Patriots Sweep Away Redhawks in Rain-Shortened Game

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The No. 33 Dallas Baptist Patriots (3-0) and the visiting Southeast Missouri Redhawks (0-3) played a rain-shortened game Saturday afternoon at Patriot Field. The Patriots made four errors on the day but Taylor Massey (1-0) was outstanding in going the distance for DBU as the Patriots pulled out a 3-1 win in five innings to sweep the opening series of 2012.

Massey allowed five hits, three of which could be contributed to the wet conditions at Patriot Field, and pitched around the four Patriot errors to strand seven Southeast Missouri baserunners. He induced nine ground ball outs on the day and struck out three.

Joel Hutter collected two hits and an RBI, including one of the three DBU doubles. RJ Talamantes and Chase Durham had the others. Zach Smith (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. He walked three and gave up four hits.

The Patriots opened the scoring in the first, just as they did in the second game of the series, after Landon Andersonwalked with one out and Hutter bounced a ball high off the left field wall to score him. Hutter then stole third and scored on a Duncan McAlpine sacrifice fly to right field.

Southeast Missouri cut the lead in half in the third and the score was still 2-1 in the fourth when the Redhawks loaded the bases with one out. A Nash Knight diving play at third base kept the Redhawks from scoring and doing further damage and a Boomer Collins walk, steal of second, and a Redhawk error set up an Anderson sacrifice fly to give the Patriots their final cushion.

The Patriots will return to action Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 4:00 pm. Patriot starting pitching is TBA heading into the rematch of last year’s 7-3 Patriot win.