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Monday, August 20, 2012 | Baseball
Dallas Baptist Added as Baseball Affiliate Member in 2014
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Valley Conference has added Dallas Baptist University as an affiliate member in the sport of baseball and DBU will be eligible to compete for the league’s automatic NCAA bid beginning in 2014, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. The league’s President’s Council affirmed a recommendation to extend an invitation to Dallas Baptist for baseball affiliate membership, effective 2014 season, for multi-year inclusion (six years).
The league previously entered into a “scheduling agreement” with Dallas Baptist during the 2012 season, playing three-game series against seven of the eight Valley baseball schools. As last season showed, the addition of the Patriots in baseball gives the league a significant boost, helping Valley schools build an impressive strength of schedule and conference RPI. The league finished the 2012 season ranked No. 6 in the RPI, including five schools in the top-85, helping two teams earn NCAA at-large berths. Last season Dallas Baptist earned a third-straight NCAA Tournament bid, finishing the season with a 41-19 record and a final RPI of 23. The Patriots went 14-7 against MVC schools in 2012.
In 2011, the Patriots were again selected as an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. They defeated Oklahoma, TCU, and Oral Roberts to win the Fort Worth Regional Championship. This allowed the Patriots to move along The Road to Omaha where they faced the University of California in the Santa Clara Super Regional. With all games broadcast nationally on ESPN, Dallas Baptist took another step forward as a top program in NCAA Division I baseball.
For the third-straight season, Dallas Baptist was selected as an at-large team for the NCAA Tournament in 2012 after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 41-19 and a RPI of 23. The Patriots were a part of the Waco Regional where they defeated Texas-Arlington and Oral Roberts, before falling to host and regional champion Baylor.
Dallas Baptist recently unveiled plans for the upgrade to its current facility, Patriot Field, which will remain in its current location with the new ballpark, Dallas Baptist Patriot Ballpark, built up around it. Current plans include a brick façade that matches the current Georgian architectural-style of the buildings on campus, club seating, a state-of-the-art press box, two radio booths, a TV booth, and guest suites. Coaches' offices and a reception area will also be added alongside new dugouts and enhanced field lighting.
Construction is already underway on the 2,000-seat capacity facility and the project is scheduled to be completed before opening day in February of 2013.
Dallas Baptist is a private Christian university located in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1898, the university has a current (fall of 2011) enrollment of 5,545. The Patriots sponsor 14 sports, and with the exception of baseball, compete at the Division II level in the Heartland Conference.