Dallas Colleges: Fort Worth Regional

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).

All-Fort Worth Regional Team

June, 6, 2010
C: Gregg Glime, Baylor
1B: Max Muncy, Baylor
2B: Jerome Pena, TCU
SS: Taylor Featherston, TCU
3B: Jantzen Witte, TCU
OF: Jason Coats, TCU
OF: Aaron Schultz, TCU
OF: Robert Refsnyder, Lamar
SP: Steven Maxwell, TCU
SP: Willie Kempf, Baylor
RP: Brooks Pinckard, Baylor
DH: Joe Weik, TCU
MVP: Taylor Featherston, TCU

Fort Worth Day 3: TCU moves on

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a weekend of hot baseball on the field and hot temperatures in Fort Worth, TCU remains in the hunt for a trip to Omaha.

The Horned Frogs used a fantastic start from pitcher Steven Maxwell to beat Baylor, 9-0, and move on to face Texas a a super regional matchup next weekend in Austin. Baylor overcame a good start from the Arizona Wildcats to win the early game, but the Bears are done for the year after elimination Sunday night.

* In the early game, Baylor starter Willie Kempf pitched a gem after letting Arizona score two runs in the second.

Kempf pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits but just two earned runs and striking out eight with no walks.

After shortstop Alex Mejia gave the Wildcats the early lead on a double, Baylor brought one run in on a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 2-1 after three innings. Then both starting pitchers put on a show, allowing no runs until the seventh.

Arizona starter Tyler Hale lasted seven innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking four.

In the top of the seventh, Hale gave Baylor the game-winning run on a wild pitch. The Bears added an insurance run in the eighth on left fielder Logan Vick's RBI single to make the final 4-2.

Vick led the Bears with two hits, a run and an RBI, while first baseman Max Muncy chipped in two hits and two runs.

Mejia added two hits and two RBIs for the Wildcats, who also got significant contributions from first baseman Cole Frenzel (one hit, one run) and left fielder Robert Refsnyder (one hit, one run).

* Later, the Bears got a very good start from Craig Fritsch (6 2/3 IP, eight hits, four earned runs, eight strikeouts), but Maxwell was outstanding for TCU.

The right-hander pitched eight innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

The Frogs thumped closer Brooks Pinckard, who attempted to close his second game of the day after playing center field most of both games for the Bears. Pinckard lasted two innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs.

TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston, the regional MVP, led the Frogs with three hits, two RBIs and one run. Left fielder Jason Coats (two hits, one run, one RBI) and third baseman Jantzen Witte (one hit, one run, one RBI) also helped out.

Baylor third baseman Joey Hainsfurther was the only Bear with a multi-hit game (two hits).

TCU wins FW regional, date with Texas

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Horned Frogs have advanced to a Super Regional date against the Texas Longhorns next weekend in Austin.

Texas beat Rice, 4-1, earlier this evening and TCU beat Baylor, 9-0, to advance.

The Frogs added four runs in the top of the ninth as Baylor closer Brooks Pinckard imploded, as did his defense around him. Pinckard gave up six hits and a walk, totaling five earned runs. Kevin Winter came in to get the Bears out of the inning.

TCU finally removed starter Steven Maxwell in the ninth for Kaleb Merck, who escaped the inning scoreless after facing five batters.

Frogs up 5-0 heading to ninth

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a controversial call took a home run away from left fielder Jason Coats, TCU had to settle for a 4-0 lead following the seventh.

The Frogs earned the fifth run back in the eighth.

In the top of the seventh, Coats fired a shot out to the right field wall. On replay, the ball looked as if it bounced off the top of the wall and should have been ruled a home run. However, the umpire disagreed and called the hit a triple. Coats, a Plano West product, drove in a run but was stranded on base.

In the eighth, TCU advanced Kyle Von Tungeln to third on a sacrifice before bringing him home with another sacrifice from Aaron Schultz.

Baylor put center fielder/closer Brooks Pickard into the game in the eighth after a nice start from Craig Fritsch.

TCU has stuck with starter Steven Maxwell, who had allowed three hits and two walks with ten strikeouts through eight innings.

TCU on the board in the fifth

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Brance Rivera kick-started the TCU offense with a double that moved second baseman Jerome Pena to third, then shortstop Taylor Featherston sent a long hit dribbling nearly all the way down the right field line.

Two runs came in on the play, and Featherston stretched the hit to a triple. Catcher Bryan Holaday followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to score Featherston and give the Frogs a 3-0 lead.

The Frogs have maintained their lead into the bottom of the sixth. Both starting pitchers are still in the game.

No score through four innings

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU starter Steven Maxwell and Baylor starter Craig Fritsch have kept the scoreboard clear through the fourth inning.

Maxwell has allowed two hits and has six strikeouts to one walk. The Frogs kept a run off the board in the bottom of the fourth with a double play.

Fritsch has been even better, also allowing two hits, but with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Lineups: TCU vs. Baylor

June, 6, 2010
1) SS Taylor Featherston
2) C Bryan Holaday
3) LF Jason Coats
4) 1B Matt Curry
5) DH Joe Weik
6) 3B Jantzen Witte
7) CF Aaron Schultz
8) 2B Jerome Pena
9) RF Brance Rivera

SP: RHP Steven Maxwell (10-1, 2.73 ERA)

1) LF Logan Vick
2) CF Brooks Pinckard
3) 3B Joey Hainsfurther
4) RF Cal Towey
5) 2B Raynor Campbell
6) 1B Max Muncy
7) C Gregg Glime
8) DH Willie Kempf
9) SS Landis Ware

SP: RHP Craig Fritsch (2-3, 3.50 ERA)

Bears pull away in eighth, win 4-2

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Arizona may have fared better had it stuck with starter Tony Hale.

The Wildcats pulled Hale after seven innings of strong play, as his control was slipping. Arizona turned to reliever Stephen Manthei.

Manthei hit the first batter he faced before a sacrifice bunt moved the runner, Chris Slater, to second. Manthei intentionally walked the next hitter before an error loaded the bases with one out.

A Landis Ware sacrifice fly gave the Bears a 3-2 lead.

Arizona brought in reliever Bryce Bandilla for his third appearance of the weekend, but he allowed a Logan Vick RBI single to push the score to 4-2.

Neither team could get any significant offense in the ninth. Baylor earned a matchup with TCU at 7 p.m. tonight. If TCU doesn't finish off the Bears then, there will be a rematch Monday night.

Pitchers' duel in Fort Worth

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Arizona and Baylor are tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Bears left fielder Logan Vick scored in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch from Wildcats starter Tyler Hale, a rare miscue today from the right-hander.

Hale has been a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats so far, as he has pitched seven innings of three-hit, one-earned run ball. He's walked five batters, but struck out seven.

Baylor's starter has also had a nice, long six innings so far. Willie Kempf has allowed six hits and two earned runs so far for the Bears. He has four strikeouts and no walks.

Arizona scores two, Bears respond

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Arizona struck first in Game 5 of the Fort Worth regional.

After two singles in the bottom of the second Sunday, a sacrifice bunt move the runners to scoring position for shortstop Alex Mejia. Mejia drove both runs in with a two-RBI double, but was left on base to close the second.

In the top of the third, Bears first baseman Max Muncy advanced to third base on one sacrifice fly, before a second brought him in, to make the score, 2-1 Arizona.

Arizona couldn't respond in the bottom of the third, and it remains 2-1, top of the fourth.

Lineups: Baylor vs. Arizona, round 2

June, 6, 2010
1) LF Logan Vick
2) CF Brooks Pinckard
3) 2B Raynor Campbell
4) RF Cal Towey
5) C Gregg Glime
6) 3B Joey Hainsfurther
7) 1B Max Muncey
8) DH Logan Verrett
9) SS Landis Ware

SP: Willie Kempf (8-2, 3.11 ERA)

1) CF Joey Rickard
2) 2B Rafael Valenzuela
3) C Jett Bandy
4) RF Steve Selsky
5) DH Josh Garcia
6) 1B Cole Frenzel
7) LF Robert Refsnyder
8) 3B Seth Mejias-Brean
9) SS Alex Mejias

SP: Tyler Hale (1-1, 6.35 ERA)

Fort Worth Day 2: Baylor ousts Lamar

June, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas--Lamar's postseason ended at the hands of the Baylor Bears, who held off a ninth-inning push from the Cardinals to win 6-4 Saturday afternoon.

TCU remained perfect in the night game, while Baylor survived until Sunday in Day 2 of the Fort Worth Regional.

In the early game, Lamar couldn't get much off Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg, who pitched five and 2/3 innings of five-hit baseball and allowed only one run. The Bears brought in Kyle Turley for relief and tried to stick with him to finish, but the Cardinals had a last gasp in the ninth.

Turley struck out the first batter in the ninth before walking the next one, then gave up a single to pinch hitter Cameron Campbell. Catcher Joey Latulippe stepped up with one out and launched a three-run shot to put Lamar within two.

After the homer, Baylor coach Steve Smith took Brooks Pinckard out of center field and brought him in for the save. Pinckard got a ground out and a foul out to secure his 11th save of the year.

Left fielder Logan Vick (1-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and third baseman Joey Hainsfurther (2-5, 1 run, 1 RBI) led the way for the Bears, while Latulippe (2-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs) and second baseman V.J. Bunner were the only Cardinals with multi-hit games.

Baylor will face Arizona at 2 p.m. Sunday, with Stephen Manthei (2-1, 4.71 ERA) starting for the Wildcats. Smith didn't announce his starter following the game.

Later, the Horned Frogs used a solid start from freshman pitcher Matt Purke (6 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 earned runs) to build a 6-1 lead for reliever Tyler Lockwood.

The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run from designated hitter Josh Garcia, his second of the regional after entering with just one homer all year. He has battled a torn MCL all year and said he was running on adrenaline after his home run Friday.

The Frogs increased the lead to 8-3 in the eighth with left fielder Jason Coats' RBI single and a wild pitch that scored catcher Bryan Holaday.

Arizona answered with another run in the seventh (on a fielder's choice), before loading the bases on three singles with one out in the bottom of the eighth.

Wildcats third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean recorded an RBI on a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to three.

In the top of the ninth, TCU designed hitter Joe Weik ripped a three-run home run to put the game out of reach for Arizona, who could only get a single from Lockwood in the final frame.

Purke, the Rangers first-round pick last year, had nine strikeouts to two walks for TCU. Weik (4-5, 2 runs, 6 RBIs), Coats (2-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and shortstop Taylor Featherston (1-3, 1 run, 3 RBIs) led the Frogs offensively. Garcia (3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Mejias-Brean (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and shortstop Alex Mejia (2-4, 1 RBI) did most of the damage for the Wildcats.

TCU will start RHP Steven Maxwell (10-1, 2.73 ERA) against either Baylor or Arizona at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Horned Frogs stay perfect, win 11-5

June, 5, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Designated hitter Joe Weik put an exclamation point on the Horned Frogs 11-5 win over the Arizona Wildcats with a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Arizona couldn't seem to find a pitcher in the ninth, bringing in reliever Augey Bill, who walked Matt Curry for his TCU-record setting fifth of the night.

The Wildcats then turned to Joe Allison, who threw a wild pitch with Weik at the plate before giving up the three-run shot.

Arizona will play Baylor for a second time tomorrow at 2 p.m. TCU will wait for the winner, which it will play at 7 p.m.

Wildcats claw back in seventh, eighth

June, 5, 2010
TCU extended its lead to five in the top of the sixth on an RBI from Jason Coats and Bryan Holaday running in on a wild pitch from pitcher Nick Cunningham.

Arizona climbed back in over the next two innings, with a run in the sixth on an RBI from center fielder Joey Rickard and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean in the seventh, after Matt Purke left the game to a standing ovation.

Reliever Tyler Lockwood struck out Arizona first baseman Cole Frenzel to escape the inning without further damage.

Wildcats reliever Bryce Bandilla, who suffered from heat exhaustion yesterday, in in for Arizona in the ninth, down 8-5.