Missouri State extended their 5-game losing streak to a 6-game losing streak against Dallas Baptist Thursday night. The Bears recorded their 31st loss of the season, which is the most losses in a season since 2014 for the program.
The Bears dropped Game 1 of the Missouri Valley Conference weekend series, 6-1.
DBU, who is now 9-4 in conference action, plated their six runs off of six hits and just nine strikeouts all evening.
The first batter of the night for both clubs reached second base after an error on a dropped fly ball. DBU’s Jimmy Glowenke stepped up to the plate and drove in a run with a single to right field, putting the Patriots on the board first, 1-0.
Junior Jack Duffy drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and freshman teammate Dakota Kotowski got him home with a hit up the middle, tying the ballgame at one.
Dallas Baptist capitalized on their three hits in the second inning to score three more runs. In the bottom of the second inning, freshman Anthony Herron got a hit but was picked off of first base for the final out of the inning, and the Bears came up empty handed.
The next three innings went quick, quiet and scoreless as senior starter Jake Lochner struck out four batters and gave up no hits. DBU senior Jordan Martinson picked up two strikeouts and only gave up one hit.
Freshman Hayden Juenger replaced Lochner on the mound in the top of the sixth inning to try and get the Bears out of a bind with runners on second and third and only one out.
The two leadoff walks set the stage for Dallas Baptist as they scored two runs off a wild pitch and an RBI-single to center field. Junior Drew Millas got a base hit that advanced Duffy to second, but two consecutive strikeouts sent the Bears to the dugout empty handed.
The seventh, eighth and ninth innings went scoreless, despite a few baserunners for each club.
The Bears fall to 4-9 in conference play, holding onto their sixth place spot in Valley standings.
The two teams are back on the field tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. barring any bad weather.