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Dallas Baptist has flown under the college baseball radar for years. However, the Patriots continue to have success year in and year out.

The Pats are a Division I baseball program, where the rest of the university’s athletic programs are Division II. In 2008, Dallas Baptist made the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time. They are accustomed to playing tough competition and holding their own.

This year they came out of the gates strong, sweeping cross-town rival UT-Arlington. Their first loss of the season was 7-2 to then number one Texas in Austin. They suffered their first home loss of the season to 15th ranked Oklahoma 8-4 on Tuesday. Despite these setbacks the Pats are still a decent 7-5 on the season.

The team is well rounded offensively. 5 starters are hitting .300 or better this season, led by junior Tyler Robbins at .479. Freshman Duncan McAlpine leads the team with 4 homers and 16 RBI’s. During the past off-season, head coach Dan Heefner signed Coppell standout Austin Elkins to bolster the infield.

The pitching isn’t bad either. Brandon Williamson is having an outstanding year to this point. The junior righty is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings.

Dallas Baptist is relatively unknown to those outside the baseball world, but they have the attention of everyone on their schedule. Make no mistake, when you play the Pats you better bring your “A” game.

Written by C. James


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