night and allowed no runs on only four hits in seven innings of his own. DBU had opportunities in the game but stranded ten runners, including two in the fourth and three in the sixth, while wasting a solid effort from Johansen on the mound.

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Johansen, a redshirt junior from Allen, Texas, ran into trouble in the first after allowing a leadoff infield single which was followed by an infield error to put two runners on with no outs. Two more singles would follow in the inning to give the Islanders an early 2-0 lead, a lead that would prove too much for the Patriot offense to overcome. A leadoff walk in the third, a double from Eric Weiss, and two more singles would push the lead to 4-0 against Johansen but he would settle in from there, striking out five straight Islander hitters in a span that covered part of the fifth and sixth innings and allowing only another single run in the sixth. Blake Webster would throw a perfect eighth inning, striking out all three Islander batters he faced.

The DBU offense could never mount much of a rally, scoring only a single run in the eighth after Boomer Collins led off the inning with a triple and scored on a Duncan McAlpine single to right one out later. McAlpine also reached twice via walk, as did Justin Wall who also doubled in the contest. The eighth was the only inning where the Patriots recorded more than one hit in the same frame and it was one of only three innings in which DBU had multiple baserunners.

The same two teams will square off Saturday with first pitch set for 1:00 pm. Dan Heefner will send sophomore Cy Sneed to the mound in search of his second win on the young season. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 12:40 on dbupatriots.com/showcase.

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