Dallas Baptist University hit four home runs in a five-run third inning to erase a four-run deficit, then piled on 10 more runs an inning later to bury Oral Roberts University 18-9 Saturday afternoon in an elimination game at the Fayetteville Regional.
The third-seeded Patriots (41-20), who were shut out 9-0 in Friday’s opening round, stayed alive in the four-team, double-elimination regional at Baum Stadium. Dallas Baptist will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday the loser of Saturday’s winner’s bracket game between host and top-seeded University of Arkansas and second-seeded University of Southern Mississippi.
Fourth-seeded Oral Roberts (38-20) saw its baseball season come to a close in Fayetteville, Ark., for a second consecutive season.
The Golden Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, but in the bottom of the inning, the Patriots got solo homer runs from right fielder Devlin Granberg (12th), shortstop Jimmy Glowenke (10th) and second baseman Luke Bandy (fourth) and a two-run shot from third baseman Tim Millard to take a 5-4.
Dallas Baptist seized control of the game, cracking out seven hits and scoring 10 times in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Oral Roberts came back in the top of the fifth with five runs on a three-run home run from first baseman Spencer Henson and a two-run shot from catcher Riley Keizor. It was the third home run in two regional games for Keizor, who hit two solo shots against Arkansas ace Blaine Knight Friday.
But the Golden Eagles would get no closer than 15-9 and Dallas Baptist added two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth inning for the final score.
Granberg, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, had four more hits Saturday and is 7-for-9 in two regional games. Saturday, he drove in three runs and scored four times.
Glowenke and Millard each drove in four runs with two hits apiece. Center fielder Jameson Hannah had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice, while designated hitter Garrett Wolforth also had three hits and scored three times.
DBU’s Luke Bandy, who had missed the Patriots’ past four games with a banged up hand, returned to the lineup and drove in two runs with two hits and scored three runs.
For Oral Roberts, designated hitter Noah Cummings, second baseman Nick Roark, center fielder Trevor McCutchin and Henson each had two of the Golden Eagles’ 12 hits. Henson drove in four runs and Cummings scored twice.
DBU reliever Jarod Bayless (3-3) picked up the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
ORU starter Miguel Ausua (8-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
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