The series: 7 tonight, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday
Probable rotations: DBU, RH Brandon Williamson (7-4, 5.40 ERA); LH Ryan Millard (4-1, 5.01), TBA. WSU, RH Jordan Cooper (8-2, 1.61), RH Tim Kelley (9-2, 4.00), LH Charlie Lowell (2-2, 4.23)
* Dallas Baptist has won four of its past six after Tuesday's 6-2 loss at Baylor. This is the season-ending series for the Patriots, who are an NCAA Division I independent. They played 12 of their past 16 games on the road including a loss at Oklahoma and winning one of three in series at Fresno State and Texas A&M. They also own a 7-6 win at Rice and lost two of three at Evansville.
* Former WSU pitcher/outfielder Travis Wyckoff is associate head coach for the Patriots. Coach Dan Heefner and Wyckoff worked together at Creighton.
* Dallas Baptist OF Ryan Enos leads the team with a .405 batting average, a .752 slugging percentage and 18 home runs. The Patriots total 81 home runs, with DH Duncan McAlpine adding 12 and LF Jason Krizan 10.
* Lowell will make his first start since April 4 at Evansville. He left that game with forearm tightness and didn't pitch until Sunday, when he threw two innings in relief. Expect Lowell to be limited to around 50-55 pitches on Saturday. Coaches had planned to throw Lowell in relief again this week. His progress sped up that timetable. "He's closer to being ready to help us and we need to set the tone in the game," coach Gene Stephenson said. "My only concern, frankly, is his stamina and conditioning."
* Stephenson expects Erik Harbutz, who missed the past four games with a sports hernia, to be able to play this week. That means Harbutz, Nate Goro and Chris O'Brien could see action at third base. Goro usually starts against left-handers. Harbutz hits best against right-handers. O'Brien, a starter at catcher part of this season, is the best hitter of the bunch, but the weakest defender. "When you're blessed with a lot more choices, it makes decisions a lot tougher," Stephenson said. "But I like our chances, both in this series and in the conference tournament, because we have given a lot of different guys a chance to develop."
* One of those players who made the most of an opportunity is senior Clint McKeever, who drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit on Tuesday against Oral Roberts. Stephenson subbed him for left-hander Ryan Jones to face a lefty. When ORU went to a right-hander, it didn't bother Stephenson. "The guy who's been making the best passes at the ball in batting practice and in pinch-hitting situations was Clint McKeever," Stephenson said. "I told him, 'This guy is going to come in and come right after you. All you have to do is do what you've always done in BP and you'll hit him hard.' And he hit him hard." McKeever's groundball up the middle scored Goro from second to give WSU a 7-6 win in 10 innings.