Walks Lead to Patriot Loss at #4 Rice

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The Dallas Baptist Patriots (3-2) took an early 2-0 lead on #4 Rice (6-0) at Reckling Park in Houston but were not able to hold that lead as the Owls completed a 6-5 win, courtesy of a Michael Fuda seventh inning leadoff homerun off Freshman Jay Calhoun (0-1). The story on the night, however, was the seven walks given up by Patriot pitchers, including five by starter Jake Johansen in three innings. Johansen allowed only one hit in the outing but four earned runs, three of which scored on a Shane Hoelscher double off Jordan Staples after Johansen had walked the bases loaded.

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead off Rice starter Austin Kubitza in the fourth inning after a Boomer Collins one out walk and a Duncan McAlpine single put runners on the corners. Joel Hutter singled to right field to score Collins and the next batter, Ronnie Mitchell, singled up the middle to score McAlpine.

That lead was short lived, however, as Johansen walked four straight to open the bottom of the fourth. Staples came in and promptly gave up the double to Hoelscher before combining with Andrew Elkins to get out of the inning with no further damage. DBU would tie the game in the next inning while chasing Kubitza from the mound. Landon Andersonpicked up a fielder’s choice RBI with one out and later scored on another McAlpine hit to knot the game at four.

Looking for a shutdown inning, though, in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game tied, the Patriots turned to freshmanJay Calhoun and he allowed a run on two walks, a hit, and a sacrifice fly. The Patriot offense would battle back to tie the game again, turning Christian Stringer’s second error at second base into a run. But, the Fuda homerun on the first pitch of the bottom of the inning gave the Owls a lead they would not relinquish. John Simms (2-0) recorded the win for the Owls in 3.2 innings of relief and JT Chargois came on in the ninth to record his second save of the season.

The Patriots and Owls return to the field tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm as Cy Sneed is set to face off against Matthew Reckling. The Patriots Pregame Show with Reagan Ratcliff and Brendan Smith is set to begin at 1:40 pm.