Patriots Take Down No. 4 TCU

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In a matchup between two of the nation’s top college baseball teams, No. 13 Dallas Baptist knocked off No. 4 TCU, 6-4, at Horner Ballpark on Wednesday night in front of the third largest crowd in DBU Baseball history.  Freshman right-hander, Gavin Fritz, tossed three shutout innings without allowing a hit to earn the win in a pre-determined start, while Patriot  closer, Brandon Koch, closed the door on the Horned Frogs for his 11th save of the season.

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Facing TCU’s Mitchell Traver, DBU (33-9) struck first for two runs in the second inning, with the first run coming on a Chane Lynch bloop single to left that went in and out of Horned Frogs’ third baseman, Derek Odell’s glove.  Leading 1-0, a Nash Knight RBI single to right brought in Camden Duzenack to extend the lead to two.

The Patriots added another run in the third on an RBI single by Justin Wall.  Up 3-0 and with Drew Smith on the mound, TCU (34-9) pushed a run across the plate in the fourth when Nolan Brown lifted a sacrifice fly into left centerfield that scored Evan Skoug from third.  Smith, who came in relief of Fritz in the fourth, would settle in and shutout the Horned Frogs the rest of the way, as the junior righty worked three-plus innings.

With DBU on top 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Patriots’ Daniel Salters reached on an error by TCU second baseman, Garrett Crain.  With the infield drawn on the misplayed ball, Drew Turbin came in to score from third.  Salters would strike again in the seventh for DBU, as the junior slugger smashed a two-out double down the right field line, plating two runs and pushing the Patriots lead to 6-1.

TCU mounted a comeback though in the eighth, as the Horned Frogs struck for three runs off of DBU reliever, Chance Adams.  With the bases loaded and two out, Brandon Koch pulled the Patriots out of the jam, as he struck out Connor Wanhanen on a 0-2 pitch to preserve a 6-4 lead.

Koch would come back in the ninth inning to strike out the side, fanning Elliott Barzili with a runner at first for the final out.  With the win, DBU snaps a three game skid versus the Horned Frogs.

DBU HEAD COACH, DAN HEEFNER – ON THE SIGNFICANCE OF A WIN OVER #4 TCU
“This was a big win for us tonight for sure.  TCU is a great team and our team showed a lot of poise tonight.  We want to host a regional and getting a win like this one is a big step in that direction against a TCU team that will probably be a national seed.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
11 – The last 11 outs Brandon Koch has recorded have been strikeouts.
4 – TCU errors tonight, the most committed by the Horned Frogs this year.
3 – The Patriots swiped three stolen bases on TCU.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
DBU travels to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a three game series versus UNC Charlotte.  First pitch of game one of the series on Friday is scheduled for 5:00 pm (CST).