DBU Suffers Setback at TCU

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In a much anticipated game between two of the top teams in College Baseball, No. 16 Dallas Baptist fell 6-2 to No. 2 TCU on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.  After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, a five-run third inning for the Horned Frogs, aided by three Patriot errors, proved to be the difference, as TCU never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.

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In the top of the first, DBU (24-6) jumped on Horned Frogs’ starter, Tyler Alexander, for two runs.  A lead-off double by Drew Turbin, followed by a single from Camden Duzenack put runners on the corners to start the game.  With nobody out, Alexander’s pick-off throw to first base sailed wide of the bag, allowing Turbin to score and Duzenack to advance to second.  A Daniel Salters single through the middle would eventually bring Duzenack in to give the Patriots an early 2-0 advantage.

After retiring the first six batters he faced, DBU freshman, Gavin Fritz, ran into trouble in the third.  A sacrifice fly to deep right off the bat of Jereme Fagnan cut the Patriot lead to one.  With two outs in the inning, TCU (24-6) would go on a hit-parade, starting with an RBI single from Connor Wanhanen brought in the tying run.  On the throw to the plate, the ball skipped through the legs of catcher, Daniel Salters, where Fritz backed up the play.  Fritz’s throw to second to get Wanhanen sailed into center, allowing him to advance to third.

Three consecutive singles from TCU’s Garrett Crain, Evan Skoug, and Keaton Jones led to three more runs, all with two outs, as the Horned Frogs opened up a 5-2 lead.

With Landon Wilson on the mound in the bottom of the fourth, a Jereme Fagnan solo home run to deep right extended the TCU lead to four.

The Patriots would only manage to put four more base runners on the rest of the way, as Tyler Alexander settled in to toss eight innings and allow just two runs, while striking out five.  In the top of the ninth, TCU closer, Riley Ferrell, came on to retire the side in order, striking out a pair of Patriots.

Box Score

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON THE THREE ERRORS IN THE 3RD INNING
“I thought they did a good job with two strikes,  but I also think it’s a lot about the fact that we gave them a ton of bases.  We were throwing the ball all over the place in that inning.  They’re a good ball club and you can’t expect to beat them, or really anyone else for that matter when you play like that.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
0 – Neither team allowed a walk tonight.
2 – DBU and TCU combined for two extra-base hits on the night.
3 – Number of stolen bases by TCU.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
DBU will play Bradley University in a three-game series at Horner Ballpark beginning on Friday.  First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 pm.