Patriots Outlast Sam Houston for Sixth Straight

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A day after scoring 18 runs and not being tested very heartily by Sam Houston State (8-9), the Dallas Baptist Patriots (11-8) had to battle on Saturday to overcome a reslient Bearkat squad, 8-7. DBU starter Cy Sneed did not factor in the decision after throwing six fantastic innings as Michael Smith picked up the win in 1.2 innings of relief. Paul Voelkerpitched around a threat in the ninth to pick up his second save as the DBU offense struggled early against SHSU starter Cody Dickson but ended up recording five runs against the southpaw in his six innings of work. Austin Listi had a momentum-swinging bases loaded double in the sixth and Nash Knight and Duncan McAlpine both chipped in two hits.

rp_primary_DSC_1928The Patriot bats did not threaten against Dickson until the sixth when they scored four runs to take the lead. After Jaime Garrido walked with one out, Boomer Collins lifted a high fly ball into shallow right and, for the second straight game, a Bearkat misplay allowed the Patriots an extra out in an inning and they took full advantage. Justin Wall walked to load the bases with two outs and  Listi belted a double off the left-center wall to tally three RBI and give DBU the lead. The Patriots added another run as a successful double steal and a Bearkat error scored Listi and DBU had a 4-2 lead to the seventh inning.
Cy Sneed‘s day would end into the seventh inning with the two-run lead. Sneed threw six complete, allowed only the two second inning runs, and struck out eight. He gave way to Blake Webster for the seventh inning. Webster would allow a run in the seventh as Michael Smith allowed his property to score on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one run butDuncan McAlpine got that run back in a big way with a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the inning and the Patriots added a second run when Collins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and nobody out to give DBU a 6-4 lead. The Patriots would not score again in the inning, though, with two strikeouts and a pop out and that would come back to haunt them. Sam Houston scored four in the eighth off Smith as he allowed two singles and a three-run homerun in the inning to lead by a run into the bottom of the eighth.
In the eighth, the Patriots would flex their offensive muscle once again. Knight singled to lead off the inning and was followed by a towering McAlpine flyball that landed on the rightfield foul line for a safety. RJ Talamantes sacrificed the runners to second and third and Garrido tied the game with a single of his own into leftfield. Michael Miller followed with a sacrifice fly to give DBU the lead into the ninth.
Paul Voelker came on to throw the ninth and had to pitch around trouble. A one out single put the tying run on board and only a fantastic diving play from Mitchell in righfield kept him there while recording the second out. That play would loom large as Kevin Miller followed with a single but a hard hit ball at Talamantes for an easy fielder’s choice would close the game.

Dallas Baptist will try for their second straight weekend series sweep on Saturday at 1:00 pm by sending freshman Cory Taylor to the mound. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 12:35 pm with Reagan Ratcliff and Brendan Smith on

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