Dallas Baptist looks to bounce back after CWS loss

The Dallas Baptist men’s baseball team will look to bounce back from an opening loss in the Tucson Regional of the College World Series with a game against the University of Arizona on Saturday at 3:00 PM CT.

Dallas Baptist lost the first game of the College World Series against West Virginia University, who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning, never looked back and finished the game with a 4-1 victory.

Mountaineers pitcher Derek Clark threw a complete game and limited the Patriots to just four hits, with their lone run not crossing home plate until the eighth inning.

The Patriots will now prepare for their matchup against Arizona on Saturday afternoon as the team looks to win three straight games and advance out of their region.

Dallas Baptist played Arizona earlier this year when it played one game in the Frisco College Baseball Classic, with the Patriots coming out on top with a 4-3 win.

This game featured multiple momentum shifts. The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead, but Arizona stormed back with three runs in the third inning.

Dallas Baptist closed the game with two more runs in the eighth inning, after scoring on a wild pitch and a grounder to second base.

Losing to Arizona on Saturday would end the Patriots’ season, as they now must avoid a second loss to the teams in the Tucson Regional to advance to the championship, where they could face the winner of the Chapel Hill Regional to advance to the Super Regional round. of the World Series.

A win for the Patriots would keep their season alive and move them into a third matchup against the loser of the game between West Virginia and Grand Canyon University, which will take place at 9:00 PM CT.

Dallas Baptist entered the postseason with a 44-13 record, including a 17-7 record against its Conference USA opponents.

Although Dallas Baptist finished behind Lousiana Tech in the standings based on their records, the Patriots defeated Lousiana Tech 17–10 on May 26 in the Conference USA Championship to win the conference title.

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