Sycamores Claim Series with 7-5 Win Over Patriots

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Dallas Baptist (27-12) fell behind early in the rubber match of this weekend’s three-game series against Indiana State (31-11) and could not recover as the Sycamores held on late to a 7-5 win over the Patriots to claim the series. This was the first series loss for DBU since the second weekend of the year when they were swept by Rice in Houston. Andrew Elkins (2-1) was tagged with the loss while Austin Elkins and Joel Hutter moved their hit streaks to 19 straight games as the Patriots carved out 15 hits in the game but could not climb all the way out of the 7-1 hole they found themselves in after six innings of play.

Elkins led off the game with a first-pitch double but was left stranded in the first inning. That would set the tone for the Patriots until the ninth inning as they struggled to bunch their hits together and score runs off Sycamore starter Ryan Torgerson (7-1).  Torgerson left the game after Duncan McAlpine singled to start the ninth having allowed 11 hits and only striking out two, but keeping the Patriots to just three runs during his time. Brandon Dorsett came on to close the game for Indiana  State and the Patriots got to him for four hits and two earned runs in one inning, but Dorsett got Hutter to ground out to a diving Jon Hedges at first base to end the game with the tying run on first base. DBU left eight runners on base for the afternoon, including runners in each of the first five innings, and did not score until the fifth inning – after Indiana State already had a three run lead.

Those three runs for Indiana State all came in the first inning with two outs. After a lead-off bloop double, Andrew Elkins got two quick outs before giving up two more doubles and a single in the inning to give ISU a 3-0 lead after one complete. DBU would score their run in the fifth as Ronnie Mitchell doubled down the left field line to score Garrido, who had just picked up the only walk by Sycamore pitching on the afternoon.

The score would stay 3-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Indiana State scored four runs, one earned and three unearned. The three unearned runs came on a bases clearing infield error with the bases loaded, moments after DBU almost turned an inning-ending double play. Leadoff hitter Landon Curry was just able to beat out the relay throw from Austin Elkins to keep the inning alive before a walk and then a ground ball that scooted through the legs of third baseman Duncan McAlpine and in to left field. That play would leave the score 7-1 and DBU fought back with one run in the eighth and three in the ninth – but it was not enough to secure their eighth straight series win as Indiana State won the final two games of the series after DBU picked up a lopsided win on Friday night.

DBU will play their next five games on the road as they travel to Norman, Oklahoma Wednesday for a rematch with the Oklahoma Sooners, a team DBU beat at home a few weeks ago. They will then travel for a three game series against Wichita State before returning back to the Metroplex for a weekday game against UTA in Arlington. Live audio for the Oklahoma and UTA games will be available on but the three game set in Wichita will only be found through Wichita State channels.