First baseman Austin Listi hit two of Dallas Baptist’s five home runs in a 6-5 victory against Central Connecticut State on Sunday that kept the Patriots alive in the Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium.
Listi, a senior from Huffman, extended his school career record with his 50th and 51st home runs. They were his 21st and 22nd of the season.
The Patriots also got home runs from left fielder Devlin Granberg, designated hitter Matt Duce and shortstop Camden Duzenack — who saved a run with a stop behind second base in the sixth inning in a 5-4 game — putting them at 92 for the season.
DBU (41-20) advanced to play the TCU-Virginia loser. That game was postponed until 9 p.m. Sunday after heavy rains in the afternoon further soaked Lupton Stadium. Dallas Baptist’s next game was pushed back to 2 p.m. Monday, but more rain is in the forecast.
Central Connecticut State (36-22) bowed out after two losses, including 9-6 on Saturday to TCU.
“We got the runs to win the game, but I thought we made two big defensive plays in a one-run game — the first inning, the second baseman made a play that saved a run, and Camden made a great play that saved a run,” Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner said. “It was great to see those.”
Three different players homered for the Patriots on Saturday against Virginia.
“I made some mistakes today, which cost me,” Central Connecticut State freshman pitcher Ryan Grant said after pitching five innings in relief. “But it’s all in a learning experience. When the time comes next time, I’ll learn from those two pitches that cost me two runs.”
Third baseman Ryan Costello had three hits for CCSU, which out-hit Dallas Baptist 12-6 but left 10 on base, including the tying run at third in the ninth inning.
Seth Elledge pitched 2 2/3 innings for his 13th save.
“It’s going to hurt a little bit, but we’re always going to remember coming out and having a wonderful time playing at TCU,” CCSU coach Charlie Hickey said. “It’s what the college experience is all about. Sure, we wish we could have won a game or two, but the fact that we played this well at this high a level is something that this program will build on for years to come.”