No. 25 DBU erased a 5-2 lead to defeat No. 4 Texas Tech 6-5 Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark. Jameson Hannah drove in three runs, and MacGregor Hines finished the game with three scoreless innings to earn the victory on the hill.
The Patriots (20-10) struck first with two runs in the opening frame. Devlin Granberg came home on a wild pitch. One batter later, Matt Duce doubled off the left field fence to drive in Kody Funderburk.
Catch the highlights from #25 DBU's 6-5 win over #4 Texas Tech! pic.twitter.com/7536yuTf3q— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) April 11, 2018
The Red Raiders (26-8) took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Zayne Rheams. Hannah picked up an RBI in the bottom of the inning with a seeing-eye single up the middle that scored Luke Bandy.
Hines entered the game with his team trailing by two in the seventh inning, striking out two batters in a scoreless frame. DBU threatened in the bottom of the inning, but left the bases loaded.
After Hines struck out all three Texas Tech batters in the eighth, the Patriots clawed their way back on top. After Blayne Jones led off the bottom of the eighth with a triple to the right field corner, Hannah plated the equalizing run with his second RBI groundout of the night. Matt Duce then worked a bases-loaded walk, laying off a back-foot slider to force home the go-ahead tally. Hines worked around a two-out single, striking out two more batters to close out the victory.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The victory over #4 Texas Tech tonight matches DBU's win over #4 TCU on April 29, 2015, for the program's best win versus a ranked opponent.
- DBU erased a deficit in the eighth inning or later for the third straight game.
- Hines earned his fourth win, tying him with MD Johnson for the team lead.
COACH DAN HEEFNER ON HINES' PERFORMANCE
"We've seen that all year long from him. He loves to compete. I don't think there's anybody who likes that situation more than he does… The bigger the situation, the better he's going to be."
FINAL: DBU 6, TTU 5— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) April 11, 2018
Patriots come back from a 5-2 deficit to hand the No. 4 team in the nation a loss pic.twitter.com/AYilI1xXha
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
31 - Hannah extended his hitting streak to 31 straight games.
7 - Hines' seven strikeouts were a career high.
1 - Patriot pitching walked one batter all night.
DBU hosts Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference series this weekend. First pitch Friday is set for 6:30.