|Patten Goes For A Walk|
Patten scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Friday afternoon to rally past The Masterís College 3-2 in the season opener for both teams on Reese Field.
Down 2-1 entering what appeared to be their final at-bat, the Lions fashioned a pair of runs out of three walks, a single, and an error. The final free pass of the inning, issued by Mustang reliever Tom Gilbertson, came with the bases loaded and forced in what turned out be the winning run.
Both runs and the loss were pegged on freshman reliever Tommy Kister who did just enough in 2 2/3 innings of work to keep the Lions at bay until the fateful ninth.
Pitching dominated the first three frames as both starters, TMCís Tyler Bersano and Pattenís Isaac Duran, rolled out zeroes.
But, that changed in the fourth when the Lions dented the scoreboard on a leadoff double by Denis OíConnor and a single from David Whiteside.
Duranís shutout lasted through the fourth inning but in the fifth, the Mustangs finally broke through. With one out, senior Parker Price doubled to right field and junior transfer Tanner Leighton singled him home. Eventually, Leighton stole third but was stranded there.
Bersano wound up his day by blanking the Lions in the sixth and was replaced by Kister after giving up just three hits and striking out three. Kisterís first collegiate inning, the seventh, was a scoreless one and when his teammates snapped the one-all tie in the bottom of the frame, he was in position to pick up a win, too.
The Mustangs scored the go-ahead run in the seventh when freshman Cody Harris led off with a single to left-center field, advanced to second base on pinch-hitter Bryan Mitchellís sacrifice bunt, went to third on Priceís groundout, and trotted home on Leightonís clutch single up the middle. The Mustangs could have had more but couldnít come up with a big hit with Ben Ives and Leighton on second and third bases, respectively.
After the Lions went ahead in the top of the ninth, the Mustangs went meekly in the bottom of the frame.
The Mustangs outhit the Lions 10-5 and both squads left seven runners on base. Leighton, Ives, Jared Otto, and Harris had two hits apiece.
The Mustangs have the chance to make quick amends as they host the Lions in a Saturday doubleheader. The opener is set for an 11:00am start.