Patriots Outslug Salukis, 11-8

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Down by five runs before they scored their first, Dallas Baptist (22-10) rallied back to defeat Southern Illinois, 11-8, Thursday night at Patriot Field. Duncan McAlpine paced the offense with four hits, including a homerun and two doubles, while Joel Hutter hit two homeruns of his own and picked up three RBI. Of their 14 hits on the night, DBU slugged 10 extra base hits – six doubles and four homeruns. Aaron Gilbreath (2-3) collected the win with 2.2 innings of work and Stuart Pudenz picked up his third save of the year after striking out two in the final two innings of the game.

Southern Illinois (18-16) scored the first five runs of the game after single tallies in the first two innings and three in the third. DBU starter Cy Sneed lasted only four innings in the game, giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out three. He was replaced by Jake Johansen who recorded only one out but Gilbreath came on to settle the game down for the Patriots by getting two fly balls to get out of the fifth inning.

After that, it was all Patriots for the rest of the game. McAlpine got the scoring going in the fourth with two outs as he homered to left field which was followed by a Michael Miller infield single and a Ryan Behmanesh walk. Austin Elkinsthen doubled to right center for his two RBI in the game and DBU had cut the lead to 5-3.

The Salukis would get two of those runs back in the fifth but the Patriot offense would answer with five of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Hutter homered on a 2-0 pitch to deep left field with one out and Landon Anderson andJaime Garrido each got on in front of another McAlpine double to right. Ryan Behmanesh, in his first game back in the lineup since March 15, hooked a ball around the left field foul pole to make the score 8-7  heading to the sixth.

Chris Serritella homered to lead off the sixth to knot the game back at eight but DBU would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Snyder came on to pitch for starter Cody Forsythe, who lasted five innings and allowed eight earned runs. He walked Ronnie Mitchell to open the frame before Hutter hit his second homerun of the night – a lined shot that just cleared the sixteen-foot high wall in left. DBU would add an insurance run in the eighth with two outs on an Anderson double and a Garrido single and Pudenz closed the door in the ninth without allowing a baserunner.

DBU and SIU will return to action tomorrow night at 6:30 for Game 2 of the three-game series. Taylor Massey is slated to start for the Patriots against Cameron Maldonado of Southern Illinois. Audio broadcast of the game with Reagan Ratcliff and Brendan Smith will begin with the Pregame Show at 6:10. Game 3 of the series will be played Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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