PREVIEW: @UTTylerBaseball, Blazers set for 3 at Irwin Field
Belhaven (7-4)
#13 UT Tyler (10-2)
3/3/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 225
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Win: Ryan Cheatham (4-0) 7.043328
Loss: T. Cable (1-1) 6.174446
T. Hodges (BU) 412301
Gunnar Quick (UTTBB) 523100

Thursday, March 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 13-ranked UT Tyler baseball team begins an 11-game home stand this weekend by hosting Belhaven University in a three-game set starting with a 6 p.m. opener on Friday and then Military Appreciation Day on Saturday with veterans and current military members receiving free admission for the 1 p.m. doubleheader at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (9-2, 2-1 ASC) are coming off an 8-3 midweek win at LSU-Alexandria and are 3-0 at home this season after sweeping through the Clements Fluids Classic two weeks ago with victories over Trinity, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Centenary. UT Tyler has won eight of nine game, including taking two of three from Howard Payne last weekend in its American Southwest Conference openers in Brownwood. The Blazers (7-3, 2-1 ASC) are coming off an 8-6 win over Millsaps on Tuesday and took two of three last weekend against Hardin-Simmons in Jackson, Mississippi.

UT Tyler senior Daniel Williams leads the Patriots this season with 23 hits and 17 RBI through the first 11 games of the season. A designated hitter from Katy, Williams is coming off a three-RBI game at LSU-Alexandria with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. He is hitting .500 on the year, including having four hits and four RBI in last week’s three-game set at HPU. Trenton Buchhorn was named the ASC Hitter of the Week on Monday after going 12-for-18 last week. A senior from Arlington, Buchhorn is hitting .457 with 10 RBI to start the season and added his second triple of the season on Tuesday at LSU-Alexandria.

Jared Pauley is third on the team with 14 hits and is hitting .304 as the team’s center fielder. A transfer from TJC, Pauley has started all 11 games in center field and is tied with Tim Hunter with the team lead with four stolen bases. Hunter has added 10 hits along with Blake Wilson, Ben Romines and Brady McCoy for the Patriots who are hitting .331 this season. Buchhorn leads the team with four doubles and two triples, while Williams and Alex Bishop have two home runs each. Bishop is a returning all-region performer and is hitting .316 with two doubles and nine RBI coming into this weekend.

UT Tyler has an impressive 3.28 pitching staff ERA and has recorded 84 strikeouts in 96 innings of work. Ryan Cheatham (3-0) is coming off a win over HPU in the series finale and owns a 2.00 ERA with 14 strikeouts and is scheduled to start the first game of the series on Friday. A junior from Whitehouse, Cheatham struck out seven in the win at HPU and also has wins over Maryville and Centenary this season. Cason Adams (1-0) also has 14 strikeouts and is coming off a no-decision in last weekend’s opener. A senior right-hander from Rockwall, Adams has walked only four batters in 16 1/3 innings of work in three starts and is scheduled to throw the final game of the series. Cody Brown (1-2) has started three games and leads the Patriots with 20 strikeouts. He took the loss in a 3-0 game last Saturday at HPU and comes into the fourth weekend of the year with a 3.94 ERA through 16 innings. Brown will make the start in the first game of the day on Saturday which is scheduled for seven innings.

Hunter Palmer (0-0) leads the bullpen with 12 strikeouts and has not allowed a run in 11 innings of work this season. A senior from Huntington, Palmer leads the team with six appearances and is tied with Reese Read with three saves. Read has made five appearances from the bullpen and has five strikeouts through five innings. Evan Kissinger (2-0) has two relief-appearance wins, including earning the victory last Friday in the 12-11 win over HPU that Adams started. A junior left-hander from Louisiana, Kissinger has not allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings. Miles Thomas (0-0) has made five appearances and has seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, while Sam Sitton (1-0) is coming off earning his first win after relieving Max Page (1-0) in Tuesday’s game at LSU-Alexandria. Sitton was making his first appearance of the season and threw two scoreless innings before Palmer came in to record a two-inning save. Blake Brunnemann and Chad Hayes have made two appearances each for the Patriots who have limited the opposition to only 85 hits in 96 innings.

Terrell Hodges leads Belhaven with 14 hits and a .412 batting average, while Daniel Ammirati and Stephen Sexton have 12 hits each. Sexton and Hodges are tied for the team lead with 11 RBI each, while JG Miley and Ty Dean come to Tyler with 13 hits through 10 games this season. Sexton leads the team with three home runs, while Hodges and Will Costinett have two homers. The Blazers are hitting .298 as a team with 21 doubles, three triples and nine home runs. Tyler Wolfe (3-0) leads the team with a 1.53 ERA through 17.2 innings, while Tanner Cable (1-0) has a 2.81 ERA through three starts and tops BU with 19 strikeouts in 16.0 innings of work. Shane Brown (1-1) has 15 strikeouts and a6.43 ERA through 14 innings and David Hall (2-1) has made two starts and one relief appearance where he has recorded nine strikeouts in 10 innings.

UT Tyler’s home stand continues next week when it hosts Northland College in a three-game series with one game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 and then a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday, March 9 at Irwin Field.


The UT Tyler softball and baseball programs will host Military Appreciation Day on Saturday with all veterans and current military members receiving free admission. The first 25 people who visit the Veteran Affairs table at the entrance of the Irwin Complex will receive free t-shirts and hot dogs and free drinks will be provided for military members. Saturday’s games will begin with the Korean War Veterans Color Guard at the softball game and the John Tyler JROTC at the baseball game.