Patriots Walk Away With Win Over San Francisco

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Having taken game one on Friday with San Francisco by an 8-0 margin, the DBU Patriots took the field on Saturday afternoon for game 2 and walked away with a 1-0 victory.

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DBU celebrates the winning walk. SPORTraits by Deena

A bases loaded walk to David Martinelli in the bottom of the ninth lifted No. 11 Dallas Baptist to a 1-0 walk-off win over San Francisco on Saturday at Horner Ballpark.  The win marks the tenth straight for the Patriots, as DBU (39-9) shutout the Dons for the second straight time.  DBU was led by a strong outing from Cory Taylor, who threw six shutout innings and Chance Adams came out of the pen to throw three scoreless frames to notch his seventh win of the season.

In a pitchers’ duel from the outset between Taylor and San Francisco’s, Christian Cecilio, both teams struggled to capitalize on opportunities.  In three of the first four innings, Taylor worked out of jams with a runner at second base, while Cecilio was able to preserve a scoreless game in the third, as he struck out Daniel Sweet and then got Drew Turbin to line out with a runner at third.  Cecilio also pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth, when Tagg Duce lined out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

In the seventh, David Martinelli looked to put the Patriots on the board when he laced a two-out blast to right center that sailed past a diving Connor Hoffman.  As Martinelli ran to second, the baseball became lodged under the wall, as Derek Atkinson raised his hands to claim he could not retrieve the ball.  Martinelli continued to run past second and all the way to home, before he was called back to second base.  With two outs and the go-ahead run at second, Nash Knight flied to right to end the inning.

In the eighth, San Francisco (23-27) made the move to the pen, as Logan West came in relief for Cecilio, who finished the day with seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts.  After West retired the first two batters, Mack Meyer surrendered a double to Justin Wall.  Once again, the Dons kept the game scoreless, as Daniel Salters flied out to end the inning.

After Chance Adams retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, Tagg Duce led off the home-half of the ninth with a double to left.  Chane Lynch then followed with a double off the wall in left that pushed Duce to third and put the winning run ninety feet away.

With Meyer making his exit for the Dons with two on and nobody out, Travis Ulvestad came in to intentionally walkCamden Duzenack to set up the force at home.  With the bases full and still nobody out, a 3-1 pitch to David Martinellisailed up and away for ball four and brought home the winning run.

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON CORY TAYLOR’S START
“I’m really proud of the job Cory did today.  He had great command of his pitches and was big-time on the hill today.  He’s a guy that everyone pulls for and is an incredible teammate, so everyone loves to see him have the success he had today.  He’s going to play a big role for us down the stretch and will be pitching for a long time in his career.”

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON FACING CHRISTIAN CECILIO
“You have to give him a lot of credit.  He has a very deceptive fastball and it was tough to make adjustments versus him today.  We were able to finally get his pitch count up in the seventh and that ended up helping us.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
1 – The Patriots are one now just win away from their 40th victory of the season.
21 – DBU’s pitching staff has thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings.
5 – Five of DBU’s 7 hits today were for extra-bases.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
DBU and San Francisco conclude their three game series on Sunday at Horner Ballpark.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.  Sunday is dollar hot dog day and you can also bring your church bulletin for free admission to the park.