Patriots Waste Opportunities, Fall to UTSA

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots fell to 3-5 on the season after a 5-4 loss to UT-San Antonio (6-3) Tuesday afternoon at Patriot Field. Jake Johansen (0-1) was saddled with his first loss after throwing four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. Justin Anderson (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win for the Roadrunners by pitching five innings and allowing three earned runs. The Patriots stranded 13 runners in the loss, even though they collected 12 hits on the afternoon.

UTSA got on the board early when Riley Good, the third batter of the game, homered to left field to score himself and John Welborn, who had singled. The Roadrunners took a five run advantage in the third when Casey Selsor tripled to center to score Riley Good and then scored one batter later on a Ryan Dalton homerun. The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the third with a single run and then scored three in the fifth, the final two coming on a Landon Anderson double.

But that would be all for the Patriots in the game. They threatened in every inning thereafter, putting runners in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth, including with a Joel Hutter leadoff double in the ninth, but could not get the big hit to tie the game. The 13 stranded runners is a season-high and the five game losing streak is the longest since 2010 when the Patriots lost to Fresno State in the final two games of a series, lost a midweek to UTA, and the first two games of the Texas A&M series.

RJ Talamantes and Joel Hutter led the Patriots on offense with three hits apiece while Boomer Collins and Landon Anderson each picked up two. Aaron Gilbreath and Michael Smith were outstanding in relief of Johansen, combining to pitch 5.0 innings of shutout baseball while allowing only one hit.

DBU will look to halt their losing streak on Thursday as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes to Patriot Field for a three game set. First pitch is set for 6:30pm. Cy Sneed will toe the rubber for the Patriots in Game 1 with the final two game starters to be determined.