Pitching Paves the Way in Win Over Indiana State

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Making his first career start, Dallas Baptist junior, Sean Stutzman, pitched six innings and allowed just one run, as the Patriots won the rubber-match in the series finale over Indiana State, 2-1.  After surrendering one run in the first, Stutzman shutout the Sycamores the rest of the way and set a career-high in strikeouts with six.

DBU_BB_Monmouth_GM3_0116A two-out single from Hunter Owen put Indiana State on the board in the first, before Dallas Baptist (29-8, 10-5) evened the game at one apiece on a David Martinelli double down the left field line that scored Chane Lynch all the way from first base.

Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third, the Patriots’ Tagg Duce legged out a potential double play ball that allowed Drew Turbin to score the go-ahead run.  The run would prove to be the difference, as Stutzman settled into a groove the rest of the way.

Over the next three innings, the junior lefty struck out five batters and limited Indiana State (16-21, 5-10) to just two hits.  In the top of the sixth, Stutzman went through the heart of the Sycamores’ lineup in Jacob Hayes, Andy Young, and Hunter Owen, striking out the side in order and preserving a 2-1 lead.

With Stutzman making his exit before the start of the seventh inning, Drew Smith came on in relief to toss two scoreless innings.  In the seventh, Smith worked out of a jam with runners on the corners and two outs to get Landon Curry to ground out to second to end the threat.

In the ninth, Brandon Koch emerged from the pen for the second straight game and shutdown the Sycamores.  With two outs and a runner at first, Manuel Estevez attempted to take second on a ball in the dirt and was thrown out by Daniel Salters for the final out.  With the win, Koch earned his ninth save of the year and third in the Patriots’ last four games.

Box Score

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON SEAN STUTZMAN’S PERFORMANCE
“Sean was outstanding today.  He’s been good for us lately and today he was able to come out and throw all three pitches for strikes and gave us a great start.  I was really proud of the way he competed and gave us a solid outing when we needed it the most.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
0 – The Patriots did not commit an error in all three games versus Indiana State.
0 – The DBU trio of Stutzman, Smith, and Koch did not allow a walk today.
8 – The Patriots have played in eight one-run games this year and are 5-3 in those games.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
DBU travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to face Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm.