Three freshman hurlers keep Oklahoma scoreless as Dallas Baptist posts 2-0 win
DALLAS -- Three different Dallas Baptist freshmen combined to shut out No. 10 Oklahoma 2-0 on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark. Cory Taylor set the tone with five scoreless innings and was followed by Brandon Koch and Joseph Shaw. The three combined for 12 strikeouts and limited the Sooners to three hits as Oklahoma was shut out for only the second time this season.
The Patriots (23-22) managed only nine hits in the game but the two runs were more than enough for the young hurlers. Duncan McAlpine drove in both runs for DBU, one in the first and one in the eighth, and each time he scored Ronnie Mitchell. In the first, Mitchell singled and stole second ahead of a two-out McAlpine single. In the eighth, Mitchell was hit by pitch and raced around the bases on a double into the left-center gap.
The day was ruled by pitching, however. Taylor (1-2) was outstanding in his five complete innings as the right-hander struck out a career-high seven, walked two and allowed only two hits. He pitched around trouble in the first, third, and fifth innings and worked around a one-out double in the fourth with a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play as Jack Mayfield collected the base hit before being caught stealing as Kolby Carpenter fanned. Taylor gave way to Koch with DBU clinging to a 1-0 lead in the sixth.
Koch threw two perfect innings, striking out three, and was followed by Joseph Shaw, who took the mound for the eighth inning. Shaw kept the shutout going but had to pitch around trouble to do it. After a one-out single, Shaw induced a groundout to second that could have resulted in an inning-ending double play but RJ Talamantes, who entered the inning before as a defensive replacement, pulled Nash Knight off the bag at second base with his feed and Shaw had two runners on base. But a three-pitch strikeout of Anthony Hermelyn resulted in the second out and a tapper back to the mound finished the inning with no harm done.
Shaw completed his second career save, both in the past three games, with a perfect ninth inning and DBU picked up its fifth consecutive victory against the Sooners (33-12).