Patriots Allow Seven Unanswered Runs, Lose 7-1

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Jay Calhoun gave the Patriots his second straight quality outing on the mound, throwing five innings of shutout baseball against Texas Tech on Wednesday afternoon, but it was not enough as DBU fell, 7-1, in Lubbock to drop their record to 21-10 on the season. Aaron Gilbreath (1-3) was saddled with the loss in relief of Calhoun as the DBU offense managed only the single run on nine hits. Their lone RBI came off the bat of Ronnie Mitchell, as his infield single scored Austin Elkins, who had tripled with one out in the sixth.

The Mitchell RBI was the first run of the game for either side as Calhoun and Tech starter Rusty Shellhorn ended the day with almost identical line scores – each throwing five innings, giving up three hits and zero runs. Shellhorn was replaced by Aaron Corwin who was greeted by the Elkins triple with one out in the sixth. Elkins beat right fielder Jordan Lopez on a hard hit ball to right and raced easily into third with his fifth triple of the season. Mitchell was the next batter and drove Elkins in with a swinging bunt that came to rest about twenty feet down the third base line. The Patriots took a 1-0 lead on the play but could muster no more runs the rest of the day as three Tech relievers combined to throw a scoreless seventh, eighth, and ninth.

With the 1-0 lead, Gilbreath came in from the bullpen looking for a shutdown inning – but that zero would be elusive as a one out error charged to Joel Hutter allowed the tying run on base ahead of a single past Jaime Garrido at first that led to the first Red Raider run of the afternoon. Texas Tech would score two in the inning on their way to seven straight in the game, four of which came off Michael Smith in his one inning of work. Tyler Rockafellow threw 0.2 of scoreless baseball before giving way to Jordan Staples to throw the eighth. Staples allowed a run on no hits as Jamodrick McGruder walked and stole second before scoring two batters later. McGruder ended the day with three walks and two stolen bases.

Offensively for DBU, Elkins picked up two more hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games as did Hutter with a ninth inning single to right.

DBU will turn around and play again tomorrow at home as they welcome Southern Illinois to Dallas at 6:30. Cy Sneedis expected to take the mound for DBU as they look to return to the win column against the Salukis, a team they split a two-game series with in 2011. All three games of the series will be broadcast on with Reagan Ratcliff and Brendan Smith calling the action.

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