The Patriots defeated University of Houston Victoria 6-5 in a back-and-forth affair on Friday. Josh Darden started the game for the Patriots. He went three innings, giving up four runs, four hits, striking out two, and walking one. Dalton Land was first out of the bullpen. He pitched one and one-thirds innings, giving up one run, three hits, striking out one, and walking one. Brandon Ventura earned the win for the Patriots. He pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up zero runs, three hits, striking out two, and walking one. Drake Boswell recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Patriots.
The Patriots collected nine hits in the season opener. Justan Bailey, Matt Garza, and James Duvall each collected multiple hits for the Patriots. Kailen Glover, Stephen Webb, and Ryan Sloma each collected a hit to help the Patriots.
The Patriots grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third with a two-out, two-run triple by Kailen Glover. The Jaguars answered in the bottom half of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Andrew Gross led the rally with a two-run home run.
The Patriots pulled within one run in the fourth with an RBI single from James Duvall. The Jaguars would get the run back in the fifth inning with an RBI single from Andrew Gross.
The Patriots entered the ninth inning trailing 5-3.
Tyler Brown led the inning off with a walk. James Duvall followed with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt from Lorenzo Lynch II advanced the runners to second and third. The Jaguars walked two batters making it a 5-4 ballgame. Ryan Sloma came to the plate with bases loaded. He hit an RBI single to right field tying the game at five. Jared McKinney got the game winning RBI when a pitch hit him with the bases loaded.
Senior Drake Boswell entered the game in the ninth with a runner on first. He recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Patriots in their season opener.
The two teams return to Riverside Stadium on Saturday for a noon doubleheader.