PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball to host HSU during Alumni Weekend
Hardin-Simmons (10-15)
#4 UT Tyler (23-4)
3/31/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 275
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Win: Hunter Palmer (1-1) 1.100001
Loss: Richardson (1-1) 0.122221
Cooling (HSU) 401000
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Johnson (HSU) 311000
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Langen (HSU) 401000
Ben Romines (UTTBB) 302110

Thursday, March 30, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The No. 4-ranked UT Tyler baseball team will host Hardin-Simmons in a three-game American Southwest Conference series along with Alumni Weekend on Friday and Saturday at Irwin Field after going on the road and earning a 6-3 win at Millsaps on Tuesday in Mississippi.

The Patriots (22-4, 11-1 ASC) have swept their last three ASC series against Belhaven, Sul Ross and Ozarks, while the Cowboys (10-14, 5-7 ASC) took two of three from Louisiana College last weekend on the road after being swept by Howard Payne the week before in Abilene. HSU is 6-4 away from Abilene this season and are 10th in the conference standings, while UT Tyler is atop the standings and is 12-2 at home. The Patriots enter this weekend ranked No. 4 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 by D3baseball.com and No. 8 in the Perfect Game rankings. The two teams met in the ASC Championship Finals last season with the Patriots taking two of three in Abilene to win the title and earn a trip to the NCAA Division III postseason.

UT Tyler’s starting pitching rotation will remain the same with Ryan Cheatham (7-0) throwing the opener at 6 p.m. on Friday, Cody Brown (3-2) the seven-inning game at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Cason Adams (5-0) the series finale. Cheatham leads the nation in victories and enters Friday’s start with a 2.42 ERA and 30 strikeouts through 44 2/3 innings of work. A junior from Whitehouse, Cheatham has allowed only 30 hits this season. Brown will take the ball to start Saturday’s doubleheader and enters the weekend leading the Patriots with 40 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings. A senior right-hander, Brown has a 3.63 ERA and is a two-time ASC Pitcher of the Week winner. Adams will start the finale after taking his career record to 21-9 with a win last Sunday at Ozarks. A senior from Rockwall, Adams has pitched for the Patriots for four years and has 179 career strikeouts which is the third most in program history. Reese Read recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday and now has a 0.68 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings. He is second in the ASC and in the nation with his saves total behind Zach Moseley who has eight saves for Howard Payne.

UT Tyler is hitting .326 as a team led by Daniel Williams (.457), Trenton Buchhorn (.418), Graham Welch (.393) and Ben Romines (.347). Williams went 5-for-5 in last week’s series finale at Ozarks and leads the Patriots with 48 hits and 32 RBI this season. A senior from Katy, Williams hit two home runs last weekend and now has a team-leading five this season and eight in his two seasons in Tyler. He also leads the team with 14 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI performances this season and his current batting average is the best in a season in program history with Kendall Fox’s .444 average in 2007 being the current record. Buchhorn was named the ASC Hitter of the Week on Monday for the second time this season after having 10 hits and eight RBI last week. A senior from Arlington, Buchhorn is on a six-game hitting streak and leads the Patriots with nine doubles and two triples. He also has three home runs, including hitting a grand slam at Ozarks last Saturday in the series opener. Only in his second season at UT Tyler, Buchhorn already has 88 career RBI in only 76 games played and comes into Friday’s game with nine multi-hit and six multi-RBI performances this season.

Welch, a sophomore outfielder, has only played in six games so far this season by has made the most of his return. After establishing a new program record with 10 triples last season, he already has 11 hits, including two home runs, a double and a triple since his return to the lineup. He was a single away from hitting for the cycle in last Sunday’s finale and has reached base in all six games he has played in. Gunnar Quick enters this weekend on a team-best seven game hitting streak and is hitting .298 on the season, while Tim Hunter leads the nation with 32 walks and also has 24 hits as the team’s leadoff hitter. Blake Wilson is hitting .304 with two doubles and 22 singles, while Alex Bishop has two home runs and 20 hits and Jared Pauley has 23 hits and eight RBI. Hunter’s walk total is already the sixth most in a season for the Patriots with Fox owning the record with 51 walks in the 2008 season. At catcher, Brady McCoy is hitting .262 with five doubles, 12 singles and has 12 RBI, while Kyle Broussard has two home runs and seven singles for the Patriots.

UT Tyler enters this weekend with 40 doubles, six triples, 16 home runs, 218 singles and has 41 stolen bases this season after having only 28 in 2016. The Patriots will return to action after this weekend with a 4 p.m. non-conference game against Millsaps next Tuesday at Irwin Field before traveling to play Louisiana College next weekend in Pineville, Louisiana.

UT Tyler 11-1 0.917 22-4 0.846 W4
UT Dallas 7-2 0.778 18-4 0.818 W3
Howard Payne 7-2 0.778 14-7 0.667 W7
East Texas Baptist 9-3 0.750 15-10 0.600 L1
Belhaven # 7-5 0.583 16-9 0.640 W4
Concordia Texas 7-5 0.583 15-11 0.577 L3
Louisiana College 6-6 0.500 15-9 0.625 W1
Mary Hardin-Baylor 4-5 0.444 10-12 0.455 L1
McMurry % 4-5 0.444 10-15 0.400 W1
Hardin-Simmons 5-7 0.417 10-14 0.417 L1
Univ. of Ozarks 3-9 0.250 9-13 0.409 L4
Sul Ross State 2-10 0.167 9-18 0.333 L6
LeTourneau 0-12 0.000 7-17 0.292 L3
# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)


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