DBU Drops Finals to VCU

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The DBU Patriots faced the daunting task of winning two games on Monday to advance to the NCAA baseball super regionals. It is especially daunting when you have to win the two games against the very team that defeated you in the opening round.

DSC_8253In the first game DBU kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth on the pitching of Dalton Higgins and closer Brandon Koch.

However, the season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to VCU in the nightcap.

DBU Advances to Regional Final With Win Over VCU

Dallas Baptist kept their postseason hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth in an elimination game in the finals of the Dallas Regional.  DBU’s junior closer, Brandon Koch, came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning and preserved a one-run lead over the next four-plus innings, allowing just two hits while matching a career-high with seven strikeouts.

DBU (46-14) opened the scoring in the top of the first when the Patriots struck for their only two runs of the game.  Drew Turbin led off the inning with a single to left and would eventually come around to score on a two-out single to right by Daniel Sweet.  One batter later,Chane Lynch laced a single to right-center, scoring Justin Wall from second.

Leading 2-0, freshman right-hander Dalton Higgins surrendered his only run of the day when VCU tacked on a run in the bottom of the second.  A lead-off walk issued to Vimael Machin led to the Rams’ only run, as Machin eventually reached third base and came in to score on a double play ball.  Higgins would escape the second inning with the lone run allowed and would surrender just the one earned run through four and one-third innings of work before giving way to Koch.

With the tying run standing on second in the fifth inning, Koch escaped the VCU (39-23) threat by striking out Logan Farrar and then getting Daane Berezo to ground out.  Koch would keep the Rams’ offense in check the rest of the way, as he shutdown VCU’s offense over the next four innings.

In the ninth, Koch struck out James Bunn for the final out of the game and notched his career-high seventh strikeout in the process.   With the win, DBU will meet Virginia Commonwealth in the final game of the Dallas Regional on Monday afternoon, with the winner advancing to the Super Regional.

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON THE WIN AND BRANDON KOCH’S PERFORMANCE OUT OF THE PEN
“It was just a great game I thought, well played on both sides and well-pitched. Dalton gave us a good start and made an adjustment after he lost the zone a little bit and then that is what Brandon has been like all year for us. He has never gone that long, but he has been that dominating.”

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON KOCH WORKING FOUR-PLUS INNINGS
“Brandon’s a competitor, you see what he looks like, he is really strong, well-trained, and rested.  I didn’t feel for one second and neither did our pitching coach, Wes Johnson, that we were putting him (Koch) at risk doing that. In a game situation like this and your season is on the line, you want your best guy out there and he delivered for us.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
– Chane Lynch picked up the only extra-base hit on the day between the two teams with a double.
65 – Pitches thrown by Brandon Koch matched a career-high.
28 – Drew Turbin has now reached base safely in 28 straight games.

Patriots Season Comes to a Close in Loss to VCU

Dallas Baptist had their 2015 season come to a close as the Patriots fell 3-1 to Virginia Commonwealth in the championship game of the Dallas Regional on Monday night at Horner Ballpark.  DBU (46-15) fell behind 2-0 in the second inning and could never recover, as the Patriots fall one win shy of advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second time in school history.

With DBU’s ace of the pitching staff, Joseph Shaw, taking the mound for the second time in the tournament, the junior right-hander struggled in the second inning after retiring the Rams in order in the first.  A lead-off walk of Vimael Machin in the second opened the door for the Rams.  VCU’s Brett Hileman followed with a single and then a walk to Jimmy Kerrigan loaded the bases.  With nobody out, Shaw hit James Bunn to plate the first run of the game.  With the bases still full for VCU (40-23), the Rams added another run on a ground ball out to the right side by Cody Acker.

Down 2-0 in the top of the second, Chance Adams would enter the game in relief of Shaw and worked out of the jam by striking out Walker Haymaker and then getting Logan Farrar to fly out to center.

Still trailing by two runs into the bottom of the fourth, the Patriots opened the door for a rally with a lead-off double byCamden Duzenack.  A single by Justin Wall put runners at second and third with nobody out, but DBU could manage only one run in the inning when Daniel Sweet grounded out to second to bring home Duzenack.

Adams would keep the deficit at one until the Rams struck for an insurance run in the sixth.  In the seventh, Adams was replaced by Jay Calhoun after he threw a season high four and two-third innings and struck out six, while allowing just the lone run.  Calhoun would keep the VCU offense scoreless over the next two innings before giving way to Drew Smith in the ninth.

Down 3-1 into the bottom of the ninth, Justin Wall placed a single into left field to bring the tying run to the plate.  After a couple of ground outs to the right side moved Wall to third, Chane Lynch‘s ground ball back up the middle was snagged by VCU shortstop, Vimael Machin, and Lynch was thrown out at first to end the game and hand the Rams the Dallas Regional championship.

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON VCU WINNING THE TITLE AND THE  2015 SEASON
“First, I think we have to say hats off to VCU. They did a great job and are a great team too. I don’t think they are a team that just got hot one weekend.  They are extremely balanced, pitched extremely well, played defense, they did it all. They won the tournament. They gave up six runs in four games, so they rightfully deserve to win this thing. I know for our guys, they really hurt right now, but I think they have a lot to really be proud of. This is a program that has a pretty storied history, and I believe without a doubt that they elevated this program. To win 46 games, which is a Division I record for us, to host a regional, and to battle back after losing the first game the way they did yesterday and again today; I am really proud of them and what they accomplished and what they did for our program and our university too.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
– DBU graduates five seniors: Jay CalhounTagg DuceNash KnightChane Lynch, and Drew Turbin
215 – Nash Knight played in 215th career game which tied him with his brother, Austin Knight, who played at DBU from 2007-2010, for the same number of career games as a Patriot.
– Justin Wall finishes the tournament with seven hits and hit .412 in the Dallas Regional.

DALLAS REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Most Outstanding Player: Vimael Machin (VCU)
CatcherDaniel Salters (DBU)
First BaseChane Lynch (DBU)
Second BaseDrew Turbin (DBU)
Third Base: Matt Davis (VCU)
Shortstop: Vimael Machin (VCU)
Outfield: Kyle Nobach (OSU)
Outfield: Jerry Kerrigan (VCU)
OutfieldJustin Wall (DBU)
Designated Hitter: Brett Hileman (VCU)
PitcherCory Taylor (DBU)
Pitcher: Matt Lees (VCU)