FORT WORTH, Texas - After a late night game that started late Saturday night and ended Sunday morning, the Central Connecticut State University baseball team was defeated by Dallas Baptist 6-5 in an elimination game Sunday afternoon at the Fort Worth Regional.
The Patriots (41-20) hit five home runs in the game, two by Austin Listi.
Bristol native Mitch Guilmette had RBI singles in the first and ninth innings for CCSU (36-22). T.T. Bowens also drove in two runs.
Dallas Baptist homered twice in the second, when Matt Duce’s solo shot tied the game 1-all before Camden Duzenack put them ahead to stay with a two-run shot, his 14th of the season.
Listi’s solo homers in the third and fifth gave him 24 for the season. Devlin Granberg went deep in the eighth.
DBU starter MD Johnson (6-1) struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings, and Seth Elledge went the rest of the way for his 13th save.
Blue Devils starter Mike Appel (4-4) allowed three homers that led to four runs.
The game was played less than 12 hours after host TCU opened its rain-delayed Fort Worth Regional with a 9-6 victory against CCSU.
Trailing 9-1, CCSU scored five runs in the ninth, capped by Dean Lockery’s two-run double, before Durbin Feltman came on and struck out Chris Kanios as the potential tying run to end the game at 1:12 a.m. local time (2:12 EDT).
Mitchell Traver allowed one hit in seven-plus innings for TCU, while Evan Skoug hit a three-run homer.
Skoug’s shot in a six-run eighth inning came early Sunday morning, after rain wiped out the opening day of the regional Friday and delayed by another four hours the start of the Virginia vs. Dallas Baptist game that opened the regional on Saturday.
Traver (4-1) had nine strikeouts with two walks.
His shutout ended when he walked Buddy Dewaine to start the eighth and reliever Cal Coughlin gave up an RBI double to Nick Landell.
Central Connecticut’s Brendan Smith (5-8) gave up four hits and three runs in six innings.
Berlin native Jared Gallagher gave up four earned runs on four hits as part of TCU’s big eighth inning.