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2024 Frisco Classic Day One Recap



FRISCO, Texas (March 1, 2024) – Day one of the 2024 Frisco Classic hosted two very different games as DBU dropped Arizona 4-3 in a low-scoring affair before Alabama hammered Indiana 12-0 in the finale on Friday night from Riders Field. 


GAME ONE: DBU vs Arizona


Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, DBU (9-0) mounted their comeback, starting when Luke Heefner scored from third on a wild pitch to knot the game up. With Heefner on third, Michael Dattalo then grounded a ball to second to plate him and give the Patriots the decisive lead, 4-3. 


Though he ended the game with a no-decision, DBU starter Ryan Johnson stole the show early, striking out a career-high 14 over 6.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits with just one walk. 


To start the scoring, DBU jumped on the board early with a pair of homers. Alex Pendergast began the game with a leadoff solo blast and Ethan Mann followed with a second-inning shot to put the Patriots up 2-0. 


Arizona (4-5) then answered back to take the lead in the third when Garen Caufield laced an RBI single up the middle and Mason White then hammered a two-run home run to trampoline the Wildcats on top 3-2. 


DBU outhit Arizona 13-9, but went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Mann led the way with three hits, including his home run, but Heefner, Pendergast, and Miguel Santos all had two hits as well. 


For the Wildcats, Brendan Summerhill, Caulfield, and Easton Breyfogle all had two-hit games. 


River Ridings (1-0) earned the win for DBU with 0.2 scoreless frames while Nick Wilson collected the save, tossing 1.2 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts. 


Eric Orloff (1-1) was handed the loss for Arizona, allowing both runs in the eighth inning. 


GAME TWO: Alabama vs Indiana


The Crimson Tide (10-0) started early and never looked back on Friday night, beginning with a five-run first inning. Ian Petrutz started the scoring with an RBI single before Will Hodo’s two-run double and Mac Guscette’s two-RBI single ballooned the lead to 5-0. 


After a pair of scoreless frames offensively, the Tide exploded for seven more runs in the fourth. Petrutz drove in two more with a double and Evan Sleight blew the game open with a 427-foot, three-run home run to right, making it 10-0. A wild pitch and a sac fly brought in the next and final two runs for Alabama. 


On the hill, Ben Hess (3-0) looked every bit of a Friday Night Starter, going 5.0 innings, allowing just one hit while walking one and whiffing 10 batters on 71 pitches. Coulson Buchanan threw the last two innings, striking out three in relief. 


Josh Pyne had the lone hit for Indiana (6-3) with a solid single into centerfield in the fifth. 


Brayden Risedorph (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Hoosiers lasting just one inning in his start. 


Saturday, March 2nd Schedule:


Indiana vs. DBU, 12:00 p.m.


Arizona vs. Alabama, 4:00 p.m.


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