DALLAS — The Dallas Baptist baseball team built a lead with three home runs, and its bullpen made it stand up by throwing three hitless innings for a 5-4 nonconference victory over 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark.
Boulware hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Dallas Baptist (13-3) a 3-0 lead. Bryce Ball and Blayne Jones added back-to-back homers in the sixth off Bryce Miller to make it 5-1.
A&M (15-4) pulled within a run with three runs in the seventh as the first five batters reached against Jarod Bayless. Bryce Blaum and Blake Shewmake had RBI singles sandwiched around Ty Coleman reaching on an error by Dallas Baptist third baseman Jackson Glenn that also allowed a run to score. A&M had runners on the corners with no outs when Dallas Baptist brought in reliever Kragen Kechely, who induced Mikey Hoehner into a fielder’s choice groundball with the Patriots throwing out Coleman at home plate. Kechely struck out Logan Foster and got Will Frizzell to fly out.
“That was the ballgame right there,” Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner said. “Super job by Kragen, and Burl [Carraway] was outstanding again at the end.”
Kechely retired the side in order in the eighth, striking out two. Carraway, a sophomore, earned his first save of the season with a perfect ninth, getting a groundout and two strikeouts. The left-hander played at A&M Consolidated.
A crowd of 2,047, the largest regular-season crowd in stadium history, watched the Patriots win their eighth straight for their longest winning streak since 2015.
Dallas Baptist starter MacGregor Hines, who played at College Station, threw two scoreless innings to earn the victory. Hines (1-0), a junior right-hander, struck out three and walked one, allowing two hits.
The Patriot pitchers struck out 12 and walked two while the Aggie hurlers struck out 15, walking two. A&M, though, had allowed only six home runs in its first 18 games, but Dallas Baptist has hit at least three homers in four of its last five games.
A&M starter Chandler Jozwiak (2-1) took the loss, allowing one run in three innings, which came on an RBI single by Luke Bandy in the second.
A&M had nine hits but only one extra-base hit, an RBI double by Frizzell in the sixth. Blaum, Foster and Ty Condel each had two hits for A&M, which went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
A&M will open Southeastern Conference play this weekend at home against top-ranked Vanderbilt. The opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday followed by games at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Blue Bell Park.