RECAP: @UTTylerBaseball takes ASC road series from HPU
UT Tyler (7-2, 1-1 ASC)
Howard Payne (4-5, 1-1 ASC)
2/25/2017 | Brownwood, Texas | Attendance: 0
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Win: M. Parks (1-1) 6.030003
Loss: Cody Brown (1-1) 5.053349
Alex Bishop (UTTBB) 201000
Trenton Buchhorn (UTTBB) 301000
Kyle Broussard (UTTBB) 101000
Blake Wilson (UTTBB) 101000
N. Payne (HPU) 301100
Quackenbush (HPU) 311000
C. Lunceford (HPU) 211110
D. Groves (HPU) 101110
Ian Tyra (HPU) 111000

Saturday, February 25, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

BROWNWOOD – Trenton Buchhorn had a career-best five hits and the No. 18-ranked UT Tyler baseball team pounded out a season-high 22 hits to take a 13-6 series finale win over Howard Payne on Saturday after dropping a 3-0 decision to the Yellow Jackets in the first game of an American Southwest Conference doubleheader at Don Shepard Park.

The Patriots (8-2, 2-1 ASC) had a six-game winning streak end after being shut out for the only time this season, but responded emphatically in the series finale with Buchhorn leading the way with a 5-for-6 game with four RBI and Ben Romines going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. UT Tyler’s seven-run win came after it was trailing 4-2 through four innings with the team tying the game in the fifth with Buchhorn leading off with a double and then Romines and Time Hunter delivering a pair of RBI singles. The Patriots took their first lead on a Brady McCoy single to left field to score Buchhorn who had a two-out double to start a two-out rally in the sixth and Blake Wilson drove in two more with a single to center for a three-run sixth.

UT Tyler took the series 2-1 over the Yellow Jackets (4-6, 1-2 ASC) after also taking a 12-11 win on Friday in the opener.

“It’s always good to be able to win a series, especially on the road,” UT Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “We talked to our guys about not pressing when we get behind and to be in control in the box. We got behind in the second game today and were able to respond and put some quality at-bats together. Overall, we still aren’t putting our best baseball on the field. WE have things to work on and improve upon. We will be tested this week facing two good ball clubs in LSUA and Belhaven.”

Ryan Cheatham (3-0) earned the win for the Patriots in the finale after striking out seven and limiting HPU to three hits in five innings of work. A junior from Whitehouse, Cheatham is the first three-game winner for the Patriots this season and has struck out 14 and limited the opposition to 12 hits and six runs through 18 innings of work. Along with the offensive support, he was supported by a bullpen which consisted of appearances from Max Page, Hunter Palmer and Reese Read on Saturday. Palmer would strike out three in 1 1/3 innings to highlight the pen’s performance and now has 10 strikeouts in nine innings of work this season.

Buchhorn had two doubles, a triple and two singles in his five-hit performance and is now hitting .465 with 20 hits through 10 games this season. A senior from Arlington, he has 10 RBI this year and 70 over the past two years and 11th player in program history with five hits in the game. Joseph Towns (2005) and Phil Grau (2005) are the only two players in program history with six hits in a game.

Hunter would go 3-for-6 with three RBI from the leadoff spot in the lineup, while Daniel Williams, Wilson and Jared Pauley had two hits each. The 22 hits for the Patriots were the most this season, but the seventh time they’ve had double-digit hit games.

Cody Brown (1-1) took the loss in the opener after allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. The senior right-hander struck out nine in the game, but the UT Tyler offense was limited to four hits with singles from Alex Bishop, Buchhorn, Kyle Broussard and Wilson.

Buchhorn finished the series 9-for-14 with seven RBI, while Romines was 5-for-8 to lead the Patriots who hit .376 in the series at HPU. UT Tyler, which started the week with a 7-3 win over Southwestern in Georgetown, is now 5-2 away from home this season and will play at LSU-Alexandria on Tuesday before returning home to host Belhaven next weekend in an ASC series that will not count towards the conference standings. The series against the Blazers begins an 11-game home stand for the Patriots who are currently 3-0 at Irwin Field.