Dallas Baptist at Texas - May 14, 2005
Dallas Baptist came to town for a double-header yesterday. We were all wondering how the Horns would hold up against a team that has such a strong offense. 'Turns out, they did pretty well...winning both games in the waning innings.
In the first game, DBU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st. But, the Horns held them scoreless for the remainder of the game and came out on top 9-2. The Horns had two particularly sweet scores in the game. In the second inning, trailing 1-2, Nick Peoples reached and moved to 2b on a 1-out error by the DBU second baseman. He advanced to 3b on a long fly ball (out) to cf by David Maroul. Then, on the third pitch to Carson Kainer, he stole home plate! It was awfully pretty. The DBU pitcher was just getting into his wind-up as Nick broke hard. Nick was more than half-way home by the time the pitcher saw him and it was already over at that point. If the pitcher broke his motion to throw to the catcher more quickly, he'd be charged with a balk and Nick would score. So, he continued. Carson stepped to the side and out of the way, and Nick slid across the plate and easily beat the pitch to tie the game up. [Sweet score #1.] Things stayed tied until the 8th inning. DBU's starter (Randall Taylor) was replaced as the Horns' half of the inning started. He'd done a very good job, giving up 2 runs (1 unearned) on 7 hits, while striking out three and walking three. But, he'd thrown around 115 pitches so I'm sure the DBU coaches thought it was best to replace him. And, it looked like a good decision at first. The reliever (Rodney Brantley) struck Chance Wheeless out. He then walked Taylor Teagarden. But, then he struck Will Crouch out. So, with two outs and a runner at 1b, things didn't seem so bad. Taylor advanced to 2b on a passed ball during Nick Peoples' at-bat. Nick ended up walking to put runners at 1st and 2nd. And, the runners managed a double steal on the second pitch to David Maroul. On the third pitch, David hit a short fly ball to lf. The left fielder for DBU (Sean Burgess) made a great effort and dove for the ball, hoping to kill the rally. Alas, he missed the ball and it rolled all the way to the outfield wall. And, David scored on an in-the-park homerun (driving in Taylor and Nick along the way). [Sweet score #2.] The homerun was followed by two singles (Carson Kainer and Robby Hudson) and a triple (Drew Stubbs). DBU then changed pitchers (Ricky Sparks). Sparks walked Seth Johnston on 4 pitches and allowed Drew to score on a wild pitch. He then gave up a double to Chance Wheeless (who, if you'll remember struck out to start the inning) which scored Johnston. The inning finally came to a close when Taylor Teagarden struck out looking.
DBU actually made things a wee bit interesting in the top of the 9th by getting runners at 1st and 2nd with one out. But the 4th and 5th batters of the inning struck out looking to end the game.
DBU went down in order to start the game. In the home half of the 1st, Texas scored one to take an early lead. Robby Hudson led things off and was hit hard in the shin/calf area by the second pitch he saw. He moved to 2b on a bunt single by Drew Stubbs. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt by Seth Johnston. And, Robby scored on a sac fly by Taylor Teagarden to cf. Will Crouch was then hit by a pitch (nearly identical to the pitch that hit Robby). But, David Maroul flew out to cf to end the inning. In the second inning, with two outs, Carson Kainer reached on an error. He then moved to 2b on a single by Robby Hudson. And, both runners advanced on a double steal with Drew Stubbs at the plate. Alas, Drew struck out looking and the Horns' bats were quiet from that point until the 7th inning, with the exception of a single by Will Crouch in the 3rd. We noticed, though, that Robby seemed to be limping a bit. He went out onto the field in the top of the 4th but ended up coming off and being replaced by Clay Van Hook before the first DBU batter came to the plate. He was clearly in quite a bit of pain...presumably due to the pitch that hit him in the 1st inning.
DBU tied things up in the 5th. Randy Boone (who'd faced only one batter over the minimum going into the 5th) walked the lead-off batter (Israel Victor). Randy then gave up a single, moving Victor to 2b. Victor moved to 3b on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Matt Tucker. At that point, Texas sent Buck Cody in to pitch. Buck struck out the first batter he saw on three pitches (called strikeout) and got the next batter to fly out to cf for the third out.
In the 6th, the first DBU batter grounded out to 1b. Buck Cody walked the next two, but he struck out the 4th batter of the inning. With runners at 1b and 2b, and a right-handed batter due up, the Horns sent Clayton Stewart in to pitch. Clayton gave up a run-scoring single to the first batter he saw but struck out the next guy to end the rally. DBU up, 2-1.
Adrian Alaniz came on to pitch the 7th and the batters went down in order.
Bottom of the 7th. Peoples, Wheeless, Kainer, and Van Hook were due up. Nick Peoples walked. Chance Wheeless reached on a bunt single. Runners at 1st and 2nd, no outs. DBU quickly changed their pitcher which, frankly, seemed a bit odd to me. The DBU starter (Barrett Pliler) seemed to be going along just fine to that point. Yes, he was in a bit of trouble, but he'd held the Horns scoreless since the 1st and seemed to be pretty much in command. And, by my count, he'd only thrown 70 pitches. But, what do I know? So, in came Stuart Sutherland to take over the pitching duties. Carson Kainer reached on an error by 3b. He was trying to move the runners over with a sac bunt but the third baseman had troubles and the bases ended up loaded with no outs. Clay Van Hook came up for his second at-bat of the game. He smacked the first pitch he saw through the hole between ss and 3b. Peoples and Wheeless scored. We were excited because the Horns had gone ahead but suddenly, things got rather confusing. The players were celebrating as though the game was over. What? The game's over? Okay. The guys on the radio were also taken by surprise but announced that the teams had agreed ahead of time that the second game would be a 7-inning game. Whew. Knowing that also made the decision to change the pitcher a little bit easier to understand. Since DBU knew they were down to their last three outs, they knew they had to shut things down. 'Course, it didn't work out the way they wanted. But, I could better understand the reasoning behind yanking the starter.
It would've been nice of the folks in charge to have let us know about the 7-inning thing at some point during the game. But, the announcer was not the usual guy. He was, in fact, pretty bad. He spoke way too quickly and was very difficult to understand. I guess it's tough for people who don't do that sort of thing very much to realize how slowly they have to speak in order to be understood over the loud speakers. He read the line-ups before the first game much too quickly. I barely got positions and numbers written down. There was no chance at all to catch any names. And, he never gave us a lineup at all for the Horns in the second game. It wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that the new scoreboard isn't fully functional so we had no hope of getting help there. Oh well. The Horns won and all was right with things at Disch-Falk in the end!
I took my camera so I could get a couple of shots of the new scoreboard. So, here are a couple of photos.
Up first, a shot of Robby Hudson stepping gingerly on his injured leg after the
The guys during the "Eyes of Texas" after the second game:
And, a shot of the scoreboard at the conclusion of the 2nd game: