Dallas Baptist posts sixth consecutive win against No. 21 Oklahoma
For the sixth consecutive time dating back to 2011, Dallas Baptist (27-26) defeated No. 21 Oklahoma (35-17) as the Patriots traveled to Norman, Okla., Tuesday night and picked up a 6-4 win.
Austin Listi picked up a bases-clearing, two-out double in the decisive third inning and Boomer Collins belted an insurance homerun in the ninth as five different Patriot pitchers combined to limit the Sooners to five hits on the night.
Paul Voelker allowed one unearned run in his first Division I start and Aaron Gilbreath (2-0) was credited with the win after throwing two scoreless innings in relief. Cory Taylor, Brandon Koch, and Joseph Shaw -- the same three freshman who shut out the Sooners just two weeks ago in a 2-0 Patriot win -- finished the final four innings with only Taylor allowing a run on two hits. Shaw picked up his fourth save of the season.
It was the third inning that saw the Patriots deliver the big blow off Sooner starter Adam Choplick. Trailing 1-0 after Oklahoma scored an unearned run in the first, DBU sent ten batters to the plate in the third and scored five runs on five hits, all with two outs.
After Nash Knight grounded out to start the inning, Collins walked and Ronnie Mitchell lined out to rightfield. Three consecutive hits then loaded the bases for Austin Listi, who cleared them with a groundball double down the left-field line. Mike Wesolowski then walked ahead of a KJ Alexander RBI single up the middle and Wesolowski scored as Chane Lynch doubled off the wall in leftfield to close the Patriot scoring in the inning.
That was all for the Patriots until the ninth, after OU had closed the cap to 5-4. With one out, Collins hit a no-doubt shot to left on the first pitch he saw from reliever Kindle Ladd, the only run Ladd allowed in six innings of relief. Shaw pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth to close out the game with his only strikeout in the game that took just under three hours.