AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The UT Tyler baseball team lost a 6-5 decision to McMurry in the American Southwest Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon in the first elimination game in Austin.
The Patriots drop to 33-12 on the season, while the Warhawks improves to 22-23 and will face off against Concordia on Sunday afternoon in the championship game.
The Patriots held a 5-2 lead going into the ninth inning, before the Warhawk offense stormed back to re-take the lead at 6-5 and hold on for the victory.
UT Tyler scored first in the bottom of the second inning when TJ Martin led off with a walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by William Allen. Martin then scored when David Ring tripled to right field for the RBI to give the Patriots the 1-0 early advantage.
McMurry answered in the fifth inning with a run, before UT Tyler scored again in the bottom of the fifth with a Hayden Chick RBI-single to center field.
The Patriots scored two more in the seventh inning thanks to another Chick RBI-single that scored Jake Ashley. Garrett Machacek scored later on an RBI-fly out by Issac Tijerina.
UT Tyler added one more to their lead in the eighth innning when Billy Lirely scored on another Ring RBI, this a single up the middle.
Being down, 5-2 in the ninth inning, the Warhawks stormed back in their portion of the ninth inning with four runs off of four hits.
Marcellus Biggins led off the inning with a solo home run. Connor Griffith then delivered the game-tying blow with a double that scored two. The Warhawks then took the 6-5 lead when Matt Thompson belted an RBI-single to left field.
Michael Blevins was the Patriot starter, going five innings, only giving up two runs off of seven hits. Parker Sheets pitched the next three and one-third innings, giving up three runs on five hits.
Derek Miller took the loss, giving up one run on two hits in two-thirds innings pitched.
The Patriots will now have to wait and see if they will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. Selections will be announced on Monday, May 14.