Dallas Baptist Patriots
2024 Dallas Baptist Patriots baseball team
Overall record624–341
UniversityDallas Baptist University
Head coachDan Heefner (17th season)
ConferenceConference USA
LocationDallas, Texas
Home stadiumHorner Ballpark
(Capacity: 3,492)
ColorsRed, white, and blue[1]
NCAA regional champions
2011, 2021
NCAA Tournament appearances
2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
Conference tournament champions
2014, 2016, 2017, 2021
Regular season conference champions
2016, 2019, 2021, 2023

The Dallas Baptist Patriots baseball team represents Dallas Baptist University, which is located in Dallas, Texas. The Patriots are an NCAA Division I college baseball program that competes in Conference USA.[2] They began competing in Division I in 2004 and joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 2014 after only one season with the Western Athletic Conference. They are the only Dallas Baptist program in Division I and Conference USA. All other Dallas Baptist programs compete in Division II's Lone Star Conference. DBU is also the only D-II member that competes in D-I baseball.

The Dallas Baptist Patriots play all home games on campus at Joan and Andy Horner Ballpark. Under the direction of Head Coach Dan Heefner, the Patriots have played in nine NCAA tournaments and hosted their first regional in 2015. Over their six seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference, they have won three MVC regular season titles and four MVC tournaments.

Since the program's inception in 1970, 18 Patriots have gone on to play in Major League Baseball, highlighted by 3-time All-Stars Freddy Sanchez and Ben Zobrist. Under current head coach Dan Heefner, 52 Patriots have been drafted, including Vic Black who was selected in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

Conference membership history (Division I only)

Joan and Andy Horner Ballpark

Main article: Horner Ballpark

Joan and Andy Horner Ballpark is a baseball stadium on the Dallas Baptist campus in Dallas that seats 3,492 people. It was opened on February 15, 2013 with a 9–11 loss to Creighton. A record attendance of 3,242 was set on May 31, 2015 during an NCAA tournament game against Texas.[3]

Head coaches (Division I only)

Records taken from the 2020 DBU baseball media guide.[3]

Season Coach Years Record Pct.
2004 Mike Bard 1 44–16 .733
2005–2007 Eric Newman 3 95–72 .569
2008–present Dan Heefner 15 550–295–1 .651
Totals 3 coaches 19 seasons 699–383–1 .646

Year-by-year NCAA Division I results

Records taken from the 2020 DBU baseball media guide.[3]

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (2004–2012)
2004 Mike Bard 44–16
2005 Eric Newman 32–23
2006 Eric Newman 33–23
2007 Eric Newman 30–26
2008 Dan Heefner 37–19 College Station Regional
2009 Dan Heefner 38–17
2010 Dan Heefner 28–27
2011 Dan Heefner 42–20 Santa Clara Super Regional
2012 Dan Heefner 41–19 Waco Regional
Western Athletic Conference (2013)
2013 Dan Heefner 30–30 13–14 T-7th WAC Tournament
Missouri Valley Conference (2014–2022)
2014 Dan Heefner 40–21 14–7 T-2nd MVC Tournament
Fort Worth Regional
2015 Dan Heefner 46–15 15–6 2nd MVC Tournament
Dallas Regional
2016 Dan Heefner 44–19 15–5 1st MVC Tournament
Lubbock Regional
2017 Dan Heefner 42–21 15–6 2nd MVC Tournament
Fort Worth Regional
2018 Dan Heefner 42–21 16–5 2nd MVC Tournament
Fayetteville Regional
2019 Dan Heefner 43–20 14–7 T-1st MVC Tournament
Lubbock Regional
2020 Dan Heefner 12–4 Season cancelled on March 12
due to Coronavirus pandemic
2021 Dan Heefner 41-18 18-6 1st MVC Tournament
Columbia Super Regional
2022 Dan Heefner 34-24-1 11-9-1 3rd MVC Tournament
Austin Regional
Conference USA (2023–present)
2023 Dan Heefner 47-16 25-5 1st C-USA Tournament
Stillwater Regional
Total: 746–399-1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA Division I Tournament history

Year Record Pct Notes
2008 0–2 .000 Eliminated by UIC in College Station Regional
2011 3–3 .500 Eliminated by California in Santa Clara Super Regional
2012 2–2 .500 Eliminated by Baylor in Waco Regional
2014 0–2 .000 Eliminated by Siena in Fort Worth Regional
2015 3–2 .600 Eliminated by VCU in Dallas Regional
2016 3–2 .600 Eliminated by Texas Tech in Lubbock Regional
2017 2–2 .500 Eliminated by TCU in Fort Worth Regional
2018 2–2 .500 Eliminated by Arkansas in Fayetteville Regional
2019 2–2 .500 Eliminated by Texas Tech in Lubbock Regional
2021 4–3 .571 Eliminated by Virginia in Columbia Super Regional
2022 0–2 .000 Eliminated by Air Force in Austin Regional
2023 2–2 .500 Eliminated by Oral Roberts in Stillwater Regional
Totals 23–26 .469

Awards and honors (Division I only)


Year Position Name Team Selector
2006 OF Drew Holder 1st ABCA
2nd CB
2009 SS Ryan Goins 3rd BA
DH Jason Krizan 3rd ABCA
2010 OF Ryan Enos 3rd ABCA
2011 OF Jason Krizan 1st ABCA
2B Tyler Robbins 2nd ABCA
2012 OF Boomer Collins 3rd ABCA
SS Joel Hutter 2nd NCBWA
2013 3B Duncan McAlpine 3rd ABCA
2015 RP Chance Adams 2nd NCBWA
RP Brandon Koch 2nd CB
2016 UT Darick Hall 1st CB
2nd ABCA
SP Colin Poche 2nd CB
2017 1B Austin Listi 2nd CB
3rd ABCA
2018 RP Trevor Conn 3rd CB
OF Devlin Granberg 1st ABCA
2nd BA
2019 DH Bryce Ball 1st NCBWA
2nd ABCA
2023 RP Kyle Amendt 1st NCBWA
DH Ethan Mann 2nd CB
C Grant Jay 3rd NCBWA
SP Ryan Johnson 3rd NCBWA

Freshman First-Team All-Americans

Year Position Name Selector
2007 SS Austin Knight CB
2008 RP Chris Haney CB
2010 SS Austin Elkins CB
DH Duncan McAlpine CB
2013 OF Austin Listi CB
2014 2B Camden Duzenack CB
OF David Martinelli CB
2015 RP Dalton Higgins CB
2016 OF Jameson Hannah CB
2018 SP Luke Eldred CB
SS Jimmy Glowenke BA

Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year

Year Position Name
2016 UT Darick Hall
2018 OF Devlin Granberg

Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Year Position Name
2017 IF Camden Duzenack
2018 SS Jimmy Glowenke

Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year

Year Handedness Name
2016 Left Colin Poche
2018 Right Trevor Conn

Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year

Year Name
2016 Dan Heefner

Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year

Year Position Name
2016 UT Darick Hall
2018 RP Kody Funderburk

Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year

Year Position Name
2016 OF Jameson Hannah
2018 SS Jimmy Glowenke

Taken from the 2020 DBU baseball media guide.[3] Updated February 25, 2020.

Patriots in the Major Leagues

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer
Athlete Years in MLB MLB Teams
Les Lancaster 1987–1993 Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals
Billy Brewer 1993–1999 Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies
Darren Hall 1994–1998 Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason LaRue 1999–2010 Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
Scott Mullen 2000–2003 Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers
J. J. Trujillo 2002 San Diego Padres
Freddy Sanchez 2002–2011 Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants
Lew Ford 2003–2007, 2012 Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles
Ben Zobrist 2006–present Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs
Brandon Harper 2006 Washington Nationals
Lance Broadway 2007–2009 Chicago White Sox, New York Mets
Brandon Bantz 2013 Seattle Mariners
Vic Black 2013–2014 Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets
Ryan Goins 2013–present Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox
Drew Smith 2018–present New York Mets
Chance Adams 2018–present New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals
Colin Poche 2019–present Tampa Bay Rays
Cy Sneed 2019–2020 Houston Astros
Seth Elledge 2020-Present St. Louis Cardinals

Taken from the 2020 DBU baseball media guide.[3] and the 2021 DBU baseball media guide [5] Updated June 9, 2021.

See also


  1. ^ "DBU vs. Louisiana–Monroe Baseball Game Notes" (PDF). February 17, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dallas Baptist University Added as Affiliate Member for Baseball" (Press release). Conference USA. April 22, 2022. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "DBU Baseball Media Guide". Archived from the original on February 18, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "NCAA & DBU COVID-19 Updates". Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "2021 DBU Baseball Media Guide" (PDF).