Patriots Fall in Series Finale to Creighton

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For the third straight game, Dallas Baptist (0-3) jumped out to an early lead over Creighton (3-0) and, for the third straight game, Creighton was able to complete a comeback in the late innings. Unlike the first two games, though, this one was dominated by pitching and the DBU offense was never able to sustain an offensive attack in the 3-1 loss, collecting only eight hits off three Bluejay pitchers. Duncan McAlpine led DBU with two hits and collected the only RBI on the afternoon.

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Freshman Cory Taylor was masterful for five innings in his collegiate debut. The righthander threw 5+ innings and the only two runs he allowed scored after he had departed in the sixth with a 1-0 lead. Taylor struck out five and walked only one. He was relieved by Michael Smith who gave up three hits in his two innings of work. Smith did induce a bases loaded double play to end the sixth and keep the deficit for DBU at one.

Creighton would take a 2-1 lead in that sixth inning and tacked on another run in the eighth after a leadoff double was followed by a one out double by shortstop Alex Staehely. Paul Voelker would relieve Patrick Hicks, who started the inning, and a called strikeout to end the inning with men on first and second helped limit the damage.

DBU would threaten in the eighth off Creighton reliever Mark Winkelman when Ronnie Mitchell doubled to lead off the inning. After a Michael Miller groundout and a Boomer Collins strikeout, Duncan McAlpine hit a long flyball to right that was tracked down by Brennan Murphy in front of the warning track to keep Creighton in front.

Voelker stayed on the mound to start the ninth and immediately saw trouble. A single led off the inning and that was followed by a hit by pitch. Federico Castagnini was asked to bunt, though, and his attempt was pushed right back to Voelker who was able to turn and get the lead out at third base. That defensive play allowed Voelker to pitch out of the inning with two flyball outs.

The Patriots started the ninth with back-to-back singles as Mike Wesolowski drove a ball off the leftfield wall and was held to one base and KJ Alexander followed with a hit of his own. With runners on first and second and nobody out,Dan Heefner decided to not bunt with Austin Listi and was almost rewarded as Listi hit a hard line drive – but right at the shortstop Staehely. Staehely started a Bluejay twin killing that left Wesolowski at third. After a Nash Knight walk, RJ Talamantes flew out to right to close the game and the series sweep.

The Patriots will return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Houston, Texas, for an afternoon tilt against Rice University. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm and fans can listen to live audio from the Patriot Broadcasting Network beginning at 4:15 pm.

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