Petree Claims Sixth-Straight Victory as Bears Top DBU, 8-4
March 31, 2012
DALLAS - Nick Petree turned in seven strong innings and the Missouri State offense took advantage of 11 walks in an 8-4 Bears victory over Dallas Baptist Saturday afternoon at Patriot Field. Trey Massenberg sparked two key MSU rallies, stealing a pair of bases and scoring twice, and Spiker Helms gave the Bears (21-7) the lead for good with a clutch two-run double in the fifth inning to help even the series at one game apiece.
After struggling to generate any offense early in the game against DBU starter Taylor Massey, the Bears erupted for eight runs over a three-inning span to take control for good. MSU, which struck out 14 times in Friday's series opener, made the most of its six hits Saturday against a parade of seven DBU hurlers to level the three-game series.
Petree (6-1) scattered four hits and struck out five while permitting just one unearned run over his seven innings to win his sixth-straight contest. The sophomore right-hander also ran his streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 30 straight over four starts.
Pitching was the name of the game early on, as both Petree and Massey kept the opposition hitless while facing the minimum through the first two innings. DBU broke up the scoreless duel in its half of the third, taking advantage of a two-out error on a base hit by Austin Elkins to take a 1-0 lead and snap Petree's scoreless streak at 25 2/3 consecutive innings.
Eric Cheray's bunt single in the top half of the third gave MSU its first hit of the afternoon, but the Bears would not get another until Helms's two-run double with two out in the fifth gave them their first lead since the third inning of Friday's series opener. With one out, Massenberg began the game-changing rally by drawing a walk and stealing second, and Keenen Maddox reached on a throwing error to put runners on the corners. Cheray popped up a bunt attempt for the second out, but Helms delivered a gap shot into left-center to chase home both baserunners and make it a 2-1 game.
Missouri State broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four times on just two hits thanks to four walks and a hit batsman. Massenberg once again played the role of catalyst, taking first on a hit by pitch, then swiping second for his third stolen base of the series to kick off the inning. Maddox drove him in on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run, and Luke Voit drove in a run with a double down the left field line. Bases loaded walks to Brock Chaffin and Dylan Becker completed the scoring in the frame.
DBU plated three runs against freshman reliever Tyler Burgess over the final two innings, snapping the left-hander's string of nine consecutive scoreless outings to begin his MSU career.
Cheray led the Bears with two hits, a walk and his seventh sacrifice bunt of the season.
Massey (3-2) suffered the loss for DBU after allowing four runs on just three hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Missouri State concludes its series at Dallas Baptist (16-9) with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday, before returning home for a pair of games against Arkansas State Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (3 p.m.) at Hammons Field.