DBU Baseball Advances to Regional Finals

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After a weekend of highs and lows, Dallas Baptist Patriots baseball woke up needing to win two games on Monday to take the NCAA regional tournament hosted at Horner Ballpark.

DBU entered the regional as the number one seed, but fell 7-2 to Virginia Commonwealth in their first game of the tournament on Friday.

Justin Wall. Photo by dbupatriots.com

Justin Wall. Photo by dbupatriots.com

Saturday’s contests were rained out, forcing the Patriots to play two games on Sunday to make in back into the finals.

In the first game DBU knocked off Texas 8-1, and then downed Oregon State 7-1 to advance to the regional finals.

The Patriots will have to win two games against Virginia Commonwealth on Monday to advance to the NCAA Super Regional. The first game is set for 12:05PM and if the second game in necessary it will be played at 5:05PM. Tickets for both games are still available at the Horner Ballpark box office.

Patriots Upset in Dallas Regional by VCU, 7-2

A five run fourth inning by Virginia Commonwealth broke open a scoreless affair and handed Dallas Baptist a 7-2 loss in their first game of the Dallas Regional.  Hosting a regional tournament game at Horner Ballpark for the first time in school history, DBU (43-14) fell behind 5-0 and could never recover, as the Patriots slip into the losers bracket where they will face Texas on Saturday at 11:00 am.

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Josh Shaw. Photo by dbupariots.com

VCU (38-22) starter, JoJo Howie, kept the Patriot offensive attack off-balance throughout the night, as the senior lefty worked six and two-third innings, allowing just two runs, while striking out four.  As for DBU starter, Joseph Shaw, the hard-throwing righty allowed a career-high six runs before being lifted in the fifth inning with two outs.

A one out, two-run single by Brett Hileman broke open the scoring for the Rams in the fourth inning.  One batter later, Jimmy Kerrigan laced a double to plate the third run of the inning.  After a fielder choice off the bat of James Bunn scored another run, Kerrigan came home to score the fifth run on a wild pitch.

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Drew Turbin and Camden Duzenack started the inning with back-to-back bunt singles, which were the first hits of the night off of Howie.  With two outs and runners at first and second, Trooper Reynolds roped a double down the line in left, scoring Turbin and putting DBU on the board.

In the fifth, the Rams and Patriots exchanged runs with VCU scoring on an RBI single from Vima Machin and the Patriots responding with a solo home run to start the inning by David Martinelli.  The round-tripper was Martinelli’s tenth of the season and ties him with Justin Wall for the team lead.

After Chance Adams silenced the VCU offense over the next two innings, Dalton Higgins walked the lead-off man in the eighth and then a throwing error on a pick-off move put an insurance run in scoring position.  With one out and a runner at second, Daane Berezo collected his third hit of the night on a single to right, extending the Rams lead to 7-2.

In the eighth and ninth innings, VCU relievers Matt Lees and Daniel Concepcion closed the doors on the Patriots, completing the upset of the No. 1 seed in the Dallas Regional.

Taylor’s Gem Helps Patriots Knock Out Texas

A complete game effort from junior right-hander Cory Taylor ignited Dallas Baptist to an 8-1 win over Texas in an elimination game at the Dallas Regional on Sunday.  In front of a record crowd of 3,242 at Horner Ballpark, Taylor struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed just three hits to help lift (DBU 44-14) to the win.  With the victory over the Longhorns, the Patriots advance to a match-up later tonight versus the loser of the Oregon State and Virginia Commonwealth game.

Cory Taylor. Photo by dbupatriots.com

Cory Taylor. Photo by dbupatriots.com

“That was a huge win for the season, obviously it was a must win for us as we had to win the game to keep going,” said Patriot coach Dan Heefner. “I couldn’t be more proud of Cory, that’s by far the best outing we’ve had this year and one of the best since I’ve been here at DBU.

Along with Taylor’s gem on the mound was a career-best six RBI performance from Justin Wall.  After a Drew Turbin double in the third inning broke a scoreless tie, Wall kick-started his remarkable day at the plate by blasting his 11th home run of the season on a three-run shot over the fence in right to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead.

With Texas (30-27) starter, Ty Culbreth, out of the game after three innings of work and facing righty Connor Mayes, Wall delivered a line shot to center field in the fourth to bring home Camden Duzenack with the fifth run of the day for the DBU offense.  In the sixth, the Patriots struck for two more runs as Wall laced a single to left to plate Turbin, followed by an RBI base hit from Daniel Salters.

With a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Longhorns struck for their lone run of the day on a two-out single by Tres Barrera that brought in Joe Baker from second base.  That would be the lone blemish on the day for Taylor, who would throw a career-high 133 pitches.

In the top of the eighth, Wall capped off his spectacular day at the plate with a single to right, driving in his sixth run, as Duzenack touched home.

Going into the bottom of the ninth with a commanding 8-1 lead, Taylor emerged from the dugout to a standing ovation from the Patriot crowd.  A strikeout of Collin Shaw for the second out of the inning gave Taylor his season-high 10th strikeout of the game.  With two outs and runners at first and second, Taylor got Brooks Marlow to fly out to center field to finish Texas’ season and keep the Patriots alive in the Dallas Regional.

“To be able to host a regional, we wanted to be able to show well in this and to just have the excitement around the program and to do it against the University of Texas too,” says Heefner. Knowing how big that is in the state and what that does for our university and the program was really big

DBU Rolls Past Oregon State, 7-1

Facing Oregon State in an elimination game at the Dallas Regional on Sunday night, Dallas Baptist stormed past the Beavers, 8-1.  With the win, the Patriots keep their season alive and earn a trip to the regional final on Monday versus Virginia Commonwealth.

Sean Stutzman. Photo by dbupatriots.com

Sean Stutzman. Photo by dbupatriots.com

“I thought that was a great team effort today.  I’m really proud of the guys and I thought they kept the momentum going from game one into game two,” says Heefner. “Sometimes that can be hard to do when things are going well like that.  You see it all the time in a doubleheader; there can be kind of a lull in the second game, but they picked it right up from the beginning.”

DBU starter, Sean Stutzman, worked five and two-third innings on the hill, allowing just one run and striking out a career-high seven batters to improve his record to 8-1.  Following Stutzman’s brilliant performance out of the pen was junior right-hander, Drew Smith, who tossed three and one-third innings of scoreless relief, surrendering just one hit, while recording four strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, DBU (45-14) struck first when Drew Turbin came in to score from third base on a double play ball of the bat of Justin Wall.  Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Patriots’ Daniel Sweet delivered a lead-off triple into the left centerfield gap to open the inning.  Two batters later, David Martinelli legged out an infield single to the right side, allowing Sweet to score and putting DBU up by two.  With two outs and runners at first and second, Turbin roped a single to left, bringing in Martinelli and staking the Patriots to an early 3-0 lead.

On the mound, Stutzman held Oregon State (39-18-1) hitless until Jeff Hendrix reached on a one out single.  The junior lefty worked out of the inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and then picked up an insurance run from the offense in the bottom of the fourth when Camden Duzenack knocked in Chane Lynch on an RBI single to right.

The Beavers would put their lone run on the board in the top of the fifth when Caleb Hamilton doubled to right to bring in Kyle Nobach.  Stutzman worked into the sixth and exited with two outs to a standing ovation from the Patriot faithful in a crowd of 2,297.  From there, Drew Smith retired the first three batters he faced before allowing a single to Noback.  Smith would not allow another base runner the rest of the way as he retired the final seven OSU batters he faced.

Leading 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Patriots extended the lead to four runs on an RBI single up the middle from Chane Lynch that plated Nash Knight from second base.  Three batters later, DBU blew open the game on a two-run home run by Justin Wall to left.  The round-tripper was Wall’s second of the day, as he had homered earlier against Texas, and it also pushed his team-leading home run total to 12 on the season.

In the top of the ninth, Smith retired the side in order to notch his fourth save of the season and in the process, end Oregon State’s season.