Patriots Knock Off Sooners for Second Time This Season

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For the second time this season, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (28-12) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (27-15), this time using a three-run fourth inning and a four-run ninth inning to put the game out of reach. They also received a solo homerun from Austin Elkins in the seventh as he extended his hitting streak to 20 games, as did Joel Hutter with a fourth inning single. Jay Calhoun (3-1) threw five innings, allowing one unearned run, to record the win while Stuart Pudenz recorded his fourth save of the season by throwing the final 2.1 innings of the game without allowing a run.

Oklahoma scored first in the game after the Patriots made two errors in the first inning and gifted the Sooners with a 1-0 lead. But the Patriots would score four runs in the fourth as Boomer Collins and Hutter singled to start the inning and Ronnie Mitchell reached on a bunt base hit while trying to sacrifice the two runners into scoring position. One run would score on an error in the inning and the other two would come in as Kenny Hatcher singled to center with two outs to give DBU a 3-1 lead.

The score would remain 3-1 until the seventh inning when the clubs traded runs. Elkins’ homerun, his sixth of the season, was a no-doubter to right field on the first pitch of the inning but the Sooners would get that run right back in the bottom of the inning when Max White singled up the middle with two on and two outs off Pudenz. The run was charged to Michael Smith, who had come into the game in relief of Aaron Gilbreath. Gilbreath did not record an out in his outing and Smith threw 1.2 innings and struck out two while allowing only the unearned run before giving way to Pudenz.

DBU would blow the game open in the ninth with four runs on no hits. Two walks, a hit by pitch (Elkins), and two errors would provide the final line score of the game as the Patriots won their third straight, dating back to last year’s Fort Worth Regional, against Oklahoma. The Patriots will take the field again on Friday night against Wichita State in Kansas with Cy Sneed on the mound. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot Broadcast Network with The Patriot Pregame Show beginning twenty minutes before first pitch.