Bertrand earns win No. 100 in 10-5 Patriot victory
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Denison (6-2)
#18 Texas-Tyler (13-6)
3/16/2016 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 252
Win: Reese Read (2-0) 2.010003
Loss: Cody Mauri (0-1) 4.255135
Jake Meegan (DENB) 413010
Alex Bishop (UTT) 533301
Sam Lane (UTT) 413110
Josh Burns (UTT) 303310

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Josh Burns and Alex Bishop drove in three runs on three hits each to lead No. 18 UT Tyler to a 10-5 non-conference win over Denison and Chris Bertrand earned his 100th career win as the Patriots head coach on Wednesday at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (13-6) improved to 10-3 at home in a game where nine pitchers threw and the offense pounded out 12 hits. Burns went 3-for-3 with a three-run double and a walk, while Bishop is now the team leader with 20 RBI after going 3-for-5 with his three RBI that included an eighth inning solo home run. Sam Lane would also have three hits with a 3-for-4 performance and one RBI, while Trenton Buchhorn drove in two runs on two hits and now has 19 RBI this season.

Reese Read (2-0) earned the win for the Patriots after going two innings in a predetermined innings limit in the midweek game, while Max Page, Turner Givens, Blake Brunnemann, Travis Payne, Tyler Stallings, Chris Stodolka, Chad Hayes and Jacob Clark each threw for the Patriots in the game. Read had a strong outing in his first start and 10th appearance of the season by striking out three and allowing only one hit as he faced only seven batters and left after the Patriots owned a 5-0 lead through two innings. Stodolka would strike out the side in the eighth in his only inning of work and the pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts but did give up 12 hits to Denison.

UT Tyler jumped out fast with a five-run first inning sparked by a leadoff walk from Graham Welch and an infield single by Sam Lane for the first run of the game. With two outs and one run on the board, an error kept the inning going and the Patriots would capitalize with Burns drilling a bases-clearing three-run double off the left-field fence for three unearned runs. The Big Red (6-2) would score two runs in the third inning but would trail 5-2 through five innings.

That lead would swell to 9-2 when the Patriots struck for four runs on four hits in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Buchhorn.

UT Tyler will return to American Southwest Conference action at 2 p.m. on Friday at Texas-Dallas for a single game before the Patriots and Comets play a noon doubleheader on Saturday in Richardson. The Patriots return home after the series to host Southwestern at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and LeTourneau next weekend at Irwin Field.