Dallas Colleges: Oral Roberts
The Mavericks, led by Duncanville's Kevin Butler (11.2 ppg) finished with a 19-13 overall record and tied for fourth in the WAC with an 11-7 mark. Oral Roberts (18-14, 13-5 Southland) is led by Warren Niles (19.1 ppg).
The fourth-seeded Bears (46-15) need wins over Dallas Baptist (41-17) on Sunday night and Monday to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Oral Roberts, which sent Baylor into the losers' bracket with a 4-2 win Friday night before an 11-8 loss to Dallas Baptist on Saturday, ends its season at 38-25.
ORU jumped in front on Jose Trevino's RBI single in the first inning, but Baylor answered in the top of the third on Vick's two-run single.
The Bears added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on Vick's fielder's choice grounder and a looping double down the right-field line by Josh Ludy that got past Logan Domenico as Vick scored from first.
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.
The Golden Eagles (38-23) advanced to face Dallas Baptist (40-17) on Saturday night in the winners' bracket, while fourth-seeded Baylor (44-15) faces an elimination game against UT-Arlington (36-24).
Oral Roberts, making its 15th straight NCAA tournament appearance, lost a three-game season-opening series in Waco in February, including two on bases-loaded walks in the final inning.
Bowen (7-2) allowed six hits and two runs in six innings.
Turley (9-1) allowed three doubles in the sixth to tie the game, and the go-ahead run scored when Baylor second baseman Lawton Langford threw wildly to home.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Mitchell (6-1) allowed two hits and struck out three.
Jantzen Witte went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs. Joe Weik added two RBIs for the Horned Frogs (43-17), who will play Dallas Baptist.
Pinch-hitter Brett Johnson added a two-run homer for TCU.
Oral Roberts (36-21), making its 14th consecutive NCAA regional appearance, didn't get a runner past first base until a two-run ninth inning.
Golden Eagles starter Alec Gonzalez (8-6) was hit for five runs on seven hits in two innings.
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."
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