Dallas Baptist knocks off No. 8 TCU
Wilson posts game-winning RBI in top of ninth inning
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dallas Baptist defeated the No. 8 TCU 4-3 on Tuesday evening at Lupton Stadium. The win against the preseason No. 1 improves the Patriots to 6-2 overall while the Horned Frogs fell to 4-4.
Pitcher Jordan Staples picked up the win for the Patriots, coming on in the seventh and throwing two scoreless innings. Staples replaced starter Brandon Williamson, who went six innings allowing three runs on eight hits.
TCU took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Taylor Featherston’s solo home run over the right field wall.
Facing a one-run deficit after the fourth inning, the Patriots managed two runs in the fifth thanks to solid base running by Landon Anderson and a pair of Horned Frog errors. With one out, Anderson drew a walk, stole second and then advanced to third after a failed pickoff attempt. Josh Wilson’s sacrifice fly yielded another TCU error, this time on the throw from the right fielder, allowing Anderson to score.
After Austin Elkins’ ground out advanced Wilson to third, Tyler Robbins delivered a two-out double, scoring Wilson to give the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.
The lead didn’t last long as TCU tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Jantzen Witte picked up a RBI with his double down the left field line, and later scored on a RBI single from teammate Featherston.
DBU evened the score in the top of the sixth after a leadoff single by Joel Hutter got the inning started. Ryan Behmanesh doubled to advance Hutter to third, and Kenny Hatcher picked up his ninth RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Entering the final inning tied at 3-3, Duncan McAlpine led off for the Patriots with a single through the right side and later advanced to third courtesy of a Anderson’s single. With the go-ahead run 90 feet away, Wilson picked up his second RBI of the night with a single to right, giving DBU a 4-3 advantage.
Senior Chris Haney entered in the ninth and sealed the win for the Patriots, retiring three of the four batters he faced.