Patriots Walk-Off Against No. 17 Oklahoma

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For the first time in 2012, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (10-6) defeated a Top 25 team. For the first time in 2012, the Dallas Baptist Patriots won a game when trailing after six innings. For the first time in 2012, the Patriots won in walk-off fashion. Tuesday night at Patriot Field, DBU defeated Oklahoma (11-6) by scoring four runs in the ninth inning off closer Jordan John (3-2) to win, 7-6. Joel Hutter muscled a 1-1 pitch from John into center field to score Austin Elkins from third with the score tied which set off a celebration in shallow right field by his Patriot teammates.

DBU got an outstanding start from Andrew Elkins in his first non-relief appearance as a Patriot. He went 4.1 innings and gave up three runs, two earned. All three runs were hard-luck runs as they came in an inning with an error and a flyball that was lost above the lights at twilight by centerfielder Landon AndersonJordan Staples pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and Michael Smith was on the hook for a loss after throwing 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and three runs. He gave way to Aaron Gilbreath in the ninth who pitched out of a first and third, one out jam by getting Ty Taylor to popup a squeeze attempt and doubling up Max White who had reached on a Hutter error. Smith’s teammates would get him off the hook by scoring four in the ninth off John, who came into the game with three saves already on the young season.

Michael Miller led off the ninth with a walk. After a KJ Alexander strikeout, Nash Knight singled to third base with two strikes, an at-bat that Head Coach Dan Heefner called the most important of the game. With runners on first and second, RJ Talamantes singled to right to load the bases to bring up Austin Elkins who singled through the left side to score both Miller and Knight. Boomer Collins, who had hit a three run homer earlier in the game, dribbled out to first to move the runners and, with two outs and first base open, the Sooners elected to intentionally walk Ryan Behmanesh to bring Landon Anderson to the plate. With a 3-2 count to the lefthanded Anderson, the lefthanded John bounced a breaking ball and Talamantes walked in to tie the score. That brought Joel Hutter to the plate with a chance to win the game.

With a 1-1 count, Hutter took a fastball on the inner half of the plate and just got enough of it to push it over the head of shortstop Caleb Bushyhead and set off a frenzy among the Patriot faithful that helped fill Patriot Field to capacity on this night. Gilbreath (1-1) picked up a four pitch win and the Patriots ran their winning streak to four, and seven of their last eight.

Wednesday will be a travel day for the Patriots as they head to Charlotte, North Carolina for a three-game set with UNC-Charlotte, beginning Thursday. Catch all the action with Brendan Smith and Nate Frieling on www.dbupatriots.com and follow the Patriots on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/dbuathletics.

Box Score

Postgame Interview with Dan Heefner