RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball opens Clements Fluids Classic with win over Trinity
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#11 Trinity (2-4)
#18 UT Tyler (3-1)
2/17/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 275
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Win: Cody Brown (1-1) 5.152038
Loss: Andrew Hoffman (0-1) 2.124451
Parker Cormack (TUBB) 412000
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 322110
Daniel Williams (UTTBB) 402300

Friday, February 17, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Daniel Williams hit a three-run double in the third inning and Cody Brown struck out eight to help lead No. 18 UT Tyler to a 5-2 win over No. 11 Trinity on Friday in the opening game of the Clements Fluids Classic at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (3-1) have now swept the season series against the defending NCAA Division III National Champions after also earning a 6-2 win over the Tigers (2-4) last Friday in Mississippi. UT Tyler would score four runs in the third inning, starting with a Blake Wilson walk with the bases loaded to bring in one and then Williams ripping a double down the first-base line to plate Tim Hunter, Jared Pauley and Wilson who had all reached on walks.

“We did a good job of being patient and laying off some good pitches to load the bases and Danny did a great job of staying on that off-speed pitch long enough to keep it fair,” UT Tyler head coach Brent Porche said. “We let their bullpen guy come in and really settle in. We’ve got to do a better job of putting offensive pressure throughout the entire game. Cody threw well tonight. He had some quick innings early and gave us a chance to get a lead and battled through the entire outing. I’m very happy about his performance and the direction he is headed.”

Williams finished the game 2-for-4 with his three RBI and is now 9-for-17 (.529) with seven RBI through four games this season. A senior from Katy, Williams also had a fifth inning single to center field in the home opener. UT Tyler was limited to four hits in the game with Williams having two and Wilson going 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs scored.

Brown (1-1) earned his first win as a Patriot after going 5 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. A senior transfer from Sam Houston and Tyler Junior College, Brown took a loss last Saturday against Berry College but would respond on Friday against Trinity with eight strikeouts and scattering five hits before turning to the UT Tyler bullpen which has now thrown 13 innings without allowing a run this season. Miles Thomas would give the Patriots 1 2/3 innings of relief where he had one strikeout and didn’t allow a hit, while Max Page threw the eighth inning with a strikeout in a perfect frame. Reese Read would come in to record the save and give the Patriots the home win.

“Our bullpen was once again lights out,” Porche said. “I’m proud of the focus and intensity we played with.”

Trinity’s Andrew Hoffman (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings, while Mark Tindal threw 5 2/3 innings of relief where he allowed only two hits and one run. Tindall struck out five of the 20 Patriots he faced on Friday.

UT Tyler returns to action at 6 p.m. on Friday against Mary Hardin-Baylor in a non-conference game following Centenary and the Cru playing at 3 p.m. at the Clements Fluids Classic.