No. 3 Dallas Baptist took down No. 6 Missouri State, 3-2, on a walk-off home run by the Patriots’ Drew Turbin in the 10th inning at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Terre Haute, IN. The homer completed a comeback win for DBU, a team that has won six of the seven meetings with Missouri State this season.
Patriots’ junior Cy Sneed pitched nine innings, allowing two unearned runs, while matching a season-high with eight strikeouts. Missouri State (23-30) got on the board in the third inning with a pair of runs. A Nash Knight throwing error at third put lead-off man, Blake Graham, on first to start the inning. After a Joey Hawkins sacrifice bunt, Tate Matheny lifted a fly ball to deep right that David Martinelli lost in the sun, allowing Matheny to cruise into second with a double and Graham advance to third. A Patrick Drake sacrifice fly to right plated the game’s first run, followed by a Dylan Becker single to right that scored Matheny.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third, Knight doubled to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Turbin put Knight on third with one out. Mike Wesolowski’s ground ball to the right side brought Knight in to put the Patriots on the board.
Starting in the fourth inning, Sneed settled into a groove, retiring a string a 14 batters in a row.
In the bottom half of the eighth, DBU had a runner on second and Daniel Salters ripped a pitch up the middle, where Missouri State second baseman, Aaron Meyer, fielded the ball cleanly, but a late throw was wide of the bag allowing the tying run to score. With one out in the bottom of the tenth, Turbin hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right field, sending the Patriots out of the dugout to congratulate Turbin as he crossed the plate.
The Bears face Bradley this morning in a must-win game.