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Sunday, February 19, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Daniel Williams went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs while Ryan Cheatham allowed only one run in seven innings of work to help lead the No. 18-ranked UT Tyler baseball team to a 4-1 win over Centenary in the final game of the Clements Fluids Classic at Irwin Field.

“I’m most impressed with the way our guys fight even when things aren’t going our way and we aren’t playing our best baseball,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “We are winning baseball game and we aren’t even close to playing our best baseball yet.”

Williams finished the three-game weekend 8-for-12 with five RBI for the Patriots (5-1) who pounded out 15 hits in the win over the Gents (7-3). Trenton Buchhorn added three hits, while Tim Hunter and Gunnar Quick had two hits each to lead the offensive production. A senior from Katy, Williams is 15-for-25 (.600) this season with nine RBI as the team's designated hitter. 

“To have a guy continue to come up big game-after-game is huge,” said Porche of Williams. “Especially when we are struggling a little bit to get going offensively. Danny is so big and strong and is doing a great job of staying in the zone a long time which is allowing him to hit balls hard, even when he isn’t 100-percent on time.”

 

UT Tyler swept through its home tournament with a 5-2 win over No. 11 Trinity on Friday and a 6-5 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday before taking the finale where the bullpen extended their scoreless innings streak to 15 with Miles Thomas and Reese Read each throwing a scoreless frame. Read recorded his second save of the season and the eighth as a Patriot after getting a flyout and two strike outs to end the game.

Cheatham (2-0) earned a Sunday win for the second straight week after striking out three and limiting the Gents to five hits. Cheatham worked around three walks in a 102-pitch performance before turning the ball over to Thomas who would get two flyouts and a groundout for a harmless eighth.

UT Tyler has now has four double-digit hit games through six with the 15 against Centenary being the second most after they had 18 last Sunday its 8-1 win over Maryville. Williams would drive in the first run of the game in the first inning with a single up the middle to extend a six-game hitting streak to start the season and would drive in another run in the fifth with another single through the middle. He would score the third run of the game on a balk call to give the Patriots a 3-1 lead after five innings.

Dalton Smith produced the fourth run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to drive in Henry Sanchez who had pinch ran for Williams who had hit his fourth single of the game to lead off the eighth. Buchhorn finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles, while Quick had a double and single to go 2-fpr-4 with two runs scored. Hunter went 2-for-4 as the leadoff hitter and Brady McCoy, Smith, Jared Pauley and Blake Wilson would each add singles in the 15-hit game for the Patriots.

UT Tyler finished the three-game Clements Fluids Classic hitting .333 with five doubles and 26 singles. The Patriots return to action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against Southwestern in a non-conference game in Georgetown before traveling to Brownwood to open American Southwest Conference play this weekend against Howard Payne. The YellowJackets are 3-4 this season after splitting a four-game series at Sul Ross in Alpine.  

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