DALLAS - The Dallas Baptist Patriots struck early and often on Tuesday night, pounding out 15 hits in a 13-2 win over UT Arlington at Horner Ballpark.
UTA (20-18) staked itself to an early 1-0 lead, but DBU (24-11) answered with three runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Eleven Patriots finished with at least one hit against six UTA arms and broke things open with a five-run sixth inning.
"It was a disappointing night. We didn't play well. We didn't pitch or swing the bat well," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "We have to get going. It's time to get going. We are slumping right now, but we've got plenty of time to do something about it, but we are not going to play easy people and our schedule shows that. We have a tough Troy team on the road next week and we need to go and win a series."
Freshman MD Johnson picked up his third win of the season for DBU allowing just one run on four hits on the night. Meanwhile, Maverick righty Matt Michalski fell to 1-2 after allowing four runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Mavs struggled to get its offense going after a first inning that saw the game open with consecutive singles, finishing with just six hits on the night. Matt McLean singled and scored the first UTA run in the opening inning, while Christian Hollie reached twice and scored once on the night, finishing with a double and a walk.
Darien McLemore, Brady Cox and Noah Vaughan also had hits for the Mavs, with Colton Turner driving in the first-inning run and Cody Farrell picking up an RBI with a double in the UTA half of the eighth.
The Mavs played small ball early on to take an early lead, getting back-to-back singles to start the game before a sacrifice bunt from Cox set up an RBI ground out from Turner to score McLean and give UTA 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
But the Patriots struck for three runs in the bottom half of the inning, getting a sacrifice fly from Trooper Reynolds to tie it and a two-run single from Luke Stratman to give Johnson a 3-1 advantage after an inning of play.
Michalski would work around hits in both the second and third before DBU would score again when Connor Hall drove in Matt Duce with a sacrifice fly after the Patriot catcher had tripled to left-center to start the inning.
DBU upped the lead to 5-1 when it got its third triple of the night with two outs in the fifth from Daniel Sweet. It scored Darick Hall who drew his third walk of the night with two outs after reliever Dan Hawk Jr. had punched out the first two batters he faced on the night.
An inning later the Patriots broke it open, sending nine hitters to the plate and scoring five times against three UTA pitchers. DBU took advantage of three extra-base hits in the inning with the big hit coming from Darick Hall with a two-run double with two outs in the frame.
Austin Gardner struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh, but not after the Patriots pushed across three more runs. The Mavs got a run back in the top of the eighth on a pinch-hit RBI double from Farrell, and put two runners on in the ninth before DBU closed things out.
The Mavs will head back in action this weekend when they go on the road for another Sun Belt Conference series at Troy beginning Friday at Riddle-Pace Field.
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