After a four-run third inning, UT Arlington held a lead over 11th-ranked Dallas Baptist. A fourth win over a Top 25 team this year appeared within reach.
Instead, that just irritated the powerful Patriots’ lineup that didn’t start a single player hitting below .280.
Dallas Baptist belted out 10 hits and scored 11 unanswered runs over the next two innings and coasted to a 12-6 win Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark to extend its win streak to eight games.
“We worked our tails off to get four runs in that inning, and they just got five back pretty easily,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “That was pretty demoralizing.”
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UTA’s first visit to the newly renovated ballpark perked up in the third inning on two singles and a double down the line that drove DBU starter Gavin Fritz from the game.
When Chance Adams came on in relief, he walked Levi Scott and lost an 11-pitch battle with Jackson Morris, who doubled in two more runs for a 4-0 lead. But it only lasted for one out.
Dallas Baptist (37-9) loaded the bases on a single and two walks when Justin Wall, Daniel Salters and Tagg Duce drove in five runs on three straight ropes to the outfield to take the lead.
The Patriots scored six more runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-4 lead and put the game out of reach.
“You can’t give up 11 runs in the third and fourth inning and expect to win a game,” Thomas said. “That’s one of the best offenses I’ve seen.”
The Mavericks (20-27) cut into the lead with a couple of runs in the sixth inning, but never mounted a serious comeback.