The DBU Patriots keep the faith

Photos by Grant Meeks

One needn’t travel far to see world-class college sports in Oak Cliff. The Dallas Baptist University Patriots baseball team has been in the NCAA Division I for nine years. Last year, the team ended its season one game away from the College World Series. This team is more than a group of talented athletes, though. They’re also a bunch of guys serving Christ. All DBU sports teams take a mission trip every three years. In 2011, the baseball team spent several weeks in the Dominican Republic, teaching baseball clinics and spreading the word of God. “Our No. 1 goal isn’t always winning. Our No. 1 goal is to glorify God,” says junior second-baseman Austin Elkins. “It lets you not be so focused on results but how you go about your business, and ultimately, glorifying God with your actions.”

Take me out to the ballgame

The DBU Patriots have four home games in May:

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. vs. University of Texas at Arlington

Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. vs. University of Evansville

Tuesday, May 8, 3 p.m. vs. Texas Tech University

Tuesday, May 15, 4 p.m. vs. Oklahoma State University

They play at Patriot Field, on the DBU campus, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the box office on game days.