Patriots Fall to Baylor, 9-2

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Baylor sent righthander Austin Stone (3-1) to the mound Sunday night hoping the freshman could give them some quality innings. They got that and more as Stone held the Patriots hitless for five innings and the Baylor offense got to DBU starter Jay Calhoun (3-3) for six runs, four of which were earned, in 2.2 innings to cruise to a 9-2 win in the first championship game of the NCAA Waco Regional. The loss by Dallas Baptist sets up a Monday night matchup between the two schools with a Super Regional berth on the line.

The Patriots found themselves in an unfamiliar position early in the game – trailing. Baylor scored a run in the first inning to jump on top, the first time DBU has trailed in a game in this regional. After stranding a runner in the top of the first, DBU sent Calhoun to the mound and he walked the leadoff batter of the game, Nathan Orf. Orf moved to second on a groundout, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on another groundout to tally the first run of the game without the benefit of a base hit. A leadoff hit batsman would cost Calhoun another run in the second as Baylor received a two-out hit from their nine-hole hitter, Adam Toth, to extend their lead to 2-0.

Dan Evatt would homer for the Bears in the third with a man on and then Baylor would score two more in the inning via an infield error to make it 6-0 before the Patriots had even picked up their first hit. They finally got their first hit with one out in the sixth off Stone. Austin Elkins doubled down the first base line past the outstretched glove of Max Muncy and was followed by a Ronnie Mitchell double on a ball that was blistered to left-center field. Stone got Boomer Collins to pop out for the second out of the inning and then was lifted for Ryan Smith after throwing two balls to Joel Hutter. Smith would wind up walking Hutter, a walk that was charged to Stone, before striking out Landon Anderson on a breaking ball in the dirt to stand two runners.

DBU would score another run in the seventh when Ryan Behmanesh doubled down the left field line with one out andKenny Hatcher slapped a two-out, two-strike pitch to right field. The Bears would get that run back, however, in the bottom of the inning on a Logan Vick double to keep their cushion at five runs, 7-2. A couple solo homeruns in the bottom of the eighth would push the score to its final.

That would be as close as the Patriots would get on the night. The loss sets up the winner-take-all game on Monday night at 6:30 pm in Waco. Live audio will be available on with the pregame show beginning at 6:10 pm.

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