DALLAS, Texas – The Dallas Baptist Patriots exploded for five home runs and 17 runs in the final three innings to run away with a 24-11 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Patriot Field.
The loss was just the second midweek loss of the season for SFA (32-14) and is the fourth straight loss to DBU (26-22) dating back to the 2008 season.
SFA, playing shorthanded due to finals week on campus, still managed to pound out 11 runs on 13 hits; however, the Patriots 24 runs was the most given up by the ‘Jacks in any game this year and was too much to overcome.
Michael Haynes led the SFA offense with a 3-for-4 night that included a pair of RBI, while Jarid Scarafiotti finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a home run.
Landon Kozeny took the loss for the ‘Jacks, but six SFA pitchers saw time on the hill over the course of the evening. Stuart Pudenz picked up the first win of his career for DBU, despite pitching just one-third of an inning.
The Patriots struck first in its half of the first, taking advantage of a two-out walk with an RBI double from Ryan Enos and a bloop single from Travis Meiners to jump out to a 2-0 lead. But it did not take long for SFA to answer back as Scarafiotti cranked his sixth homer on the year one inning later to cut the lead in half.
Travis Meiners gave DBU another run in the second with a double off the left-center field fence to run the score to 3-1, and two innings later the Patriots drove Rogers from the game with three more runs to make it 6-1 after four frames.
A sacrifice fly from Haynes in the sixth scored McAninch from third for SFA's second run, but DBU once again answered in its half of the frame. The Patriots loaded the bases with nobody out, before Brett Higginbotham rallied to strike out the next three hitters; unfortunately, he mixed in a wild pitch that allowed another Patriot run to cross the plate.
But the ‘Jacks finally came alive in the sixth, pushing across five runs after the Patriots finally went to the pen. Patrick Gratzke delivered a two-run single in the inning and a throwing error on Robbins allowed two more runs to come in one batter later. Michael Haynes then tied the ballgame at 7-7 with a single to left field.
Unfortunately, the SFA pitching staff could not keep the Patriots at bay as they responded with five runs of their own in their half of the sixth and never gave the lead back. SFA got four runs back in the bottom of the seventh on RBI hits from Scarafiotti and McAninch, but again DBU answered with three more runs.
That was all the scoring that SFA had left in it, but the Patriots closed it out with a nine-run eighth inning that included three home runs.
SFA will next battle Southeastern Louisiana on Friday in the opener of a three-game series in Nacogdoches with the Lions just a half-game back of SFA for second place in the SLC.