Patriots Fall to Texas in Extra Innings

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Michael Smith (1-1) picked up a hard-luck loss Tuesday night in Austin as Dallas Baptist (6-6) fell in 12 innings to No. 25 Texas (5-7), 2-1. Smith threw 5.2 innings in relief, struck out six, and only allowed two hits – but both of them came in the final inning. A leadoff bloop single from Alex Silver started the inning and an infield single from Tim Maitland finished it, and the game, as both teams struggled to get runners on base and push runners across the plate after the second inning.

Jordan Staples started the game for the Patriots and lasted only 1.2 innings as he allowed only one run on one hit, but hit four batsmen in the short outing. Andrew Elkins came in relief of Staples and was outstanding in his 4.1 innings of work. He allowed two hits and struck out two before handing the game over to Smith.

Offensively, five different Patriots collected single hits on the night and they collected seven walks in the contest. Their only run came in the first inning as RJ Talamantes led off the game with a double and moved to third on a Landon Anderson flyout to left center field. Boomer Collins then walked and was subsequently caught stealing as lefthander Dillon Peters picked to first as Collins left for second base. During the rundown, however, Talamantes was able to sneak across home plate and the Patriots had an early lead.

That would be the only run they would score in the contest, however, as they stranded nine baserunners and collected only the five hits. They will return to action Thursday night at home as they welcome Houston Baptist to Patriot Field for a 6:30 first pitch.