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UT Tyler selected to host NCAA DIII West Baseball Regional

Friday, January 6, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler has been selected to host the 2017 NCAA Division III West Regional Baseball Championship at Irwin Field.

The six-team tournament will be played from May 18-22 with the winner advancing to the NCAA DIII College World Series at the Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Patriots have advanced to six regional tournaments in program history, including the past two seasons. UT Tyler hosted the 2015 NCAA DIII West Regional before it was hosted in Spokane, Washington last season.

“We are extremely excited to get the news that we will be hosting a regional,” UT Tyler head coach Brent Porche said. “It’s great for our program and would give us an advantage to be able to play at home. It speaks volumes about the way UT Tyler has built its athletics program. Dr. Mabry, Dr. Patterson and the Irwins have put in a lot of time to our facilities and people see how great they are where we can host national tournaments. We are excited and can’t wait to get the chance to get back on the field and do some work so that we can make sure we are playing in that regional with a chance to win at home and clinch a World Series berth here in Tyler.”

The NCAA has also announced regional sites at Webster (Central Region), Wisconsin-Whitewater (Midwest Region) and Washington & Jefferson (Mideast Region). The remaining regional sites have not been determined. The regional tournaments are double-elimination events that sends the winner to the NCAA DIII Championship. UT Tyler went 2-2 at last year’s NCAA Spokane Regional with wins over No. 14 Cal Lutheran and No. 18 Whitworth before being eliminated with losses to No. 3 Trinity and Pacific Lutheran. The Trinity Tigers went on to win the Spokane Regional and won the NCAA DIII National Championship.

UT Tyler is led by Porche in 2017 after he took over the program in August. Porche has 26 returners on the roster, including Trenton Buchhorn and Alex Bishop who earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors and Brady McCoy, Cason Adams, Graham Welch, Blake Wilson and Reese Read who are returning all-conference selections along with Buchhorn and Bishop. The returners are joined by 10 transfers and 12 players straight out of high school who will begin practice in early January and open their season on Feb. 10 against No. 11 Trinity in the first of three games to start the year in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Patriots will host their first three games at the Clements Fluids Classic from Feb. 17-19 at Irwin Field. UT Tyler will play its first home game against No. 11 Trinity which is coming off winning the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship.

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