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May 22, 2014

MVC Tournament: Koch does job to give Dallas Baptist short Thursday

Patriots move to 2-0 in MVC Tournament

TERRE HAUTE — Dallas Baptist and Bradley had to endure a very long Wednesday at Bob Warn Field in the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tourmanent before the game was postponed to Thursday in the seventh inning due to thunderstorms.

With the winner of the resumed game not playing until Friday, the mission was to have as short a Thursday as possible. Dallas Baptist reliever Brandon Koch made it so for the Patriots.

Koch worked the remaining 2 2/3 innings of the resumed game and kept the Braves at bay as Dallas Baptist improved to 2-0 in the tournament with a 6-5 victory.

DBU, playing in its first MVC Tournament, will play either Missouri State or Bradley at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

For Koch, it was business as usual. He owns a 0.49 ERA, and aside from a leadoff single by Spencer Gaa that scored Chris Godinez, who was on third when the game was stopped Thursday, he allowed no other Braves to get on-base. He struck out four. He's struck out 62 batters this season in 37 innings of work.

"I've done a lot one out and two out closes this year. We wanted to get through today so we could play tomorrow," Koch said.

Gaa's single made it 6-5, but the only nervous moment for Koch was a towering long ball hit by Greg Partyka in the eighth that just barely drifted foul to right field.

Koch, a sophomore, continually kept the Braves off-balance.

"I really think my best pitch is my slider. I throw it a lot and I'm able to control it. That's what I go-to when its tight," Koch said.

DBU stayed unbeaten in the tournament despite a poor defensive performance. The Patriots carried four errors from Wednesday night into Thursday. DBU coach Dan Heefner knew the Patriots got away with not playing their best.

"One thing we've seen with our team is we don't have any stars on our team. At times, its been our offense, pitching or defense," Heefner said. "Our defense last night was very sloppy, but to be a good team, you pick each other up. We have to put together more of a complete game to win the tournament."

 On Thursday, DBU (38-18) was ahead 1-0 four pitches into the game as Drew Turbin hit a home run to right field. Bradley answered in its half of the first after Max Murphy reached on a Turbin error and scored on a Partyka sacrifice fly.

Bradley (24-26) took the lead in the second thanks to horror show defense by DBU.

With Evan Gruener on second, Isaac Smith reached base on a throwing error by DBU third baseman Nash Knight. Gruener then scored on a throwing error by DBU first baseman Mike Wesolowski, who was trying to throw out Gruener at third. Smith went all the way to third on the play and scored on a Godinez sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.

The good times didn't last for the Braves. Making up for their combined E5-E3 error, Knight tripled and was driven in by Wesolowski to make it 3-2. Two batters later, DBU catcher Daniel Salters hit a towering home run to right to put the Patriots in front 4-3.

Dallas Baptist switched tack in the fourth as David Martinelli was sacrificed to second on a R.J. Talamantes walk and scored on a Camden Duzenack single to take a 5-3 lead. In the sixth, Duzenack singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on a fielder's choice to make it 6-3.

Bradley got a run back in the bottom of the seventh. With Smith aboard, Godinez tripled past leaping DBU right fielder Martinelli on a ball that just drew chalk on the foul line.

It was a dramatic last act before a lightning delay and subsequent thunderstorm halted the game at approximately 11:30 p.m.

DALLAS BAPTIST (AB-R-H-BI) -- Turbin 2b 4-1-1-1, Wesolowski 1b 4-1-1-1, Listi cf 5-0-0-0, Salters c 4-1-1-2, Wall lf 4-0-1-0, Martinelli rf 3-1-0-0, Talamantes dh 3-0-0-0, Duzenack ss 4-1-4-1, Knight 3b 4-1-1-1. TOTALS 35-6-9-6.

BRADLEY (AB-R-H-BI) -- Godinez 2b 2-2-1-2, Gaa 3b 3-0-2-1, Murphy rf 4-0-0-0, Partyka dh 3-0-1-1, Leffler ss 2-0-1-0, Carlile 1b 4-0-0-0, Gruener lf 3-1-0-0, Jarvis c 2-0-0-0, Smith cf 4-2-0-0. TOTALS 27-5-5-4.

Dallas Baptist=103=101=000=--=6


E -- Knight 2, Turbin, Wesolowski; Jarvis 2, Leffler. DP -- DBU 3. LOB -- DBU 7, BU 4. 3B -- Knight; Godinez; HR -- Turbin, Salters. S -- Talamantes; Gaa, Jarvis. SF -- Godinez, Partyka. SB -- Duzenack 2, Wall; Leffler. CS -- Gaa.

Dallas Baptist


Voelker (W, 9-4)=6 1/3=4=5=2=2=0

Koch (SV, 9)=2 2/3=1=0=0=0=4



Adkins (L, 1-3)=4 2/3=7=5=5=2=8

Stong=2 1/3=1=1=0=1=4


WP -- Voelker; Adkins. HBP -- by Adkins (Turbin); by Voelker 2 (Leffler, Jarvis); by Koch (Leffler). T -- 2:35.

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