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 Patriots are coached by Dan Heefner, an original member of Ed Servais' staff at Creighton in the 2004 season.
“There’s no question that
Dallas Baptist University is a premier power in Division I baseball,”
states Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Their addition to our conference as an
affiliate member in baseball will strengthen our position in the
national landscape, and we’re excited to commit to one another for a
lengthy term. The Missouri Valley Conference has a rich tradition in
baseball, and the addition of Dallas Baptist will make us stronger.”
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.
addition of Dallas Baptist will increase league membership in baseball
to nine schools, as the Patriots join Bradley, Creighton, Evansville,
Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and
Wichita State as members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The MVC last
had nine baseball teams in 2009, when UNI dropped its program. There
are currently no plans in place to expand the baseball championship
format beyond eight teams (all eight MVC teams currently qualify for the
conference baseball tournament).
Dallas Baptist has enjoyed a
long, storied tradition of winning baseball with 33 consecutive winning
seasons. As a past NAIA member, DBU qualified for 10 NAIA World Series
tournaments between 1984-2002, and was ranked in the top 10 for 16
consecutive seasons, including finishing twice as National
Champion-Runner Up (1985 and 2000). The Patriots won back-to-back
National Christian College Athletic Association World Series in 2003 and
In its seven years of active membership at the NCAA
Division I level and competing as an Independent, Dallas Baptist has a
record of 249-151 and, in 2008, just its third year as a Division I
member, received an at-large berth to the College Station NCAA Regional
(No. 2 seed), after finishing the regular season with a 37-17 record and
the 29th best RPI in the country. Dallas Baptist became the first
Independent team to make a NCAA Regional other than Miami since 1992.
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
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
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