Dallas Colleges: Dallas Baptist

Dallas Baptist handles Oral Roberts

June, 2, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Duncan McAlpine homered and drove in five runs as Dallas Baptist got past Oral Roberts 11-8 on Saturday night in the Waco Regional.

Dallas Baptist (41-17) banged out 12 hits off three Oral Roberts pitchers in the first five innings to take what seemed like a commanding 10-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles made it interesting, scoring three in the third and adding three more in the fifth before Aaron Gilbreath (4-3) threw 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Oral Roberts (38-24) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but closer Stuart Prudenz struck out Bennett Pickar to end the game.

McAlpine delivered a two-run single in the second, greeted reliever Alec Smith with a two-run homer in the third and drove in another run with a single in the fifth. Boomer Collins and Ryan Behmanesh also homered.

Dallas Baptist zips UT-Arlington in Waco opener

June, 1, 2012
Dallas Baptist opened the Waco Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament with a 10-0 win over UT-Arlington on Friday.

The teams will await the results of tonight's game between Oral Roberts and top seed Baylor. No. 2 Dallas Baptist (40-17) faces the winner, and UT-Arlington (36-24) takes on the loser.

Details to come.

UTA, Dallas Baptist headed to Waco Regional

May, 28, 2012

UT-Arlington is back in the NCAA playoffs and headed to the Waco Regional after Monday's announcement of the 64-team tournament bracket. The Mavericks are the No. 3 seed and open the double-elimination regional against No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist on Friday at 1 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.

No. 1 Baylor, the No. 4 national seed, faces No. 4 Oral Roberts in the other game at 6 p.m. The regional runs through June 4 at the latest with berths in a super regional on the line for the winner.

This the fifth trip to the NCAAs for UTA, which earned an automatic bid by sweeping four games in the Southland Conference tournament culminating with Saturday's championship. The Mavericks also reached the national playoffs in 2006, 2001, 1992 and 1990.

"I'm happy we got a No. 3 seed, I thought we deserved it," UT-Arlington coach Darin Thomas said during a selection show watching party Monday at Mavericks Bar and Grill. "We're playing some teams that we're familiar with. We're playing our best baseball, we've won seven in row, and couldn't have played any better in the conference tournament. I'm happy for our guys and won't have any trouble getting them ready to play."

The Mavericks (36-23) have faced Dallas Baptist twice this season, losing both games on May 1-2. UTA split two games against Baylor, with each team winning on its home field.

Ticket information will be available Tuesday.

1 p.m. – Game 1 (Dallas Baptist vs. UT Arlington)
6 p.m. – Game 2 (Baylor vs. Oral Roberts)
2 p.m. – Game 3 (Loser G1 vs. Loser G2)
7 p.m. – Game 4 (Winner G1 vs. Winner G2)
2 p.m. – Game 5 (Winner G3 vs. Loser G4)
7 p.m. – Game 6 (Winner G4 vs. Winner G5)
June 4th
6:30 p.m. – Game 7 (second game, if necessary)

Red-hot Dallas Baptist baseball joins WAC

September, 19, 2011
Dallas Baptist's run to the NCAA Tournament including stopping powers Oklahoma and TCU to win the Fort Worth Regional has earned the baseball team membership in the Western Athletic Conference starting with the 2012-13 academic year.

The WAC announced Monday that Dallas Baptist and CSU Bakersfield have agreed to join the conference in baseball. For those not up to date on the new-look WAC, those two clubs join eight: Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State, along with Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Sacramento State, San Jose State and Seattle.

Dallas Baptist has played Division I baseball for six seasons and built a 208-132 record playing as an independent. Coach Dan Heefner is in his fifth season at the school and led the team to its first-ever appearance in an NCAA Super Regional, finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 16 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.

"The invitation and acceptance to join the WAC is a testament to where this program has been and the support we receive from our administration," Heefner said in a school release. "It's going to be an extremely competitive league that will challenge us and require us to continue to grow."

Dallas Baptist has shaky debut against Cal

June, 11, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Justin Jones threw a one-hitter over six innings before leaving the game with a left biceps problem and California powered past Dallas Baptist 7-0 on Saturday in the first game of an NCAA super regional.

Chad Bunting and Marcus Semien each hit a three-run homers and Devon Rodriguez also drove in a run for the Bears (36-21), who won their fifth straight.

Brandon Williamson went 7 2/3 innings for the Patriots (42-19), who entered the game with the second most runs scored in the nation. Williamson (10-4) allowed a season-high seven runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Jones, who walked one and struck out three, was warming up for the seventh when he walked off the mound and began rubbing his left biceps, reporting he felt something tug.

Logan Scott pitched the final three innings, giving up two hits, to record his first career save.

Dallas Baptist plans to build NCAA-approved facility

June, 9, 2011
DALLAS -- After missing out on a chance to host an NCAA super regional, Dallas Baptist Univeristy plans to develop an NCAA-approved facility that would allow the Patriots to host such an event in the future.

Patriot Field currently lacks the seating, press box and food venues needed to host an NCAA regional. When DBU defeated Oral Roberts to reach its first super regional, the university quickly partnered with the City of Grand Prairie and QuikTrip Park to apply as a host school, but lost to California since the Bears defeated top-seeded Rice in regionals.

“That’s been in the plans for a while,” coach Dan Heefner said. “We already have plans for a stadium. It’s not something that’s just happened and we’re like, ‘Oh man, we’ve got to improve our facilities.’ It’s been a goal of ours for a while and we’ve got plans for it. We’re just looking for the key donors to get the ball rolling and break ground on it.

“Hopefully this breakthrough in winning the regional will kind of knock down that door and get that facility for us.”

With an enrollment of 5,470 -- the third-lowest undergraduate enrollment school to reach the NCAA super regionals since the format was instituted in 1999 -- DBU plans to renovate the field in stages with the funding provided from donors and the private university.

“We have a lot of donors that have helped make these facilities available, and we continue to have chats with them and help discover new, creative ways to raise money to get that out of the university,” athletic director Ryan Erwin said.

DBU has added to Patriot Field since it opened in 1983, including a 2,000-square-foot visitor’s fieldhouse that was completed in 2009.

The Patriots on Saturday will play Game 1 of their best-of-three series against California at Santa Clara University. The series winner advances to the College World Series.

Dallas Baptist to get provisional year with MVC

June, 9, 2011
DALLAS -- Dallas Baptist University could be placed in its first Division I conference as soon as the end of next year.

DBU’s baseball program will have a provisional year with the Missouri Valley Conference next season, meaning the Patriots will have a full MVC schedule but will not be listed in the standings or play in the conference tournament.

"That’d be a huge step for us," coach Dan Heefner said. “I think it’s a mutually beneficial thing. I think it would help our program out. I think it would help the Missouri Valley out as well. Definitely something we’re really excited about and hope happens. Hopefully this run that we’re making right now increases our chances of getting in.”

The MVC will vote in May 2012 whether it should accept DBU into the conference.

“I think the Missouri Valley makes a lot of sense not only for DBU but for the Missouri Valley schools,” athletic director Ryan Erwin said. “I think they want a presence in Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth is a baseball hotbed and they don’t have that right now.”

As an Independent, the only way DBU can make it to an NCAA regional is by an at-large bid. The Patriots were one of nine teams listed as a D-1 Independent baseball team this season.

Dallas Baptist wins Fort Worth Regional

June, 6, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dallas Baptist batted around during an eight-run first inning and went on to hold off Oral Roberts 11-9 on Monday night to win the NCAA Fort Worth Regional.

The Patriots (42-18), in their sixth season as an NCAA Division I independent, advanced to their first super regional. The will face California, which rallied to beat Baylor, 9-8, in the Houston Regional final.

Ryan Behmanesh had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs for Dallas Baptist, which sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning. Jason Krizan, Behmanesh, Kenny Hatcher, Austin Elkins, Josh Wilson, Tyler Robbins and Landon Anderson all had run-scoring hits.

Oral Roberts put the tying run on second in the eighth with the heart of its order coming up, but closer Chris Haney struck out Chris Elder and Brandon King to end it.

King had a grand slam and Elder drove in three runs for the Golden Eagles (39-22).

DBU loses chance to advance, has one more

June, 5, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Brandon King had a home run and three RBIs, and senior Mark Guest threw the first complete game of his career as Oral Roberts topped Dallas Baptist, 7-2, on Sunday night to force a deciding game in the championship round of the Fort Worth Regional.

The teams will face off again at 7 p.m. Monday for the right to advance to the super regionals.

Guest (2-0), who missed much of the season with a torn muscle in his chest, retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced. He struck out two and walked one for Oral Roberts (39-21).

Cam Shiller had a home run and three RBIs as the Golden Eagles' Nos. 3-6 hitters, including cleanup hitter King, went a combined 6 for 13, accounted for every RBI, had four runs and five walks.

Ryan Behmanesh and Duncan McAlpine had RBIs for the Patriots (41-18).

Oral Roberts eliminates TCU in Forth Worth

June, 5, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chris Elder hit a grand slam and Oral Roberts eliminated TCU with an 8-4 victory in the Fort Worth Regional on Sunday.

The Golden Eagles (38-21) needed to beat Dallas Baptist twice to advance to the super regionals for the first time.

Leading 4-3 in the sixth, Oral Roberts loaded the bases with two hits and a walk before Elder homered to right off Teddy Nowell.

Joe Spring (5-1), who relieved starter Bryce Smolen in the third, picked up the victory. Reliever Erik Miller (7-7) took the loss for TCU (43-19).

TCU starter Kyle Winkler, who has battled elbow soreness this season, left in the first inning holding his right elbow.

DBU sends TCU to elimination bracket

June, 4, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Landon Anderson's single to center scored Joel Hutter with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Dallas Baptist's 3-2 victory over TCU on Saturday in the Fort Worth regional.

Jared Stafford allowed two runs and three hits in 8 1/3 innings for Dallas Baptist (41-17). Chris Haney earned the save by retiring two batters in the ninth with the tying run on third.

TCU (43-18) will play Oral Roberts on Sunday in an elimination game.

The Patriots scored their first run on a wild pitch by TCU starter Matt Purke, and Jason Krizan's run-scoring double in the third gave Dallas Baptist a 2-0 lead.

Purke, who returned to the mound a couple of weeks while allowing shoulder soreness to subside, was limited to a pitch count of 80-90 pitches. He left after five innings and 83 pitches.

Taylor Featherston and Brett Johnson had RBIs for the Horned Frogs.

Dallas Baptist downs OU for first NCAA win

June, 3, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jason Krizan's infield hit in the 10th inning scored Tyler Robbins and gave Dallas Baptist the first NCAA tournament victory in program history, a 3-2 win over Oklahoma in the Fort Worth Regional on Friday.

Krizan, who had a 39-game hitting streak this season, drove in two runs for Dallas Baptist (40-17), including one on his NCAA single-season record 38th double in the first inning.

Brandon Williamson, who beat the Sooners earlier in the season, battled wildness but was resilient in throwing nine complete innings. The senior right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits. He had seven strikeouts, two walks and hit three batters.

Chris Haney pitched the 10th to pick up the save.

Garrett Buechele and Tyler Ogle each drove in a run for the Sooners (41-18).

Matt Purke, TCU eye repeat visit to CWS

June, 2, 2011
FORT WORTH -- The second time around at TCU hasn't been as perfect for Matt Purke, the left-hander who has already been a first-round draft pick once -- and could be again next week.

After going 16-0 as a freshman and helping lead the Horned Frogs to their first College World Series last year, Purke (5-1, 1.51 ERA in 10 starts) missed a month this season with shoulder soreness. He has pitched only twice since mid-April, including the Mountain West Conference tournament opener last week.

But Purke appears ready when it matters most for the Frogs (42-17), who are getting ready to host another NCAA regional. He has felt good on the mound since getting a clean bill of health from noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

"There was nothing wrong with me. I just needed some rest," Purke said. "It was what I needed and just get a clear mind and know what was going on."

Andrew Mitchell (5-1, 3.13) is expected to start the regional opener Friday night against Oral Roberts (36-20).

Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle will then likely decide between Purke or junior right-hander Kyle Winkler, the Mountain West Conference career leader with 27 wins, to pitch Saturday against Oklahoma (41-17) or Dallas Baptist (39-17), who play the other first-round game at TCU.

"I've rested and now I'm ready for the time when it's necessary," said Purke, who has eight strikeouts while allowing one run in seven innings since returning.

TCU began this season ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll with the return of Purke, Winkler and right-hander Steven Maxwell. The starting trio was a combined 39-5 last season and didn't miss any turns in the rotation.

But Maxwell (5-1, 3.13) also missed a month this year because of biceps soreness before starting in the MWC tournament Friday. Winkler (8-2, 1.40) didn't pitch in the conference tournament because of stiffness, though he said it was precautionary.

Even while missing each of the trio at some point, the Frogs still earned a No. 1 seed and hosting role for the NCAA tournament. They won their sixth consecutive Mountain West regular season title with a 20-3 conference record.

"Last year was fairy tale ... Every single player on our team that needed to have a good season had a great season, every single player that needed to stay healthy stayed healthy," Schlossnagle said. "If you had told me going into the year you're going to miss Purke for a month and Maxwell for a month and Winkler is going to be in and out down the stretch, I would have said, 'Yeah, wow, how are we going to overcome that?'"

Even though Purke is only a sophomore, the slender bespectacled lefty with a deceptive three-quarters delivery is eligible for the draft again because his 21st birthday (July 17) is within 45 days of the draft that begins Monday.

"We'll sit back and see what happens," he said.

Purke was the 14th overall pick by the Texas Rangers in 2009, but went to TCU after being unable to reach a deal with the team that was still more than a year from winning its first American League pennant.

"All along our goal with Matt has been to have him for two years, and have him leave here healthy and a high pick," Schlossnagle said. "He should feel very indebted to TCU, and we are very indebted to him because of the effort that he gave us last year and the effort that he continues to give this year."

Even though Purke was bothered by a blister on his pitching hand at the start of the season, then missed a month because of the shoulder soreness, he said he has matured by "leaps and bounds" at TCU and become a better pitcher. And he still has no regrets about not going pro straight out of high school two years ago.

"Not a single one," he said. "Not a single one."

TCU has already this season played each of the teams in its regional. The Frogs lost on consecutive days in April at Dallas Baptist and then home against Oklahoma. They also lost on the road against the Sooners, and beat Oral Roberts at home.

The Frogs are hosting a regional for the third consecutive year, and playing in their eighth straight NCAA tournament under Schlossnagle.

"It's kind of amazing how you draw it up. Before my freshman year, we had never hosted a regional or done anything like that," Winkler said. "Then my freshman year, we host a regional and make it to a super (regional). The year after that, we make it to a super again and win it and we're in Omaha. Hopefully this year the progression keeps going. If I'm lucky, I'll have a national championship ring."

Seven Texas schools make NCAA field

May, 31, 2011

TCU, Texas and Texas A&M each have been selected to host one of the 16 NCAA baseball regionals beginning Friday as the complete field of 64 was announced Monday.

Texas earned the sixth overall national seed, while Rice was No. 7. Also making the field of 64: Dallas Baptist, Baylor, Texas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Each regional field features four teams playing a double-elimination format.

Here are where select schools will be playing. For the full schedule, click here:

At Lupton Baseball Stadium
Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 Oral Roberts (36-20) at *No. 1 TCU (42-17)
Game 2: No. 3 Dallas Baptist (39-17) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (41-17)
Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Sunday June 5
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 6
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

UFCU Disch-Falk Field
Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 Princeton (23-22) at *No. 1 Texas (43-15)
Game 2: No. 3 Kent State (43-15) vs. No. 2 Texas State (40-21)
Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Sunday June 5
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 6
Game 7: (if necessary) Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

At Olsen Field
Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 Wright State (36-17) at *No. 1 Texas A&M (42-18)
Game 2: No. 3 Seton Hall (33-23) vs. No. 2 Arizona (36-19)
Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Sunday June 5
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 6
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

At Reckling Park
Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 Alcorn State (27-28) at *No. 1 Rice (41-19)
Game 2: No. 3 California (31-20) vs. No. 2 Baylor (29-26)
Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Sunday June 5
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 6
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

At Hawkins Field
Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 Belmont (36-24) at *No. 1 Vanderbilt (47-10)
Game 2: No. 3 Troy (42-17) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State (35-23)
Saturday, June 4
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Sunday June 5
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 6
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

Click here for the tournament bracket.



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