DBU rallies in ninth to nip OU
Four-run ninth inning propels Patriots to 7-6 victory
DALLAS -- For the first time in 2012, the Dallas Baptist Patriots defeated a top 25 team. For the first time in 2012, the Dallas Baptist Patriots won a game when trailing after six innings. For the first time in 2012, the Patriots won in walk-off fashion.
Tuesday night at Patriot Field, DBU defeated No. 17 Oklahoma by scoring four runs in the ninth inning off closer Jordan John (3-2) to win 7-6. Joel Hutter muscled a 1-1 pitch from John into center field to score Austin Elkins from third with the score tied which set off a celebration in shallow right field by his Patriots teammates.
DBU (10-6) got an outstanding start from Andrew Elkins in his first non-relief appearance as a Patriot. He went 4.1 innings and gave up three runs, two earned. All three runs were hard-luck runs as they came in an inning with an error and a flyball that was lost above the lights at twilight by centerfielder Landon Anderson.
Jordan Staples pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and Michael Smith was on the hook for a loss after throwing 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and three runs. He gave way to Aaron Gilbreath in the ninth who pitched out of a first and third, one out jam by getting Ty Taylor to popup a squeeze attempt and doubling up Max White who had reached on a Hutter error. Smith's teammates would get him off the hook by scoring four in the ninth off John, who came into the game with three saves.
Michael Miller led off the ninth with a walk. After a KJ Alexander strikeout, Nash Knight singled to third base with two strikes, an at-bat that head coach Dan Heefner called the most important of the game. With runners on first and second, RJ Talamantes singled to right to load the bases to bring up Austin Elkins who singled through the left side to score both Miller and Knight.
Boomer Collins, who had hit a three-run homer earlier in the game, dribbled out to first to move the runners and, with two outs and first base open, the Sooners (11-6) elected to intentionally walk Ryan Behmanesh to bring Landon Anderson to the plate. With a 3-2 count on the left-handed Anderson, the left-handed John bounced a breaking ball and Talamantes walked in to tie the score. That brought Joel Hutter to the plate with a chance to win the game.
With a 1-1 count, Hutter took a fastball on the inner half of the plate and just got enough of it to push it over the head of shortstop Caleb Bushyhead.
Gilbreath (1-1) picked up a four-pitch win as the Patriots ran their winning streak to four.