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Thursday, February 16, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The No. 18-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host the Clements Fluids Classic this weekend in its home openers against No. 11 Trinity, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Centenary at Irwin Field.  

The Patriots (2-1) started their season last weekend with wins over the Tigers and Maryville College last weekend in Jackson, Mississippi and will make their home debut at 6 p.m. on Friday against Trinity (2-3) which won last year’s NCAA Division III National Championship. The Patriots earned a 6-2 win in the first game of the season last Friday with Cason Adams earning the win by allowing only two runs in six innings and Hunter Palmer securing a save with three scoreless innings of work.

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UT Tyler, which went 16-8 at home last season, will also host UMHB at 6 p.m. on Saturday before playing the Clements Fluids Classic finale at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Irwin Field.

Cody Brown (0-1) is scheduled to start on Friday against the Tigers which took three losses in Mississippi along with wins over Belhaven and Berry College. Brown, a senior who transferred in from Sam Houston State after two years at Tyler Junior College, opened his season with a loss to Berry College after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. He had three strikeouts and walked two in his first start. Adams will start on Saturday against UMHB after being named the ASC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.  A senior right-hander from Rockwall, Adams struck out seven in six innings of work. He improved to 17-9 in his career and now has 151 strikeouts. He is 17-5 since his freshman season in Tyler. Ryan Cheatham (1-0) will start on Sunday against the Gents following earning a win last Sunday against Maryville. A junior right-hander from Whitehouse, Cheatham pitched at TJC the last two years and opened his UT Tyler career with five strikeouts and allowed only one earned run in six innings of work.

The UT Tyler bullpen threw 9 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball with six pitchers. Palmer led the way with his three scoreless innings against Trinity, while Miles Thomas had two strikeouts in two innings against Berry College. Evan Kissinger, Max Page, Blake Brunnemann and Reese Read also had one-inning scoreless appearances in the first weekend of the season.

UT Tyler would finish the three-game road trip hitting .308 and outscored its three opponents by a 16-7 margin. Daniel Williams led the Patriots by going 7-for-13 with a home run and four RBI. A senior from Katy, Williams is a .375 career hitter with 23 RBI in his second season at UT Tyler. Brady McCoy, Trenton Buchhorn, Alex Bishop, Jared Pauley and Ben Romines each had four hits during the weekend while Gunnar Quick and Blake Wilson had two hits.

Bishop led the team with two home runs during the weekend where he was 4-for-13 and now has 10 home runs and 68 RBI in his career. Buchhorn, a senior from Arlington, had 60 RBI as a junior which is the second most in a season in program history and would drive in one run last weekend and have two doubles. McCoy and Bishop drove in three runs each for the Patriots, while Romines went 4-for-5 against Maryville in the final game of the weekend. Bishop went 3-for-5 with two RBI against Maryville, including home run. He also hit a home run in the season-opener against Trinity.

UT Tyler will play a non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Southwestern in Georgetown before opening American Southwest Conference play next weekend in Brownwood.

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