Patriots Rally to Top Tigers

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Looking to stop a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (5-7) had to rely on some late offense to hold off the Texas Southern Tigers, 6-5. Cody Beam made his first career start for DBU and twirled five innings of scoreless baseball and a trio of Patriot relievers were able to stem the tide of a Tiger (7-7) comeback in the late innings. Michael Smith (1-2) picked up the win for DBU with 2.1 innings pitched to close out the game and Ronnie Mitchell picked up two hits, the only Patriot to record multiple hits on a windy, cool evening at Horner Ballpark.

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The Patriots scored a run just five pitches into the game as RJ Talamantes tripled to lead off the game and then scored on a wild pitch. That would be all the scoring for either team until the fourth when DBU added to their lead with a run. In that inning, Duncan McAlpine walked before Mike Wesolowski was hit by a pitch on the left wrist. Austin Listi was then called on to move the runners and did so with a sacrifice bunt ahead of a Nash Knight RBI groundout.

Beam was lifted after his five scoreless innings and gave way to Blake Webster who was greeted by back-to-back Texas Southern extra-base hits to cut the lead to 2-1. The sixth caught-stealing by Michael Miller would help Webster work around any further trouble and quickly got the DBU offense back to the plate. McAlpine would once again put DBU on the board and answer the Tiger sixth-inning run with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning. His team-leading third homerun would give DBU a short-lived 3-1 lead to the seventh inning.

In the seventh, Texas Southern would touch up Webster for another run. After a strikeout to open the frame, Webster would allow three straight free passes – one walk and two hit batsman – to load the bases. A sacrifice fly would end the night for Webster in favor of Aaron Gilbreath and the lefthander allowed a stolen base and a hit batsman before Ellis Stephney singled up the middle to give the Tigers the lead at 4-3. Gilbreath was lifted for Smith without recording an out and saw Smith give up a run on an attempted double steal before the final out was recorded.

The Patriot offense would show signs of life in the seventh – aided by a TSU error and a balk – to tie the game at five. Talamantes reached on the two-base error with one out and would score one batter later on a Mitchell single to left. Justin Wall would move Mitchell to third with his fourth double of the season and Mitchell would score on a Michael Miller sacrifice fly.

Smith would regroup in the eighth with a solid inning and the DBU bats would continue where they left off. Listi singled to start the inning and Knight walked after falling behind in the count, 0-2. Jaime Garrido‘s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up 90 feet for Talamantes and, with the infield drawn in to cut the run at home, Talamantes would give DBU the lead once again with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Patriots and Tigers will continue their short-series on Wednesday with a 3:00 pm first pitch. Dallas Baptist will send freshman Joseph Shaw to the mound for his first collegiate start. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 2:40 pm on