March 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - Dallas Baptist handed the Missouri State baseball team its fifth consecutive loss in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday (March 15), taking the first contest by a score of 2-0 at Hammons Field.
After dueling to a scoreless tie for eight innings for the second day in a row, the Patriots once again rallied in the ninth frame to claim victory over the Bears (8-8). Shortstop Trevin Sonnier got things started for Dallas Baptist (14-4) when he hit a ground-rule double to deep right-center. Bears starter Jon Harris (So., Florissant, Mo.) then walked third baseman Nash Knight on four pitches before a critical error allowed Dallas Baptist to score the eventual game-winning run.
First baseman Mike Wesolowski laid down a bunt to try to advance the runners, but Harris overthrew first base to allow Sonnier to score and put runners on second and third with nobody out. After loading the bases on a walk to Austin Listi, Harris's day was done.
Right-hander Adam Anawalt (Jr., San Clemente, Calif.) coaxed Dallas Baptist catcher Daniel Salters to ground into a force play at the plate for the first out, but Justin Wall beat out a potential inning-ending double play grounder. That allowed Wesolowski to cross the plate for the final 2-0 margin.
Dallas Baptist right-hander Cy Sneed (3-1) picked up the win for the Patriots with eight shutout innings. Sneed dominated the Bears from the outset, as he struck out seven, allowed only five hits and two walks before handing the ball over to Joseph Shaw. Shaw closed out the Bears in order in the ninth to pick up his third save of the season.
The Bears offense wasted a solid outing by Harris (1-2), who allowed only three hits and the two runs (one earned) over eight innings. Harris struck out seven, walked two, and threw 67 strikes in 101 pitches.
Harris retired the first 16 Patriots before second baseman Drew Turbin singled on a sharp line drive to center field to end the Bears starter's bid for a perfect game. Sonnier then extended the threat when he singled on a grounder in the hole between first and second.
However, MSU center fielder Tate Matheny (So., St. Louis, Mo.) made a terrific running catch in center field to save at least one run in the sixth. Knight belted a long drive to left-center, but Matheny made the grab on the run before crashing into the fence. Harris got out of the inning by inducing Wesolowski to ground into a force out.
As part of an ongoing trend, the Bears had precious few opportunities to break through and score a run against the visitors from Texas. One opportunity came in the fifth inning when, with one out, junior shortstop Joey Hawkins (Whitby, Ontario) walked before Aaron Meyer (Fr., Millstadt, Ill.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to get him to second base.
Matheny then hit an infield single to shortstop, which put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Sneed utilized the fake-to-third, move-to-first pickoff play to perfection as the right-hander picked Matheny off first base to end the frame and the threat.
For his part, junior second baseman Eric Cheray (Topeka, Kan.) had three of Missouri State's five hits on the day. Matheny extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his sixth-inning infield hit.