Dallas Baptist rolls past UT-Arlington
Massey throws first complete game shutout in rout of Mavs
WACO, Texas -- One game into its second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, Dallas Baptist finds itself in a familiar and comfortable position -- the winner's bracket. The No. 2-seed Patriots defeated No. 3 seed Texas-Arlington 10-0 in the opening round of the tournament and will face the winner of the Baylor/Oral Roberts Friday night match-up. The story of the afternoon for the Patriots was starter Taylor Massey (9-4) as he turned in his longest career outing for the win. Massey threw a complete game shutout, walked two, and struck out five.
The senior from threw 115 pitches in the outing and got plenty of help from his offense. But it was a key at-bat against Preston Beck in the third that set the tone for the game as Massey had to pitch around trouble. The ninth hitter in the Maverick lineup, Travis Sibley, reached on an error by Kenny Hatcher and UTA bunted him to second for Ryan Walker, one of the top hitters in their lineup. Massey got Walker to groundout to second before facing Preston Beck, the Mavericks' leading hitter. Beck worked the count to 3-1 before lining a line drive off the foot of Massey to Hatcher at third, who scooped up the ball and threw Beck out at first to end the inning. That play changed the feel of the game and gave the Patriot offense a chance to respond.
Duncan McAlpine opened the bottom of the third with a clean single to left field and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jaime Garrido singled through the right side to move McAlpine to third before Hatcher plated him with a groundball to left field. That left runners at first and second with no outs before Austin Elkins flew out to deep center to move Garrido to third and it looked like the Patriot rally might end there after Ronnie Mitchell flew out to shallow right field for the second out. Boomer Collins and Joel Hutter collected back-to-back singles, however, and the Patriot lead was 4-0 after three innings.
In the fifth, DBU pushed their lead to six runs. Elkins singled to lead off the inning and moved to second a Ronnie Mitchell bunt single. Collins grounded out to third before Hutter singled home one run and Landon Anderson flied out to center to score the second. A McAlpine solo homerun to lead off the sixth increased the lead to 7-0 and it would stay that way until the eighth when Hutter picked up his fourth and fifth RBI of the day with a single through the right side. Anderson would follow with a triple to right center to score Hutter and the Patriots would lead 10-0 with three outs for Massey to retire.
Massey would set down the lineup in order in the ninth and the Patriots now await their opponent for Saturday night.