@uttylerbaseball drops non-conference game to Pirates
Texas-Tyler (22-15)
Southwestern (16-23)
4/25/2016 | Georgetown, Texas | Attendance: 134
Win: Riley Wayland (2-2) 2.022103
Loss: Collin Belcher (0-1) 1.211102
Alex Bishop (UTT) 503200
Will Cates (SU) 522000
Ethan Luna (SU) 202210
Cole Kelly (SU) 402000

Monday, April 25, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

GEORGETOWN – The UT Tyler baseball team rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to force extra innings but would see Southwestern take a 6-5 win in 10 innings on Monday after a leadoff double resulted in a wild-pitch run at Rockwell Field.

The Patriots (22-15) finished off their non-conference schedule with a 10-6 record after falling to the Pirates (16-23) on their home field and splitting the two-game, regular-season series between the two teams. UT Tyler will complete its regular season with a three-game series against Sul Ross this weekend starting with a 7 p.m. game on Friday and a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday in Alpine.

Alex Bishop continued his impressive sophomore season on Monday by leading the Patriots with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI, while Brady McCoy and Blake Wilson added two hits each. The Patriots were down 2-0 after two innings before a Bishop double to left-center field scored McCoy for their first run. UT Tyler tied it in the fifth at 3-3 with Bishop driving in his second run on a single to left and then Trenton Buchhorn driving in his 49th run of the season with a sacrifice fly.

Southwestern would score two in the eighth to take a 5-3 lead to the ninth, but the Patriots would not go down easy with Josh Burns leading off the inning with a single and then Bryce Helmcamp reaching on an error. Burns scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one and then Graham Welch stepped up and tied the game with a single to right field.

Collin Belcher struck out two and got a pop out in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but the middle of the UT Tyler lineup would also go down in order in the 10th and set the Pirates up for a home walk-off win with O’Brien doubling and then scoring on a wild pitch.

Belcher (0-1) had a strong relief appearance in the eighth and ninth, but would take the loss after surrendering the double and seeing Reese Read come into the game in relief and throw a wild pitch that resulted in the run. Belcher struck out two and allowed only one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief, while Turner Givens did not receive a decision after going four innings in the starts. Jacob Clark also had a good night of relief, striking out four in three innings.