Dahl's Drive Does It For SAU Against OBU In Inaugural GAC Baseball Championship

by SAU sports information  on Monday, May. 7, 2012 10:44 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

ENID, Okla. – Southern Arkansas senior right fielder Jason Dahl hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Southern Arkansas the inaugural Great American Conference baseball championship in a 4-3 victory over Ouachita Baptist Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

OBU forced a second game with an early, 4-3, victory Monday, but the Tigers needed two victories to make it through the loser's bracket of the double elimination tournament. OBU led 3-1 after three innings, but SAU (36-15) scratched its way back, getting a run in the fifth and another in the ninth to send it to extra innings.

Dahl, of Batesville, was the only Southern Arkansas player with multiple hits with three and was a triple shy of the cycle while driving in the tying run in the ninth with a double. He drove in the Muleriders’ run in the second, and drove in three runs total, including the game-winner.

Junior closer Justin Thomas (5-2) pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief for the win, setting a school record with his 25th appearance of the season. He held OBU (30-26) hitless while striking out six and walking two.

First baseman Brock Green, who led the Tigers with two hits and three RBI, gave them a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single.

Dahl’s single evened it in the second but Green gave OBU the 3-1 lead with a two-run triple in the third inning.

SAU cut it to 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI double off the video scoreboard from senior first baseman David Allday.

Dahl’s RBI double in the ninth then sent it to extra innings before his homer in the 11th won it.

Davis Ward (6-6) took the loss, throwing 5 1/3 innings in relief. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The victory gave Southern Arkansas both the GAC regular season and tournament championships, and its second consecutive conference title and third in the past four years. The Muleriders won the Gulf South Conference championship in 2009 and last year.

The Muleriders now wait to see if they’ll receive a bid to the South Central region tournament. They are ranked fifth in the region, with the final poll to be released Wednesday.



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