Dallas Baptist rallied in the final game of the conference set to defeat Louisiana Tech, 5-0, after losing the first two games of the weekend Sunday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.
With the loss today, Louisiana Tech (18-34, 6-18 WAC) has now been officially eliminated from the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament despite winning its first series of the season over the Dallas Baptist Patriots (26-26, 12-12 WAC).
"These guys never quit and we fought all the way through," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "[Dallas Baptist's] kid really pitched well and we could not get anything going on him. On Sundays, you have to outscore people and we have struggled offensively for most of the year, but we have four games left and that means something to these seniors."
Dallas Baptist starter Cody Beam (5-1) earned the win after pitching a full eight innings and into the ninth, while only giving up three hits to Bulldog hitters on the day and not allowing a run to cross the plate. Joseph Shaw came on in relief in the ninth inning and recorded the final three outs, while not allowing a base runner.
Senior Trevor Petersen (3-5) started and was charged with the loss after giving up five runs – four earned – off seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Petersen was relieved by Luke Giddens, who faced three batters in the fifth, before Caleb Dudley came on to pitch the final 3.1 innings for the second day in a row. Dudley allowed just three hits, while not allowing a run in the outing.
Dallas Baptist scored early and never looked back after leading 1-0 after an inning of play off a sacrifice fly by Patriot catcher Michael Miller to score Boomer Collins from third. The Patriots tacked on runs in the second and fourth innings off two more sacrifice flies by Collins and designed hitter KJ Alexander to extend their lead to three runs.
Dallas Baptist added its final two runs of the day off a Bulldog fielding error and a double down the left field line by Austin Listi to give the Patriots a 5-0 lead and the eventual win in the series finale.
Listi, Miller and Ronnie Mitchell led Dallas Baptist offensively with two hits each in the win, as Miller and Listi each had an RBI on the afternoon to help lead the Patriots to victory.
Tyler Qualls, Taylor Terrasas and Taylor Love each had one hit apiece for a total of three base knocks for Louisiana Tech on the day.
The Bulldogs now return home for the final four games of the season beginning with a contest with in-state foe Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Tech will host UTSA in the final conference series beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.