Dallas Baptist takes two from Redbirds at
Duffy Bass Field
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[April 08, 2014]
— Dallas Baptist (23-7, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) swept
Illinois State 2-1 and 9-1 Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field to
claim a Valley series. The Redbirds looked to salvage the finale Sunday
Game one recap
Justin Wall’s two-run home run in the fourth
inning was all the offense Dallas Baptist needed to defeat the
Redbirds 2-1 in game one. Dan Savas (7-1) allowed two runs on five
hits to suffer his first defeat over his last 18 decisions. Savas
struck out seven and walked two.
The Patriots loaded the bases with only one out in the first
inning, but Savas secured an inning-ending double play to close the
threat. The game remained 0-0 until the fourth inning. Daniel
Salters singled to right center to lead off the fourth inning, and
Wall powered a home run over the fence in right field to take an
early 2-0 lead.
The Redbirds scored their lone run in the seventh inning. With
two outs, Jack Czeszewski doubled to the alley. Dennis Colon then
walked, and they both advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. Czeszewski
then scored on another wild pitch to pull ISU within one. It’s as
close as the Redbirds would get.
In the ninth inning, Colon singled and Brock Stewart singled to
right field, advancing Colon to second. With runners at second and
third and one away, the Patriots struck out Dylan Johnson and Sean
Beesley to secure the 2-1 defeat.
Paul Voelker (5-2) earned the win. He allowed one run on four
hits in 6.2 innings of work. Brandon Koch (4) worked the final 2.1
innings for the save.
Game two recap
Dallas Baptist secured a pair of three-run innings en route to a
9-1 victory over Illinois State in game two. Jeremy Rhoades (2-3)
allowed seven runs, four earned, in six innings. He struck out eight
and walked three. Cy Sneed (5-1) earned the victory for DBU. The
right-hander allowed one run on five hits in six innings of work.
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K.J. Alexander scored on a wild pitch off Rhoades to give the
Patriots a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Dallas Baptist took
advantage of a throwing error by Rhoades to plate three in the
Mason Snyder opened the Redbird fifth inning with a hit-by-pitch
and later scored on Beesley’s run-scoring triple.
Dallas Baptist put the game away with three runs in the sixth
inning and one run each in the seventh and eighth frames.
(See the Sunday game report.)
news release received from
Illinois State University]