Patriots Blow By Sam Houston to Open Series

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The Dallas Baptist (10-8) offense exploded for sixteen runs in the middle innings of Thursday night’s game at Horner Ballpark on their way to an 18-4 win over Sam Houston State (8-8) to open a three-game series in Dallas. Jake Johansen threw six strong innings to pick up his second win of the season and Boomer Collins led a sixteen hit attack with five RBI, four of which came on his first homerun of the young season. Michael Miller had three hits, his second consecutive multi-hit game, and two RBI while three other Patriots picked up three RBI in the game.

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Johansen fell behind early in the game after Sam Houston scored two runs on four hits in the first inning. The big righthander would buckle down, though, and not allow another run until the fifth when the Bearkats struck for a leadoff triple and a solo homerun in the frame. By that time, though, the homerun made the game 10-4 in the home team’s favor. Dallas Baptist scored two in the second, aided by a couple Sam Houston misplays in the outfield, eight in the fourth, and seven in the fifth. They also tacked on a single run in the sixth after Miller doubled to lead off the inning.

It was the fourth inning that put the game away for DBU. Austin Listi singled to right and went to second on an error, one of three the Bearkats made on the night. After a walk and a fielder’s choice, Duncan McAlpine walked ahead of anRJ Talamantes two-RBI single to right. Another outfield error would allow Jaime Garrido aboard and Miller would single home a run. Collins would plate another run with a double, one of four on the night for DBU, and, with two outs,Austin Listi lifted a mammoth shot to left field for his fourth homerun of the season and, just like that, DBU had opened the floodgates.

In the fifth, it was more of the same for DBU as they rapped out five hits in the inning and seven more runs. The big blow was off the bat of Collins as he greeted reliever Derek Barosh with a grand slam to left field that put a DBU stamp on the wild offensive night.

The Patriots and Bearkats will meet again on Friday for the second game of the three-game set. First pitch is set for 2:00 pm as Cy Sneed takes the hill for DBU. Live audio and video is available on beginning at 1:35 pm.

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