DBU sweeps San Francisco, awaits NCAA bid

After splitting their double header at Texas Tech the Dallas Baptist University Patriots headed west to close out their regular season. The Dons (U of SF) hosted the independant school for three games beginning Thursday night.The general thought heading into the final series was DBU (Luray West as I like to call them) needed to take 2 of 3 from the host team to secure an at large bid to the NCAA field of 64.

There were plenty of late game heriocs throughout the series as DBU (37-17) rallied in all three contest to sweep the series. DBU rallied from a late 2-0 deficit in the opener to capture a 4-2 victory and followed it up with a pair of 10 inning wins by scores of 11-7 and 7-6.

The final victory included a last at bat 2 run home run (Evan Bigley) to tie the game at 3-3 and the Patriots captured the tenth inning by outscoring the Dons 4-3.Luray Wrangler to be Chris Haney recorded his third save by closing out USF after they closed to with-in 7-6.

Clay Kelly (.304) and former Wrangler Drew Pirtle (.313) both completed the regular season above .300. Freshman Josh Wilson batted .267 in limited action as Wilson played the field and pitched in his first season at DBU.

Wayne Dowling (18 appr.- 2-0, 3.41 era) and Haney (22 appr- 6-4, 3 saves and 2.33 era) joined Wilson (5 appr- 0-0, 2.08 era) as part of the pitching staff for the Patriots...We will check back on the Patriots when the bids are handed out!

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