Patriots Bested by Frogs at Home

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For the third straight game at Horner Ballpark, a team took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. The only difference on Tuesday night, it was the Dallas Baptist Patriots (4-4) who struggled to get base-runners as opposed to Mississippi Valley State on the previous two occasions  TCU (1-6) used five different pitchers to shut down a Patriot offense that had scored 50 runs in its previous three games as starter Trevor Seidenberger (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, striking out six, and walking only one to lead TCU to a 6-1 win over DBU.

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TCU scored one run in each of the first two innings off DBU starter Jay Calhoun (1-1) as he lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up six hits and two walks. The big blow for TCU came in the sixth as they scored three runs off three different DBU pitchers, including touching up DBU reliever Michael Smith for three hits with the bases loaded as he allowed three inherited runners to score and was charged with an earned run of his own in 2.2 innings of work. In all DBU used five pitchers in relief of Calhoun with Aaron Gilbreath being the most effective with 1.1 innings of perfect baseball.

The Patriots tried to crawl back in the game in the seventh inning as Seidenberger exited with a no-hitter still intact.Ronnie Mitchell reached on an error by second basemen Derek Odell to open the inning and that led to the exit of Seidenberger after six innings pitched. Boomer Collins would then end the no-hit bid off reliever Trey Teakell with a single up the middle to put two runners on with no outs. A Michael Miller double would then score Mitchell to cut the lead to 5-1 and DBU was in business. The threat would be short-lived, however. The next batter, Justin Wall, hit a screaming line drive to Odell who atoned for his earlier error by catching Miller off the bag at second for a rally killing double play. KJ Alexander would walk in a pinch hit appearance for Duncan McAlpine as TCU brought in left-hander Travis Evans. Justin Scharf would then come in to face another DBU pinch hitter in Chane Lynch and would end the inning with a called strikeout. An inning that started with much promise ended quietly and that missed opportunity would be magnified as TCU scored another run in the eighth to make it 6-1 with six outs left for DBU.

DBU would not threaten again in the contest and lost to TCU for the first time in the last six meetings against the Horn Frogs. DBU will play again Friday as they travel to Texas A&M Corpus Christi for a three game set with the Islanders beginning at 6:30 pm. Fans can listen live to the Patriot Broadcasting Network beginning with the Pregame Show at 6:05 pm.

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